Studies have shown an association between level of education and patient safety. However, filling open positions with experienced and educated nurses is harder than it used to be, and the anticipated number of retiring OR managers is projected to grow over the next several years. How to replace those planning to retire has long been a concern, but innovative educational programs aimed at bolstering the ranks of perioperative services staff and leaders hold promise for the future.
In this Special Report: Education, we take an in-depth look at how healthcare facilities are preparing new nurses for the OR and helping experienced staff and leaders expand their skill sets. You’ll learn about new ways to help BSN student nurses get OR clinical experience through a combination of AORN’s PeriOp 101 course work and hands-on clinical training. You’ll find that even long-time OR staff can increase their knowledge and job satisfaction by serving as preceptors. And you’ll discover how mandatory annual education for all staff can become an exercise that people welcome rather than dread – with a little creativity and support from leaders who want their teams to succeed.
Whether you are among the ranks of soon-to-retire OR leaders or new to perioperative services management, these articles will give you some ideas for maximizing the potential of your staff. Topics covered include:
- Academic-clinical partnership adds perioperative component to BSN curriculum
- New perioperative immersion clinical steadily spreading its wings
- Orientation redesign improves employee satisfaction, retention
- ‘Education day for surgical services’ hones skills, builds team spirit
- Mandatory BSN program launched in response to IOM recommendation
- Innovative nurse training program bolsters interest in OR career
- And more!
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