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Course Overview

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We Recognized the Need

NIFA has created a Nurse in Surgery Essentials (NISE™) online training course in partnership with the Competency Credentialing Institute (CCI) to educate new nurses in surgery.

Evidence-based Course

NISE™ is an evidence-based course presented in a structured online format building upon the perioperative nursing basics and progressing in skills and knowledge to become a competent OR nurse. This teaching format not only allows the learner to gain knowledge in an organized manner, but provides the rationale needed to provide safe patient care. The learner will encounter 6 units and cover 29 topics before taking the comprehensive final exam. Competencies are supplied and required to be completed in conjunction with the facility preceptor. The competencies were developed by Dawn Whiteside, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA of the CCI Educational Division. Having required competencies required validates the learner knowledge, skills, and attitudes; all traits that promote safe patient care.

Competency and Credentialing Institute

The NISE™ Course materials were developed in partnership with the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge which are the foundation of the perioperative nursing practice. The collaboration with CCI is planned and purposeful. Unlike any other course for novice nurses, the NISE™ Course materials are based on the recent Job Analysis findings for CNOR® credentialing, administered by the CCI. The Job Analysis process allowed for input from a nationwide, representative group of CNORs and was conducted within the guidelines of professionally sound practice, using a multi-method, scientifically rigorous approach to identify the tasks and knowledge that are important to the competent performance of qualified perioperative nurses.

Course quiz and exam questions were developed from Berry and Kohn’s Operating Room Technique by the CCI using the same methods for development as the CNOR® certification exam questions. Our intent is to facilitate the career development of the learner leading to testing for CNOR® certification. The questions utilized in the course will test for knowledge that is at a level to perform in a competent manner within the operating room. Unlike other perioperative course offerings, the NISE™ Course does not use true/false or essay type questions in its exams.

NISE™ Competencies were developed by the Education Division of the Competency and Credentialing Institute. (Competencies were developed by Dawn Whiteside, MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA of CCI; however, CCI neither sponsors nor endorses training or educational opportunities in specialized practice areas or preparatory courses for any of the CCI examinations.)

Facility Benefits

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Taking on the Administrative Role

Consistent training of employees results in consistent care for your patient population. NISE™ assumes the Administrator role on your behalf leaving your OR staff/Educators time to focus on other tasks and departmental needs.

  • We have Administrators on staff to handle multiple learners and are available to the facility administration, preceptors, and learners 40 hours per week.
  • NISE™ provides mentoring and monitoring on a weekly basis. This timely monitoring helps ensure the learner completes the program and is competent in their skills while meeting the requirements of the course.
  • Weekly progress/status reports can be provided to not only the learner, but also management and the facility preceptor fostering collaboration and success.
  • AORN Video library access is supplied for each learner.

Licensing is Valid for a Period of 4 Years

Each license purchased is valid for a period of 4 years. Within the 4-year duration, the learner has 8 months to complete the course. 8 months will allow adequate exposure to topics associated with perioperative nursing. This additional time may be utilized to provide the learner exposure to perioperative areas such as the Sterile Processing Department, Preop, and PACU, making them a well-rounded, knowledgeable staff member.

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Trainee Benefits

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Learning the Role of Perioperative Nursing

NISE™ is an easy to follow, user-friendly online course that will guide the learner from novice to advanced beginner. NISE™ was developed as a unit-based program that provides the tools necessary in learning the role of perioperative nursing.

The learner will have online, didactic assignments as well as hands-on learning experiences. The hands-on learning experiences will be at the facility with the guidance of a facility designated preceptor and facility staff. The learner will be able to incorporate the evidence-based learning into their daily exposure within their facility.

Easy to Navigate Online Course

The NISE™ Course is structured around 6 units covering 29 topics with a user-friendly interface for ease of navigation. Each user is required to complete Unit 1 and then may follow in sequence or choose the next unit assignment, depending upon the individual learner and facility.

At the completion of the course, there is a comprehensive, proctored examination. By utilizing CCI developed questions, the learners are exposed to the style of questions encountered when taking the CNOR® certification exam.

The learner has access to 40-hour per week course Administrators and mentors. They will receive weekly progress reports to help successfully complete the course. These weekly reports are also shared with the preceptor and facility manager. Upon successful completion of the course, the learner will be awarded 70.8 CEs.

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