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Investing in nursing for today and tomorrow

10 May 2024
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To strengthen and futureproof its workforce, Southern Cross Healthcare has increased its investment in training, development and learning systems for nurses, including the introduction of a new operating theatre training program, Periop 101.

Southern Cross Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer Monica Goldwater said AORN’s Periop 101 programme is the gold standard in new-to-theatre nursing education internationally which is why the organisation selected it.

“Periop 101 is specifically designed to help train nurses new to operating theatres across the perioperative setting, not only does it cover all aspects of theatre nurse training, but it supports educators to deliver a robust and thorough programme. Our team has also expanded clinical practicum in a lab-based setting enabling nurses to practice their skills for orthopaedic and laparoscopic surgeries in a safe and supportive environment,” said Goldwater.

The first cohort of Southern Cross Healthcare nurses have successfully completed the 12-week training programme and comprehensive exam, with many more in training and eager to take part.

Feedback from nurses at Southern Cross Healthcare’s wholly owned Auckland Surgical Centre is incredibly positive.

 

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