As summer winds down and schools across the province open their doors, nurses at BC Children’s Hospital are also beginning classes. On August 29, five nurses with diverse backgrounds began a five month in-house operating room (OR) training program established to increase staffing in the surgical specialty; this is the second class to begin training since the program was introduced earlier this year.
BC Children’s top priority is to provide children and their families with the highest quality of care. To help achieve this goal, OR nurses must have specialized training to gain the necessary skill set for the OR. Working with infants and children means different sized instruments, procedures and medications; not only does the program prepare nurses for the OR, but more specifically, to be able to support care in a pediatric environment.
“The entire operating room is excited about this new program, and looks forward to growing the team using this evidence based curriculum,” said Surgical Services Program Manager Trish Page. “The five month program is a great opportunity for nurses at BC Children’s to continue their education and specialize within their profession.”