Nursing Students Try Out Perioperative Nursing through the AAMC Nursing Institute
“Oh my! This is hard!” exclaimed a student who came through the recent AAMC Nursing Institute course, Introduction to Perioperative Nursing course.
This two-credit elective provides Anne Arundel Community College nursing students with theoretical and clinical experience in the perioperative setting. Specifically, the role of a perioperative nurse is explored during 18 hours of didactic and 40 hours of hands-on clinical time.
As always, the students were blown away at the level of teamwork and knowledge demonstrated by the staff in Surgical Services.
Although the course is designed to attract students into the periop specialty, they will be able to utilize their new skills–such as aseptic technique, surgical conscience, patient safety, the role of different team members, and hand off communication–in any nursing setting.
According to Margaret Saul, RN, CNOR, clinical educator in the OR, “The transformation in the knowledge gained by the students during the course is nothing short of amazing!”
In fact, this course has been so successful that other hospitals are seeking opportunities to offer the same type of program in their community.
The students asked that we convey their deepest, most heartfelt thanks to our staff for welcoming them and teaching them about what you do to help the people of our community stay healthy and well.
-Denise Schmitt, MS, BSN, RN, CEN