10 years of OR induction programme

Nursing staff at Auckland DHB are celebrating this month after completing the 10th year of a successful Operating Room (OR) education programme.

More than 200 nurses have completed the New to OR course since it was introduced in January 2004, with more than 120 nurses remaining in post. And, of those who left, around 50 have remained in the perioperative environment, both nationally and internationally.

Nurse Consultant, Tracey Lee, is the facilitator for the course which runs two to three times a year. “The 12-week course has naturally progressed over the years to ensure standardised training and education across all Auckland DHB ORs, and incorporates knowledge and skills across approximately 22 specialties that use the operating rooms.

“Candidates have theory study days on specific aspects and roles within the OR before moving into the clinical area to work alongside their preceptor. The emphasis is to provide a safe learning environment that uses all aspects of training such as the simulated OR in the Clinical Skills Centre,” she adds.

Candidates are supernumerary during the course and are either new graduates or those with nursing experience but not in operating rooms.

New to OR nurse, Jeeyoung Yi, who took part in the course last year says: “Understanding the complexities of pre-operative preparation, and post-operative care gave me a greater understanding of the patients’ journey through the perioperative area and how this care impacts on patient outcomes.”

Each new nurse has a chance to focus on a particular area of practice at a time and develop skills in a nursing role while gaining confidence, before moving on to a different nursing role.

Auckland DHB’s Chief Nursing Officer, Margaret Dotchin, applauded the achievement. “The dedication of the nurse educators, charge nurses and preceptors who support the New to OR nurses to gain the knowledge and then apply it to nursing practice in the clinical area, is testament to the programme’s success.”

“And for more than 80 per cent of nurses to remain in posts in our ORs or in perioperative care elsewhere is impressive. I congratulate all those involved.”

To find out more about the course, contact Sonu Anand at the Careers Centre on 09 638 0429, email: sonua@adhb.govt.nz or look out for the forthcoming advert in April.

 For further information about a career with Auckland DHB visit our careers website(external link).

 Photo Caption: Past and present (left to right) course facilitators and nurses in the Clinical Skills Centre’s simulation operating room.

-                 Leigh Anderson, Project Manager

-                 Tracey Lee, Nurse Consultant Operating Room and Anaesthesia

-                 Prue Hames, Manager Starship Operating Theatres

-                 Wendy Guthrie, Perioperative Nurse Leader and Manager, Adult and Emergency ORs

-                 JeeYoung Yi, New to OR nurse

-                 Hieny Jereza, New to OR nurse, and

-                 Karen Beckett, Charge Nurse Adult General Surgery and Urology.


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