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by Starkiss1209 Starkiss1209 (New Member) New Member Nurse

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Hello All:

I have been stalking this page for a while and I have a question for you all. I have been a nurse for 13 years. My specialty is NICU, PICU, and Peds CVICU. I am currently a travel nurse. I want to change specialties to operating room. So here are my questions:

1) Has anyone ever taken the Periop 101 course online through healthstream? I mean pay for it on your own and take the course. If so could you tell me about your experience with the course?

2) If you have taken the online healthstream course did you seek out a preceptor or not and were you able to find a job once you finished?

I am trying to plan my next move so your help will be very helpful. Thanks so much!!!!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Many places of employment will incorporate Periop101 into the orientation process. I know that in my facility, even those who have taken P101 on their own but not worked in the OR are put through the course again.

You may wish to research facilities near you or that you are already working in as to their hiring practices. Some may only hire RNs without OR experience at certain times of the year as they only run the P101 one or two times a year. Others may run continuously as new nurses are hired due to staffing reasons.

Additionally, clinical time is going to require an agreement between you and a facility. Many times, the facility will only accept an agreement through a school that provides oversight via an instructor with check ins happening periodically. It is unlikely that you as an individual would be able to find a preceptor within a facility willing to take on someone without a school behind them.

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@Rose_QueenThank you so much for the information. I live in Atlanta and I am currently looking into different hospitals and their programs now. I am going to stop traveling for a while to change specialties so I have to make a decision soon because my assignment end in December. Thanks again for your help!

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I went through the perioperative course through Loma Linda Allied Health School. Wonderful specialty if you can break into it. 

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ICU4U has 20 years experience and specializes in med surg, ca , critical care.

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I wonder if because I am doing it through my facilities healthstream, if that is why I cant access the study guide for the course?

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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4 hours ago, ICU4U said:

I wonder if because I am doing it through my facilities healthstream, if that is why I cant access the study guide for the course?

So when you are working through the modules you are not going to the AORN site? Are you awarded the contact hours for completion?

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ICU4U has 20 years experience and specializes in med surg, ca , critical care.

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No It is all through the healthstreams site, we were given a one year subscription to Aorn and are able to view all the video and guidelines and such.  We do also get contact hours at the end.  So maybe because the course is not listed in that area on MYAORN is why I cant see the studyguide?

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