Looking for a peri op training program

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by bluescrubs bluescrubs, ADN, ASN, RN Member

Specializes in Corrections, Surgical. Has 2 years experience.

Hello,

I am a travel medsurg/tele nurse with a little over 2 years of experience. I'm looking to transition into a peri 101 training program. It seems so hard to get into the OR these days. I know the training program is about a year. Do they open up the program in specific seasons like fall and Spring? I'm not seeing any openings

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,199 Posts

This will vary from facility to facility. My former employer did not differentiate positions for experienced vs new to the OR RNs, nor did it restrict hiring dates. My current employer has separate job postings, and takes on new to the OR RNs quarterly. Your best bet is to reach out to recruiters at facilities you are looking to work for.

bluescrubs, ADN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, Surgical. Has 2 years experience. 280 Posts

Thank you. I wasn't sure if I should apply to regular OR openings since I do not have experience but it won't hurt to apply. The worst they can say is no since I do not have experience. I just assumed that you had to go through a peri op training program first.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development. Has 17 years experience. 5 Articles; 11,199 Posts

21 minutes ago, bluescrubs said:

Thank you. I wasn't sure if I should apply to regular OR openings since I do not have experience but it won't hurt to apply. The worst they can say is no since I do not have experience. I just assumed that you had to go through a peri op training program first.

There are some that just refer to it as orientation, and as someone new to the OR the orientation is longer.

jdsmom

jdsmom, RN

Specializes in Pediatric and Adult OR, Tele. Has 12 years experience. 16 Posts

If you are willing to relocate, Banner Health in AZ runs periop programs at many hospitals, usually once or twice a year. It's about 5-6 months long.  They are currently taking applications. I have been in the OR for 12 years and it has been a great career for me. I was trained at the facility where I still work. Good luck!