Training to expect


I will graduate in December and have applied for an OR position in a small community hospital. I am told that they do occasionally hire graduate nurses and they are listed on AORN's website as having the periop 101 training through AORN. I wonder if any of you can suggest some inquiries to make in an interview regarding the training. One concern I had is that I was told you start off in the OR central supply area learning the sterilization process and (I am assuming) tray/kit setups. I have no problems with this, but I sure don't want to be in CS for months! What is an accepted time frame for basic training and what kind of "training rotations" should I expect? I know you all work in many different types of hospitals, but there must be some standards I should expect and be able to inquire about. Any help on this is greatly appreciated.


Specializes in O.R., ED, M/S.

You will get many opinions on this. There are a number of threads in the past on this subject. Do a search. Good luck


Specializes in Periop, CNOR.

If they follow the AORN periop 101 program, there are 26 modules to complete as part of your training. Ideally you will be paired with a preceptor from the onset and your didactic work will coincide with your clinical experiences. In our facility the periop 101 students spend a week of half-days in sterile processing learning instruments of basic trays.

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