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Curriculum

The Fellowship in Perioperative Nursing follows the Periop 101: A Core

Curriculum from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Your training topics will include:

  • Introduction to Perioperative Nursing
  • Surgical Environment
  • Latex Allergy
  • Perioperative Assessment
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Safety in the Surgical Suite
  • Environmental Sanitization and Terminal Cleaning
  • Anesthesia
  • Medications and solutions
  • Wound Closure and Healing
  • Positioning the Patient
  • Hemostasis, Sponges and Drains
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Documentation
  • Specimens
  • Scrubbing, Gowning and Gloving
  • Skin Prep
  • Surgical Draping
  • Electrosurgery
  • Tourniquets and Implants
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Critical Thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Perianesthesia Nursing

In addition there will be specialty lectures on the following topics:

  • Perianesthesia Nursing
  • Central Service/Sterilization/Instrumentation
  • Role of the CRNA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology Surgery
  • General/Transplant Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Gynecology Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Urology Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Quality Management in Perioperative Services
  • Informatics
  • Management

During your perioperative nursing clinical experience, you will care for patients who are undergoing general and specialty surgery, such as:

  • Cardiac
  • Colon and rectal
  • Gynecologic, reproductive and endocrinology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic
  • Otorhinolaryngology/oral/ophthalmologic
  • Plastic
  • Thoracic/vascular
  • Organ transplant
  • Trauma/critical care
  • Urology

You will work closely with registered nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, surgical technologists and other surgical team members to provide individualized care to patients undergoing surgery.

Grading or Evaluation
Mayo School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examinations
  • Case Presentations
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty review

Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance, allowing students who are experiencing academic difficulty to be directed to appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum Enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.

Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure quality.

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