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Residency programs for non-new grad RNs?

by nursejay622 nursejay622 (New) New Nurse

Has 8 years experience.

I've been working in ambulatory care for a long time and am interested in transitioning to the OR. Of course hospitals need you to have some kind of experience. Are there residency programs for RNs already working in the field who just want training in a new department? Are residency programs only for new grads?

Thank you for your insight!

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

It depends on the terminology. There may be OR residencies available, and they would be for anyone new to the OR. However, not all facilities call their OR orientation a residency. Mine certainly doesn't, but the OR orientation is structured, lasts 6 months (new nurses only circulate and do not scrub), and includes AORN Periop101. If you are interested in the OR, I would apply to positions unless they require OR experience. Ask about the orientation program in the interview.