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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Donna J. Corley

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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Gina L. Purdue

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Third Advisor

C. Preston Lewis, Jr.

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


There is a critical shortage of perioperative nurses and the demand in the United States (US) is growing steadily by 1% to 2% each year. It is estimated that nearly 20% of registered nurses (RNs) currently working in the perioperative area will retire in the next five years. In the perioperative area, when using the 6 to 12-month orientation time frame, as outlined in the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) orientation calculator, the cost of orienting a new RN can exceed $100,000. A preceptorship workshop is one strategy that has been shown as an evidence-based intervention to decrease RN turnover rates, increase job satisfaction, and have a positive effect on new nurse role transition and intent to stay. Perioperative preceptor education as a component of an agency-wide workshop was developed and implemented with the purpose to improve RN preceptor performance and proficiency, and increase perioperative RN orientee satisfaction and intent to stay. A pre- and post-intervention design was implemented in a 391-bed Magnet designated facility to evaluate these outcomes. Using eta square, mean preceptor performance and proficiency scores indicated a moderate effect size, which demonstrated clinical significance and a positive impact on the nurse practice environment.

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