How to get into Periop Nursing

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    I've been a nurse for 3 years with experience in med-surg & psych! I'd love to hear how you got into the OR with no previous Periop experience. Tips. Thanks
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    I accepted a position as a Circulating Nurse for a Children's Hospital, and I start on the 14th. My story is that I'm a new grad and recently passed the NCLEX. Even though you aren't a new nurse, have you looked into any Intern/Residency programs to get into periop nursing?

    Good luck.
    Don
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    I found a Peri-Op program. Most larger hospitals seem to have them, which I had no idea about for a long time.
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    They really won't help unless you can be in the OR at the same time to back up the education. I got into the OR with no prior experience....6 months of orientation (maybe more), peri-op 101 from AORN. Love the OR....been there 6.5 years.

    MereSanity BSN, RN, CNOR
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I applied to a Periop 101 program at a hospital. It it was so competitive I didn't get in. Would my other options be to find an outside program and pay out of pocket? If so, is their a website I can find accredited, legit programs?
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    No! Without direct interaction in the OR the program will be useless to you...trust me...I've taken the course! It's a pricey program...you need to study it AND do it daily.
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    Quote from rnkv
    Would my other options be to find an outside program and pay out of pocket? If so, is their a website I can find accredited, legit programs?
    I think the better option would be to wait until you can get into a hospital's program. The reason being that yes, a class can teach you the theory of the basics, but it is the hands on experience that helps with retention and connecting theory to practice. Also, many hospitals will tailor the program specifically to their needs. Even if you do an outside program, you will still need the orientation program for that facility- and whatever program you pay for is not going to count as OR experience. Why spend the money? Especially if you may not get a job in the specialty for a while.
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    I am relocating to get into OR fellowship program because the few in my area are super competive. I am a BSN trained RN of 9 years. There is a community college that has a periop program in my area. Hospitals are so deseprate for OR nurses a few will accept graduates of the program. Talk to the places your applying to see if they willing to accept you after the program.
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    How do you even become a CVOR nurse?
    Last edit by dianah on Jul 14 : Reason: formatting
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    Quote from ChelsyPatino
    How do you even become a CVOR nurse?
    Apply for a job advertised as working in the cardiac ORs. Some facilities will have a specialized team; others will have everyone do everything. Some specialized teams may require OR experience before being permitted to apply for CVOR positions.


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