Perioperative Nursing Program

Perioperative Nursing Description

The Introduction to Perioperative Nursing Program has been available to nurses for 14 years with students doing the internship portion of the program at various sites across New England. These sites  have included Mount Auburn, Beverly Hospital, Winchester Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, VA Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Anna Jacques Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Northshore Medical Center, Emerson Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lahey Clinic in Burlington, and Milford-Regional.

This program is a one-semester program designed to provide Registered Nurses from other specialties and new graduate nurses with an understanding of the operating room nurse’s role and responsibilities.  

This program is comprised of 42 hours of classroom, 16 hours of skills lab, and 240 hours of mentored clinical experience. This curriculum closely integrates learning experiences in the classroom, skills lab, and in the clinical setting. Participants will not only earn college credits and a certificate of completion, but they will also learn the theoretical concepts, principles, and skills of perioperative nursing based on the standards and recommended practices established by Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Licensure as a Registered Nurse is required. 

At the completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Identify the role and responsibilities of the perioperative nurse 
  • Identify the components of the nursing process into the perioperative experience 
  • Apply principles of aseptic technique in the perioperative environment 
  • Discuss the process of disinfection/sterilization of instrumentation and equipment 
  • Describe aspects of safety in the perioperative setting 

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Perioperative Nursing Courses 

This program is comprised of 42 hours of classroom, 16 hours of skills lab, and 240 hours of mentored clinical experience. This curriculum closely integrates learning experiences in the classroom, skills lab, and in the clinical setting. The program content is generic and applicable to perioperative nursing in any facility or location.

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Perioperative Nursing Job Outlook 

Perioperative Nursing is an exciting and rewarding area of nursing that requires nurses to have highly specialized knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive care to the client during the intraoperative period. There is an increasing number of surgical procedures being performed on a short-stay or outpatient basis. Despite these trends, content and clinical activities specific to perioperative nurses have been virtually eliminated from most undergraduate nursing curricula while the complexity of surgical client care has increased the demand for perioperative nurses. Today perioperative nurses are sought by operating managers throughout Massachusetts. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that job opportunities for all registered nurses, including those working in operating rooms, would grow by 16% from 2014 - 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. 

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Upcoming Course Schedules 

For more information or course schedules, please call 978-886-7032

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