Andy White, RN is the first graduate of APD’s Periop 101 program, a new 12-week training program based on protocols and guidelines from the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN).
APD rolled out the new program in 2022. A mix of independent online learning modules combined with hands-on training, Periop 101 is designed to give nurses without previous OR experience the skills to be a successful OR circulator.
“The Periop 101 Program was an excellent opportunity for me to explore the mystique of the OR that has intrigued me since my paramedic clinical more than 25 years ago,” White said. “And I would be able to develop my perioperative skills right here at APD.”
After working more than 25 years as a paramedic and the last few years as an emergency department nurse, White was APD’s first Periop 101 participant. In January 2023, he completed all didactic and skills modules, passed the exam, and moved on to the final training phase: applying his knowledge and skills to the clinical environment.
“It’s been a whirlwind of learning,” White said. “Now that I have the foundation, the real learning begins.”
White knew changing specialties would be a challenge, but the supportive team environment at APD made all the difference. From senior nursing leadership to nursing educators to OR charge nurses and circulators, White remarks on their exceptional guidance.
“I am really fortunate to have people all around me who are invested in my success,” he said. “My colleagues have given me the support necessary to be successful and I have learned from every person in the perioperative team. Together, we provide a safe, supportive environment for our patients.”