Written by Pearl Leung, Senior Consultant, Strategic Transformation

Meet Jie Xu and Maria Ingram, the new educators for the in-house perioperative training program at Royal Columbian Hospital.

Photo: The current and first cohort of nurses enrolled in the program. Front row from left to right: Sat Sandhu, Sara Boychuk Back row from left to right: Melissa Mitchell, Diana Thorogood, Dara Konjevic, Amanda Sawatzky

To support our increasing specialty training needs, Fraser Health has begun to offer in-house perioperative training in addition to the current BCIT and Grand Prairie training programs. The new 10-month program for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) combines a standardized, evidence-based online curriculum with hands-on skills labs, in-situ operating room experiences and clinical practicums to prepare nurses to work in the operating room (OR).

Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital are the first sites to implement the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Periop 101™ program, with the second implementation planned for Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in 2018.

Meet Jie Xu and Maria Ingram, the new clinical nurse educators at Royal Columbian Hospital

Q: What attracted you to this new role? 

JX: Maria and I were both OR nurses at Royal Columbian Hospital prior to taking on the clinical nurse educator role for the AORN in-house Perioperative Training Program. We were attracted to this role because we think this program presents a unique opportunity that will benefit both the OR staff and students. For instance, the program can facilitate a smooth transition of students into the actual OR environment. This in turn will help to attract and retain them. It is a forward-thinking strategy that will strengthen the future of the department.

Q: What have you done to prepare for the launch of AORN?

JX: Maria and I have done a lot, although it feels like it’s never enough! We started out reviewing the AORN Periop 101™ course curriculum (online modules) to obtain our administrator certificate. From that, we developed a core curriculum schedule that is approximately 10 months in duration and a lesson plan for each day of the course. We have also completed the AORN Preceptor Certificate Program and created handbooks for preceptors. In between all of this, Maria, Roop (Royal Columbian Hospital OR Educator) and I held open houses at Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital, conducted student interviews and invited various guest speakers to enrich the program, just to name a few.

Open House - From left to right: Manroop (Roop) Bains, Royal Columbian Hospital OR Clinical Nurse Educator, Jie Xu, Maria Ingram

Q: That sounded like a lot of work! So what’s next?

JX: The first cohort of students started on Monday November 6th. We are eager to see how students, preceptors and the perioperative team will perceive the training program. As this is the first time ever AORN is being implemented in Fraser Health, we’re always looking for feedback for improvement.

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