Opportunity: Cooper University Hospital Periop Pathway Program

The Cooper University Hospital Periop Pathway Program embraces new graduate nurses as well as seasoned nurses with no prior operating room experience. An inclusive, scholarly program involving a didactic component intertwined with hands-on practice, candidates go through rotations of all specialty areas in the operating room.

The students are exposed to a lot of theoretical learning in the early weeks. They spend a generous amount of time reading textbooks, writing papers, taking exams, and watching videos. They also spend a few weeks in the Central Sterile Processing department learning instrument recognition and sterilization parameters. Throughout these early weeks the main clinical focus is to spend their time in the operating room scrubbing into surgeries. “The goal is to perfect their scrubbing skills so that they may anticipate the needs of a scrub person when they begin to perform the role of a circulator,” says Kathleen Williams, Clinical Educator at Cooper University Health Care.

OR nursing is by nature, very different than any other type of nursing. The transition for nurses is often difficult. Our program was developed to help smooth this transition by first selecting only the appropriate candidates for our program, which includes a shadowing day in the interviewing phase. The students who have graduated from the Periop Pathway program can all attest to the success of the program and how it prepared them for the vast perioperative experiences and gave them great exposure to perioperative nursing as whole.

“The periop 101 program has afforded me the ability to transition directly from school into my dream job by bypassing the traditional pit-stop in med-surge nursing. Its hand on teaching approach has allowed me to flourish in an otherwise unknown region of nursing. The operating room is an entirely different world, one that is not taught in nursing school. I consider myself incredibly blessed to be a part of this training program.” Grace Gilbert – May, 2016 graduate

“Our most successful candidates for the Cooper University Hospital Periop Pathway Program are those who have a drive to succeed and show a desire to want to learn new things in a rapidly changing team environment,” said Williams. Our operating room is a big team working together for one purpose. Our doctors, nurses, techs, and staff are motivated to get the job done in a safe, effective manner for our patients

The Periop Pathway Program is vital to the success of the Cooper University Health Care OR.

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