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OR Educators: Take Your Practice to the Next Level

November 10, 2019   

Educators play an invaluable role in facilities, ensuring that nurses possess the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their positions. Between needs assessments, annual competency plans, the orientation of new staff members, and structuring a class, the to-do list can seem never-ending.

CCI’s Nurse Manager of Education Development Julie Mower MSN, RN, CNS, CNS-CP, CNOR shares what attendees can expect from the Professional Educator, Perioperative Certificate of Mastery course being presented as a pre-conference workshop March 27 in Anaheim as part of AORN’s Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020. "My favorite part of this course is watching people discover their love for teaching," Mower, one of the course instructors, said.

Whether educators are looking to polish their current skill set, learn new skills, or revamp their passion for educating, this course has something for everyone.

What is the Professional Educator, Perioperative Certificate of Mastery?

This mastery workshop is designed to provide both current and new educators the guidance and tools needed to be effective in this essential role. Pre-course work, onsite instruction, and break-out sessions will fine-tune your skills and provide new tips and tricks to incorporate into your program, elevating your orientation and professional development opportunities for the entire perioperative team.

What to Expect

Learning by Example

We understand most facilities can accommodate only a few hours a month for education, so it is essential to maintain a clear focus on the material and be aware of the time constraints of a class.

The format and structure of this pre-conference course includes independent learning through pre-course materials and instructor-facilitated content – giving educators essential takeaways and an opportunity to learn by example. By taking part in this perioperative certificate of mastery program, educators will experience practical examples of ways they can structure their own staff education.

Facilitated Learning

Each section of the workshop will begin with a facilitated learning component to absorb the topic, its significance, and other relevant information.

Networking Opportunities

Following the instructor’s overview, each section will also include group break-out sessions – an excellent way for everyone to get acquainted and share ideas. Making connections in this capacity can serve as a valuable resource for educators.

Safe Place

Above all else, it is essential to remember that every person attending this program has the same goal, to become an exceptional educator. This program serves as a safe environment to share thoughts and ideas, ask questions, and make mistakes.

Of the many benefits this workshop has to offer, one of the most lasting and transformative is the ability to uncover or revitalize a participants’ underlying affinity for education. Make sure to act quickly and reserve your seat now as this course sold out last year. Also, plan to extend your Anaheim educational opportunities and register for the AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo March 28–April 1.


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