Registered Nurse - Operating Room Perioperative Nursing is an online postgraduate certificate that prepares the Registered Nurse to function as a competent team member in the perioperative operating room.
The theory and clinical practice components are done concurrently during this 16-week program with much of the classroom work done online.
This program is organized in two phases.
Phase I consists of 16 weeks of online theory delivery, including:
- current ORNAC standards, principles and application
- surgical anatomy
- intensive study of surgical interventions and surgical technologies, including indications and complications
- role of the circulating nurse
- role of the scrub nurse
- clinical lab skills hours completed at George Brown College (if applicable)
Phase II includes:
- 320 hours of clinical exposure which must be done for 12 weeks at a minimum of three days per week.
- Clinical placement is done concurrently with the theory course (Test 1 must be passed in order to enter the Phase II Clinical.)
- Clinical lab skills are preceptored at the clinical hospital if applicable, or students attend the college for clinical lab skills.
- Students are exposed to several services such as:
- General Surgery
Weekly discussions and assignments are posted through the college Blackboard.
A reflective clinical essay is required at the end of the course. Clinical experiences are scheduled in the hospital operating room in which the student is working.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website