This major is a program that prepares registered nurses (RNs) to provide care to patients before and during surgery and provide tableside assistance to surgeons.
Includes instruction in operating room safety and preparation, aseptic technique, anesthesia, patient preparation, surgical instruments and procedures, sterilization and disinfecting, surgical drugs and solutions, hemostasis, emergency procedures, and patient/family education.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing Major (use the College Search feature and enter "perioperative" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing Major?
If you work as a nurse in this specialty area, you are a licensed registered nurse (RN) who will assist in the operating room. As well, you will provide pre- and post-operative care to patients who have undergone surgery. You will need advanced experienced and credentialing beyond just the RN license.
Organizations in Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses
- American Nurses Association
- American Board of Nursing Specialties
- National Student Nurses Association
- Nurses Peer Support Network
- Association for Nursing Professional Development
- Travel Nursing
- National Association of School Nurses
Publications/Magazines in Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing