Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Knowledge of surgical procedures, instruments, and supplies is essential to the perioperative nurse working in the operating room (OR). Nursing school curricula do not specifically educate surgical nurses; therefore, it is difficult to fill open OR positions with experienced perioperative nurses. The purpose of this doctoral project was to develop a perioperative educational program for RNs newly hired in the OR. The practice-focused question asked whether an evidence-based staff education program for the novice perioperative nurse would increase the nurse's knowledge of OR procedures and protocols for patient management. The novice-to-expert framework was used to explore how adult learners acquire knowledge. Five experts were asked to review the educational program for its content, readability, length, and learner objectives using a 5-point Likert scale questionnaire consisting of 8 questions. Experts strongly agreed that the program content met learner objectives. The program was then presented to 4 novice nurses with a pretest/posttest consisting of 5 fill-in-the-blank questions. Pretest results showed 1 of 5 questions were answered correctly by all participants. Posttest results showed all questions were answered correctly by all participants. The educational program has the potential to create a positive social change through increased nurses' knowledge of OR procedures, which might promote improved surgical care and outcomes for patients.