New OR Training Program Eases Potential Nurse Shortage
On Saturday, June 28, the Sacramento Bee prominently featured photos taken at classes for our innovative Sutter Health program that trains registered nurses to assist in the operating room. Spotlighted on the front page of the Bee’s business section, the program is Sutter’s way of proactively helping to address a growing shortage of OR-trained nurses in California.
Sutter’s inventive 12-week course uses a unique simulation approach so nurses can safely learn OR procedures in a controlled training environment—rather than learning during actual surgery. Compared to similar programs offered elsewhere, Sutter’s training can be completed in half the time, at about half the cost.
The program launched in late 2012, and so far, 62 registered nurses have graduated and now work in operating rooms across our network. The program reflects Sutter’s commitment to develop quality, affordable solutions for challenges affecting our industry.