The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has added PeriopSim, a new simulated learning module, to Periop 101 in a six-month pilot program that will evaluate whether simulation learning is effective as an additional educational approach. By using simulation learning activities in perioperative practice, nurse users, who are new or returning to the profession, can demonstrate their skills before entering the operating room. Periop 101 is an online education program based on the evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

PeriopSim was created by Conquer Mobile as an iPad application with input and guidance from AORN. The piloted content includes instrumentation modules and procedure modules for both inguinal hernia and lap-chole. Instrumentation modules act like flashcards and procedural modules use real surgical video to guide learners step by step through a surgery, prompting for instruments at every stage.

“Our hope is, by adding simulation to this learning platform, our Periop 101 educators and administrators will observe enhanced performance and, potentially, a reduction in training time,” said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, AORN’s Executive Director/CEO. “With this pilot, we want to determine if simulation is an effective education technique to move nurses safely from the classroom to their responsibilities as a perioperative nurse actively involved in patient care activities in the perioperative setting.” •


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