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Robert Rives
Hi everyone. I am very curious to see what other facilities have in place for orientation and training for new grad ...
Robert Rives Category Novice Nursing Mar '20

Our current training program is 7 months.  Each intern receives seven weeks of instructive didactics and skills ...
Jennifer Metrejean
Good afternoon! I am looking for any training tools available to AORN members for preparing new grad nurses to ...
April Dzik April Dzik May '20
I am interested in this as well.
Karen Knapp
VOTING MATTERS! While we are all saddened by the cancellation of AORN Expo 2020, the business of the association ...
Karen Knapp Category Novice Nursing Mar '20
Emily Andersen
At our surgery center we are beginning to see a gap in our generations of employees. We have alot of younger newer ...
One method we have used was to have the more experienced staff write up and share some of their more ...
Amy-Lauren Sheyer
Has anyone had any experience with a peer support/mentoring program established in your OR for new nurses? If so, ...
My RN new grad residency program utilized a mentor. This person was ideally not from the same department and was ...
Eileen Giordano
How are people dealing with traffic in Total Joints? Are staff, relieved for break, lunch? What about anesthesia ...
our total joint rooms go into "lock down" for the duration of the case and nobody is allowed to leave.  Does anyone ...
Debra Worley
We have a surgeon that insist on using a raytec to absorb blood during a laparoscopic procedure.  There are 2 ...
Debra Worley Category Novice Nursing Jan '20
Hi there, Rachel here from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I work at the Children's OR. I'd love to hear more feedback ...
Tracey Young
Do you do counts for D and C TY
Tracey Young Category Novice Nursing Feb '19
We do 3 counts with D&Cs: beginning, end and when the legs come out of stirrups. 
Paula Loane
Hi all,

I've recently accepted a position as Peri-op educator (OR, Endo, Cardiac Cath, IR, CSD) working under ...
Paula Loane Category Novice Nursing Jan '18
I have new nurses spend 2 weeks learning basic instrument identification.  We work on the basic 200 instruments ...
Susan Sharp
Who should bear the burden of cost to replace worn instruments that belong to the vendor?  We have a vendor that ...
Susan Sharp Category Novice Nursing Aug '19
If they break in our staffs hands for instance driving in a drill bit or screw, by dropping something or if something ...
Kelli Warden
How does everyone perform the QC on your cell savers? Do you get the K+, Heparinized saline % and Hematocrit or only ...
Kelli Warden Category Novice Nursing Apr '18
We are checking potassium and hematocrit PRE and POST processing (to determine supernatant removal) then ...
Ruth Nash
I am a retired. Surgical Service Director of 26 years . RN 56 years. In 1961 the womens movement decided to clean us up ...
Ruth Nash Category Novice Nursing Jul '17
Some very valid points!!!!
Lynne Bindon
Does anyone have a nurse intern program that you would be willing to share the curriculum? We are trying to energize ...
Lynne Bindon Category Novice Nursing Jun '18
HI Lynn,
By Nurse Intern Program are you referring to new grad? If so, I would recommend the AORN Periop 101 program. ...
Kirsten Bergstrom
How do scrub techs compare to CNA's, if they do?  Specifically, if a nurse on the floor delegates to a CNA and the CNA ...
I may be confused, but I think there's too many situation-specific details missing to answer your question ...
Crysta Fischer
I am an RN with 15 years experience but new to the OR.  My end of fellowship presentation will be on the workplace ...
I, too, have found difficulties in the workplace culture since I've transitioned into the OR. In my experience I ...