Growing specialty area exposure with an undergraduate perioperative nursing course
Currently, there's a severe worldwide shortage of perioperative nurses. Many of these practicing clinicians are age 60 or more, and research indicates that up to 64% of perioperative nurses are planning to retire by 2022.3-5 Additionally, the demand for perioperative nurses in the United States is growing steadily by 1% to 2% each year as the result of increased surgical caseloads.6-10 So, a critical shortage of perioperative nurse leaders can be expected.4
Educators concerned about the perioperative nursing shortage may want to consider offering a related course to their students. By taking a perioperative nursing course, undergraduate nursing students will gain more in-depth exposure to this highly specialized area of nursing. An appreciation for perioperative nursing will help inform and shape their future career choices.