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AHHA and some of its member hospitals have come together to recruit and train nurses in Alaska for much-needed roles in specialty fields. Launching with our first chosen field, the Alaska Perioperative Nursing Consortium was formed in 2011. Our goal is to broaden our training programs to encompass other sub-specialties with a severe need for trained personnel in our hospitals. Fully staffed departments with well-trained professionals will ensure excellent patient care for which we strive in Alaska’s hospitals. The Nurse Specialty Trainings are intended to provide experiential and classroom instruction to nurses who are currently working in these fields. 


PeriOp Training
This training is offered three times a year and each training has openings for 10 nurses. Periop 101 ™ is an AORN education product utilized by Providence St. Joseph Health Clinical Academy to deliver a hybrid educational experience for the novice perioperative registered nurse in Alaska. The first 4 weeks are face-to-face didactic, laboratory and simulation experiences in the PAMC state-of-the-art Perioperative Simulation Lab. Participants will work 40-hour work weeks during this stage (click here for a sample daily schedule) - there are no allowances in the schedule for time off or missed days. The following 11 weeks are conducted at your home facility including weekly check -ins with the Clinical Academy staff at PAMC. Hiring is the responsibility of the home facility and all local facility HR rules apply to that process. Participants must have at a minimum a temporary RN license in the state of AK; unincumbered AK RN license preferred. Please note that you will need to have a laptop with wireless capability for access to Periop 101© and the internet in order to participate.


The 2022-2023 Peri Op cohorts are scheduled to begin:

October 17, 2022

February 20, 2023

July 24, 2023

October 16, 2023

Download the AHHA AKNSC Nurse Specialty Training information sheet for further details about the program and how to participate.

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