Nurse Residency Program: Perioperative Track

The Perioperative Nurse Residency Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics provides nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary for a nursing career in the operating room. Our program is nine months long and combines online didactic learning from AORN's Periop 1010: A Core Curriculum with face-to-face clinical skills labs and experiences in the operating room. We support new OR nurses through their journey to becoming well-rounded, fully competent perioperative registered nurses.

We accept a limited number of new graduate RNs and experienced RNs with no OR experience into the Perioperative Nurse Residency Program on a competitive basis. 

Program participants are hired into paid positions that are eligible for benefits. The program takes place at DHMC in Lebanon, NH. Graduates become key members of the surgical team in circulator or scrub nurse roles. Our surgical services include ENT, general, orthopedic, plastics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, oral, neuro, robotic, vascular, and cardiothoracic. We have dedicated night and weekend nursing teams, so minimal call or coverage is needed for off-shifts.

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