– Independent (non-industry sponsored) students may not be able to complete the Advanced Certificate in Perioperative Nursing. At present the program accepts guided independent study (distance education) students, who are not sponsored by industry, into the following courses:
Enrolment into NSPO 7350: Clinical 1
and NSPO 7550: Clinical 2
is currently on hold to independent (not industry sponsored) students. PLAR
for 7350 and 7550 is still available. Please contact the Program Assistant or Program Head
if you have questions.
Perioperative Nursing focuses on the perioperative experience and the meaning this has for patients, families, nurses and other members of the health care team. Working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team including surgeons, anesthesiologists and other specialists, the perioperative nurse continually advocates for the needs and dignity of the patient. Overseeing every step, from pre-surgical preparation to post-surgical care, the role demands methodical preparation, technical knowledge, sound situational judgment, as well as sensitivity and compassion. It aims to provide competent, individualized care that promotes comfort, safety and stability for individuals undergoing surgery and anesthesia, by collaboratively managing and coordinating all phases of individuals' perioperative experiences, advocating for their rights and needs and providing the "human touch" in a predominantly technical environment.
The BCIT Advanced Specialty Certificate in Perioperative Nursing prepares students to practice as novices in a variety of Perioperative settings. Students explore factors influencing Perioperative Nursing in today’s changing health care environment:
- Increasing numbers of same-day surgeries
- Increased levels of acuity and complexity of patients
- Development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and procedures
- Rapid introduction and evolution of new technologies, equipment and techniques
- Reduced health-care resources
- Opportunities for Perioperative nurses to take expanded roles
- Population and work-force changes
Students also integrate a broad range of knowledge and skills:
- Preparing, managing and monitoring the work environment to minimize risks and provide comfort for diverse patient populations
- Working efficiently, effectively and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary perioperative team
- Assessing the needs and personalizing the care of individuals throughout the phases of their perioperative experiences
- Managing complex technology and competently performing diverse perioperative care activities
- Relating competently in a diverse range of interpersonal interactions with individuals and groups
- Managing change in a fast-paced, highly technical work setting
To be successful in perioperative nursing, students need:
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Self-direction, energy, and initiative
- Ability to work in a close-knit team
- Flexibility in managing rapidly-changing patient situations
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Tolerance for a climate of constant change, fast-paced activities, and diverse responsibilities
- Physical stamina and the ability to stand for extended lengths of time
If you already have experience and/or education as a perioperative nurse, you may be eligible for transfer of credit, or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
See the Program Details
page for complete program information.