Currently love where I work b/c of how close it is from my house & the hours are really good. However, the OR has always been my dream, which I’m still planning to pursue down the road (likely in a few years).
I’m from Canada & found several colleges that offer periop programs, which have been approved by ORNAC (Operating Room Nurses of Canada). The length of study ranges from 10 weeks to 6 months, depending on the college. There’s no college in my city that offers a periop program so I’d have to apply to a college in a diff city & do all of the theory online. I will likely have to travel to a diff city for the college’s lab portion then do a practicum placement in my city.
I don’t mind doing the schooling nor having to travel to a different city to do the lab portion as I don’t have kids & I’m single. What I do mind is the tuition fee for the course (ex: $5k for one of the colleges). I am likely able to get some of that tuition reimbursed through an education fund that my employers offer, but the max I can request is $750.
Has anyone taken a periop program at a college before (doesn’t have to be in Canada)? If so, how was the experience? And was it worth paying the few thousands of dollars to do the course?
Is it better to just keep applying for OR jobs and just hope I get offered on the job training?
Thanks in advance if anyone can help a girl out!!