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This full-time program is focused on providing the knowledge and competencies required for the professional perioperative nurse. It welcomes experienced RNs with no OR experience, new graduates, or operating room nurses returning after an extended absence. Current Southcoast employees are encouraged to apply.

Participants will learn the theoretical concepts, principles, and skills to care for patients in the perioperative setting, using the recommended practices established by the Association of Perioperative Registered nurses (AORN). The individuals who successfully complete the program will continue their nursing career at Southcoast Health in the surgical operating rooms.

“This was a field we hadn’t gained experience in throughout nursing school so it was something completely new. The operating room always intrigued me and I knew that in this program I would be with a group of people to support one another. I couldn’t imagine myself in any other field,” said Bianca Cipriano, Perioperative 101 Residency Training Program 2024.  

The six-month program begins on June 17, 2024.

The first six weeks consist of didactic portion of the program which includes classroom lectures, skills lab practice and observational experiences in the operating room. This will follow with clinical rotations to the circulating and scrub roles working with a preceptor in various surgical specialties.

The following positions are available upon completion of orientation.

St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford, MA

  • Two 40-hour positions: Monday – Friday 8 hour days (variable start times) with on-call and holiday requirements   
  • Three 36-hour positions: Monday – Friday 12 hour nights ( 7pm-7am) alternating weekend 12 hour day (7am-7pm) or night (7pm-7am) schedule.

Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, MA

  • Five 40-hour positions: Monday – Friday 8 hour days (variable start times) with on-call and holiday requirements   

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • A didactic portion of the class and written exam
  • A hands-on scrub portion of program
  • Clinical rotations competencies
  • Positive feedback from preceptors and direct observation of instructors
  • Submission of a completed clinical rotation checklist to the RN educator(s) at the conclusion of the rotation period

Minimum Requirements

  • Current Massachusetts RN license/ Obtain Massachusetts RN License by September 2024
  • Describe your motivation for wanting to become a perioperative nurse at Southcoast Health limited to 200 words
  • Resume 
  • BLS
  • Reference contact

Congratulations to the 2024 Southcoast Health Perioperative 101 Residency Training Program Graduates!

The graduating nurses who completed the program are now moving on to full-time perioperative nursing positons across the system.Hear what they have to say about this hands-on training experience:

“I always wanted to be in the operating room since I decided to become a nurse so this was a great opportunity for me. I loved watching our cohort learn and grow together as we become more comfortable in the OR. If you have an interest in the OR this is the best way to do it,” said Clorissa Douglas, Perioperative 101 Residency Training Program 2024.   

“It’s a great program. The training program is split up over a long period of time with lots of different preceptors who are always there to support you. It is exciting, a great schedule and something different every day,” said Kathleen Downey, Perioperative 101 Residency Training Program 2024.

“I always wanted to work in the operating room since I was young. I started in the ER to gain some experience, but I always hoped I would have this opportunity,” said Hilary Cabral, Perioperative 101 Residency Training Program 2024.