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Fellowship in Perioperative Nursing (Arizona)


The Fellowship in Perioperative Nursing follows the Periop 101: A Core Curriculum from the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

Your training topics include:

  • Introduction to perioperative nursing
  • Surgical environment
  • Latex allergy
  • Perioperative assessment
  • Aseptic technique
  • Sterilization and disinfection
  • Safety in the surgical suite
  • Environmental sanitization and terminal cleaning
  • Anesthesia
  • Medications and solutions
  • Wound closure and healing
  • Positioning the patient
  • Hemostasis, sponges and drains
  • Surgical instruments
  • Documentation
  • Specimens
  • Scrubbing, gowning and gloving
  • Skin prep
  • Surgical draping
  • Electrosurgery
  • Tourniquets and implants
  • Patient and family education
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Critical thinking
  • Professionalism
  • Perianesthesia nursing

In addition, there are specialty lectures on these topics:

  • Perianesthesia nursing
  • Central service, sterilization and instrumentation
  • Role of the certified registered nurse anesthetist
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • General and transplant surgery
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Urologic surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Quality management in perioperative services
  • Informatics
  • Management

During your perioperative nursing clinical experience, you care for patients who are undergoing general and specialty surgery, such as:

  • Cardiac
  • Colon and rectal
  • Gynecologic, reproductive and endocrinologic
  • Neurosurgery
  • Organ transplant
  • Orthopedic
  • Otorhinolaryngologic, oral and ophthalmic
  • Plastic
  • Thoracic and vascular
  • Trauma and critical care
  • Urologic

You work closely with registered nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, surgical technologists and other surgical team members to provide individualized care to patients undergoing surgery.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examinations
  • Case presentations
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty review

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.