Date of Award

Spring 4-7-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Leslie Moore PhD

Second Advisor

Millie Sattler DNP

Third Advisor

Debbie Greene PhD


The operating room theater can be intimidating for new nurses, thus leading to a shortage of nurses who are comfortable working in this environment. Evidence supports that 50% of perioperative nurses in 2017 were between the age of 50 and 59. Additionally, no formal didactic courses are being offered in undergraduate programs and the challenging environment related directly to the future shortage of perioperative nurses. This negatively impacts the number of trained perioperative cardiovascular nurses. The project proposed a new didactic educational Perioperative (Periop) 202 program that aimed to increase nurses’ self-efficacy to function on the cardiovascular operating room (CVOR) team and their knowledge of protocols and guidelines of new nurses entering the CVOR with the goal of generating future perioperative nurses to care for of this patient population. The eight actionable items within the Periop 202 program were designed to increase knowledge of CVOR procedures and protocol and the self-efficacy of new perioperative cardiovascular nurses, as evidence supports the use of nurses to complete these essential educational interventions. The Periop 202 program was an evidenced based program that added value and solution to the CVOR market. The program increased nurses’ confidence level of what they already knew about OR nursing with their pre-course percentage scores of 63% to post-course percentage scores of 80% on the OR knowledge questionnaire. The SEIEL self-efficacy questionnaire reported an increase in communication and team collaboration. All nurse participants completed their CVOR competency validated by their preceptors. Through a partnership with the AORN, a CVOR program with online-learning modules, one on one meetings with the primary investigator, clinical experiences and exposure, and team involvement led to a successful training program. The implications of creating and implementing an evidenced based Periop 202 program will have a positive impact on recruitment strategies across the nation.

Key words: nurse, education, environment, operating room, readiness to learn.

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