Chamberlain University, which has the largest nursing school in the U.S., and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), creators of evidence-based guidelines and education resources for perioperative practice, announced a new educational partnership to help address the critical shortage of operating room nurses across the nation.
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Starting in early 2022, Chamberlain and AORN will launch a 16-week online training module in perioperative nursing designed to address industry needs and prepare students to acquire an educational badge in the specialty. Perioperative nurses, also referred to as operating room nurses or surgical nurses, work with surgical patients in the pre- and intra-operative process and through recovery in post-anesthesia care units.
The badge specialty program will be available exclusively through Chamberlain. It is designed to be aligned with perioperative industry-specific competencies defined by AORN, and it is being offered at no additional cost as a non-credit bearing option to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The initiative aligns with the University’s ongoing commitment, and that of its Chicago-based parent company Adtalem Global Education, to address critical workforce needs.
“Chamberlain is a leading workforce solutions provider, and we are confident that this partnership with AORN will assist in providing solutions to the challenges facing healthcare systems across the nation,” said Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, and President, of Chamberlain University. “There is a need to increase awareness of perioperative nursing opportunities because, until now, undergraduate nursing studies provide limited exposure to the specialty. With this program, Chamberlain will graduate nurses who are both interested in and prepared to pursue additional specialty training for the perioperative setting.”
“Hospitals and ambulatory centers are significantly challenged to recruit nurses with the necessary qualifications to work in the perioperative setting,” said AORN’s CEO/Executive Director, Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN. “This is due, in part, to limited perioperative education in nursing schools and nursing students not being exposed to the many career opportunities that can be realized in the surgical suite. We are very grateful to Chamberlain for being part of the solution.”
About Chamberlain University: chamberlain.edu.
About AORN: www.aorn.org
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