Description: Description of team: At our Magnet Health Network, the Perioperative Patient Care Specialists (PCS) team collaborated to design and implement standardized annual education inclusive of clinical perioperative staff at four Lehigh Valley Hospital campuses. Attendance is mandatory for clinical staff employed in Preadmission Testing (PAT), Ambulatory Surgical Staging (ASU), Endoscopy Lab, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Operating Room (OR).Preparation and planning: The perioperative PCS group met on multiple occasions to create educational learnings, and incorporated education for all disciplines. We chose low occurrence, high priority educational stations including TB fit testing, IV and PCA pump hands on learning, basic dysrhythmia testing, lab specimen assessment, pediatric code cart tape review, hema-test, glucometer and pregnancy testing, malignant hyperthermia self-learning packet, code cart scavenger hunt, EKG simulation, defibrillator simulation, code blue review and OR equipment review. All PCS’s were assigned roles in reserving classroom space at all campuses; procuring simulator and mannequin equipment; creating self-learning educational packets; gathering necessary station supplies; organizing the mock code cart; labelling lab specimen tubes and creating assessment tests.
Assessment: Our organization continuously acquires new campuses, and we found ourselves working with increased staff and limited resources. Due to staffing reorganization and unfilled positions, the perioperative PCS group was downsized. Each PCS experienced difficulty providing education to all staff members at each campus. We met and decided to unite our efforts to provide standardized mandatory education.Implementation: The classroom settings were scheduled, the PCS’s obtained necessary equipment, and organized the educational stations in the room. PCS’s were scheduled to educate all team members including Registered Nurses, Surgical Technicians and Technical Partners during the 10 and 12 hour daily educational sessions. Staff were required to sign up for a two hour time commitment to complete the mandatory education. The leadership team assisted with staff scheduling and assuring staff were relieved.Outcome: All available perioperative team members completed the required educational stations. Proper procedural technique was assessed, policies were reviewed, and staff demonstrated competency. Remediation was provided when necessary. Team cohesiveness was enhanced during participation in the hands on demonstration and simulation stations. Implications for perioperative nursing: Initially the PCS group implemented Perioperative Education Days for the ASU and PACU staff. The concept has since evolved into Perioperative Education Days for the PAT, Endoscopy and OR personnel. Providing standardized education annually ensures staff competency, increases staff comfort with unfamiliar tasks and reinforces proper procedural technique.