Introduction: The Operating Room (OR) Nursing Certification Course is a program for OR nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills and providing the highest quality care to patients having surgery. In Turkey, the OR Nursing Certification Course has came into force in 2015 by Ministery of Health. Hospitals and institutions around Turkey support the program because certified OR nurses are confident in their skill and knowledgeable of the latest standards of practice and care.
Objectives: This study aims to evaluate one public hospital experiences about Turkish operating room (OR) nursing certification programme.
Methods: This descriptive study was conducted with 141 OR nurses who received OR Certification Programme course at a public hospital in Izmir, Turkey. Data collection was achieved once the courses were over using a question form prepared by the researchers in line with relevant literature. The course content and process was evaluated by OR nurses attended the course program. And also nurses’ theoretical and practical skills were assessed by the educators.
Results: OR nurses’ mean practice score regarding OR nursing certification programme was 99.6±1.46 out of 100 and all of the nurses attended the course put across the course programme. All of the nurses decided that the course curriculum is beneficial.
94.9% of the nurses stated that preparation, 93.4% of the nurses stated that motivation, 94,2% of the nurses stated that clinical benefit, 93,4% of the nurses stated that information, 94,2% of the nurses stated that planning, 94,2% of the nurses stated that providing skill, 94,2% of the nurses stated that feedback, 91,2% of the nurses stated that communication about their education program meet the expextions.
Conclusions: This study provides an overview of one hospital experiences about the Turkish OR Nursing Certification Programmes. OR Nursing Certification Programmes positively affect OR nursing knowledge and skills in daily practices. Majority of the nurses stated that creating ambiance for discussion met their expectations.