At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing students signed up for the Perioperative Elective at the University of Houston were unsure if the class was going to go on. They waited patiently while the administration were busy working to understand the impact across the board for their students as well as the faculty for all the classes being offered.
Above: Surgical Technology Student testing out the PeriopSim VR Kit at James Rumsey Technical Institute, 2020
COVID-19 was a challenge that many Surgical Technology Programs had to overcome so that the learners were still able to gain experience and hours while studying from home. Northwestern Michigan College was one of those schools that had to find solutions quickly. The Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, April Kesler, was looking to purchase something that Above: Northwestern Michigan College Campus. 3 Northwestern Michigan College would help with lab sessions when she came across PeriopSim. She recognized it from when it was brought up before in the Surgical Technology Instructor group on Facebook and decided to look into it further.
Wow. It's been a year now. I have been amazed and impressed at the resilience, grace and grit of everyone that I meet during my work days.
The purpose of this post is to give educators some quick tips to consider when evaluating PeriopSim and taking the request to your Director.
Since it's the end of the year I want to summarize some of what we've been able to accomplish this year in collaboration with amazing surgical services staff that we met along the way; guided by our advisors, partners, and investors; delivered by exceptional efforts of the talented team we have and of course supported by a crowd in the background that it takes for a company like ours to provide value and be successful.
To prepare for the Survey we reviewed the Position Statement from AORN.
- We've highlighted AORN's Position Statement 2018 for orientation training to capture how PeriopSim today supports the orientation curriculum
For the survey, we asked over 97 Perioperative professionals the following questions:
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, PeriopSim was featured in Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundations kick off of the Gown up Campaign to revitalize 10 Operating Rooms. PeriopSim iPad and VR is part of the curriculum for new Perioperative RN Orientation training. A innovation project funded by the Surrey Hospital Foundation with a goal to improve patient outcomes and retain newly trained OR Nurses.