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Periop training, OR...help!! Texas

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KABEL97 KABEL97 (New) New

I just can't understand why there aren't more training programs. I tried for 2.5yrs to get into an OR residency. No luck. Even only 1 interview out of 6 major hospitals in Texas. I cannot find a dedicated periop training program in Texas, they are all lumped into regular residency programs. Does anyone know if the dedicated programs just offer the program without further employment commitment? I can't move to another state right now, so I will need to return to Texas after training. Also, what about periop training modules on the AORN site? Any OR nurses in here that have done it, had success finding a job, or anything similar?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Not TX, but in my facility new grads must complete both the nursing residency program and our OR orientation, which includes AORN Periop101. You may want to reach out to a recruiter to discuss what the orientation to the OR would include- while you would still complete the residency requirements, there should still be another structured orientation.

(I also moved your post to the OR forum for more relevant replies)

22 minutes ago, Rose_Queen said:

Not TX, but in my facility new grads must complete both the nursing residency program and our OR orientation, which includes AORN Periop101. You may want to reach out to a recruiter to discuss what the orientation to the OR would include- while you would still complete the residency requirements, there should still be another structured orientation.

(I also moved your post to the OR forum for more relevant replies)

For new grads correct. But I'm referring to experienced nurses who don't have to do a residency. I already have 1+ yr experience. Thanks for moving it. I couldn't find the OR forum.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Ah. Are you only searching for OR residencies? We do not refer to ours as such. It's just orientation. No other terms for it.

1 minute ago, Rose_Queen said:

Ah. Are you only searching for OR residencies? We do not refer to ours as such. It's just orientation. No other terms for it.

To my knowledge, it's the only way to get in here in Texas. All other OR positions require experience. Hence, looking for a peri-op program. I see many in the north, or southeast, but none here. How did you start?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

I applied for an open position. It did not state experience required and the training program was provided for all of us new to the OR nurses and even the surgical technologists who want back to school to become nurses completed parts of the program as well.

tiggertiffany, ADN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry/Med-Surg/Periop101. Has 4 years experience.

On 4/29/2020 at 6:26 PM, KABEL97 said:

I just can't understand why there aren't more training programs. I tried for 2.5yrs to get into an OR residency. No luck. Even only 1 interview out of 6 major hospitals in Texas. I cannot find a dedicated periop training program in Texas, they are all lumped into regular residency programs. Does anyone know if the dedicated programs just offer the program without further employment commitment? I can't move to another state right now, so I will need to return to Texas after training. Also, what about periop training modules on the AORN site? Any OR nurses in here that have done it, had success finding a job, or anything similar?

I can tell you I’m in Florida and only 2 hospitals on my coast offer the program. I’ve applied 31 times and with 3+ years of RN experience I just got offered a position. So my advice is to keep applying regardless of how many times you’ve applied. If this is your passion keep applying. I know it’s hard but when the timing is right you will get your opportunity 💪🏻