This ORNAC-approved (2017) postgraduate program utilizes current perioperative nursing research and strictly adheres to ORNAC Standards of Practice, preparing the Registered Nurse to function at the beginner level as a team member in the perioperative setting. It includes intensive study of relevant anatomy and surgical interventions related to the nursing process and the perioperative patient. Simulation Lab practice consolidates the development of the "scrub" and "circulating" roles.
There are 2 modes of delivery – in-class and online.
In-class: Students should have some registered nursing and surgical nursing experience. Phase 1 is completed at George Brown College where Theory and 75 Simulation Lab hours are completed over six weeks full-time at the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences, located at the Waterfront Campus. This is followed by Phase 2, an eight-week full-time clinical placement. NOTE: There is a plan to convert the program delivery to Hybrid in Fall 2019. Applicants will be notified if this change is implemented.
Online: Students are Registered Nurses that are new hires sponsored within their own hospital's perioperative setting or have some previous experience within the perioperative area. Phase 1 (the first 12 days) is partially completed at George Brown College. This includes the basic Lab Skills and the foundational Theory component. Test 1 is completed during this time. The remaining Phase 1 and Phase 2 are completed concurrently while the student returns to their own hospital to start their required clinical placement hours.
The program is organized into two phases.
Phase I Nursing 4045 consists of theory content and skills development, 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, completed in a state-of-the-art Simulation Centre at George Brown College
Phase II Nursing 4046 includes an 8 to 14 week clinical placement (variable based on in-class or online mode of delivery).
In-class: 8 weeks full-time
Online: A minimum of 3 days per week in an operating room setting will be required. Learners must have passed Test 1 from Phase I in order to move to Phase II.
Students are exposed to several services (e.g. General Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Plastics, ENT and Orthopedics). While in the clinical settings, learners will participate in online discussions, live video conferences and submit assignments through an online learning management system (Blackboard). Clinical experiences are scheduled in hospital operating rooms both within and outside of the Greater Toronto Area, or settings in which the learner is working.