The Perioperative Nursing Residency is designed for the Registered Nurse who is interested in and committed to pursue Perioperative Nursing as a specialty. The residency will prepare the Nurse to perform nursing activities during the Pre-Operative, Intra-Operative and Post-Operative phases of a patient's surgical experience, with a focus on the Intra-Operative phase.
The residency consists of AORN's Perioperative Nursing Course 101 program in conjunction with clinical practice. This program is designed to provide basic didactic perioperative education that gives the novice perioperative nurse the rationale and theory needed to provide safe perioperative patient care. Some home-study activities will be required. Work hours will generally be 0645 to 1515, Monday thru Friday. Once the nurse has successfully completed this didactic program, the perioperative training/orientation will continue for approximately six months. Each nurse will, based on desire and in conjunction with departmental needs, be assigned to orient to either the Main OR (in-patient) or McDonnell Surgery Center's (out-patient) OR. The orientation will be specific to the assigned department.
Initially, the orientation will consist of six weeks of scrubbing in General and GYN services and six weeks of circulating in General and GYN services. Proficiency in scrubbing should be maintained via scrubbing in General and GYN at least one day per week to the end of the program. Scrubbing in additional services may be an option dependent upon interest, time available and staffing dynamics.
Once orientation is complete, the RN Resident will become a full- time staff nurse in their assigned department and they may specify their preference of shift; however, the obligation is to meet patient/departmental needs, working whichever shift is needed. The area of assignment may also involve taking call (aka "dot days") during the week/weekends, as well as working holidays on a rotated basis.
Although the selection process for the Perioperative RN Residency Program is competitive, the program is extremely challenging and rewarding. Panel interviews are conducted by a human resources representative, clinical managers, educators and directors of the perioperative units. A current unrestricted Georgia Nursing License and AHA-approved CPR card is required prior to beginning the Perioperative RN Residency Program.
For questions about any RN Residency Program, please contact the Nursing Development Department at Piedmont Hospital via email at Nursing.Development@piedmont.org