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Nurse Residency Program: Perioperative Track

This is a 9-month program for new graduate nurses combining Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) approved online didactic learning with clinical skills labs and experiences in the Operating Room.

The program begins with participation in selected Nurse Residency Program offerings, which are integrated with Perioperative Nursing content. Upon successful completion of the didactic portion of training, the new graduate nurse is paired with a mentor in both the scrub and circulating roles for a designated period of time. Following this, the new graduate nurse spends time in each of the surgical specialties offered at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center before choosing a surgical service in which to specialize their nursing practice.


The program starts biannually in March and August. All accepted applicants are required to successfully pass the New Hampshire N-CLEX Exam for RN's prior to their start date. No accepted applicants will be allowed to enroll unless they are licensed as a registered nurse in New Hampshire.

Participants in this program pay no fee, but they are paid full salary and benefits during this program. This DHMC commitment to the participants in this program is balanced with a commitment from each student to work full-time for two years in the operating room at DHMC upon successful completion of the program.

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