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VCH perioperative training leads four RNs to LGH OR team


L-R (back row): Ashley Hales; Tamsin Sully-Daniels; Antonia Stetz; (front row): Andra Grigore-Hart, RPEP clinical educator; Marideth Baluyot

arlier this month, staff at Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) celebrated four registered nurses (RNs) graduating from VCH’s Regional Perioperative Education Program (RPEP). Marideth Baluyot, Ashley Hales, Antonia Stetz and Tamsin Sully-Daniels will now be working as operating room (OR) nurses at LGH. ​

“A big congratulations to Antonia, Ashley, Marideth and Tamsin on successfully completing this challenging program,” says Corrie Irwin, VCH Coastal director, LGH/Squamish General Hospital surgical services. “OR nursing is a highly collaborative role and these nurses are going to make great additions to the perioperative team at Lions Gate.”​

Jessica Foster, program manager for surgical services at LGH adds, “These nurses have really thrived throughout the training and demonstrated so much enthusiasm, curiosity and commitment. I’m excited to see them embark on the next chapter of their nursing careers as part of the LGH OR team. I also wanted to thank the entire OR team who have helped to support, mentor and share their experiences and skills with their new colleagues!” 

The Regional Perioperative Education Program (RPEP)​ is a comprehensive blended educational program that combines a standardized, evidence-based online curriculum and textbook readings with hands-on skills labs and a clinical practicum/preceptorship to support the transfer of knowledge and skills into practice. It is based on Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) “Periop 101” modules and Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) standards.

VCH’s RPEP program was launched in fall 2017 and since then, 14 nurses have joined LGH’s OR after completing the program. Visit to learn more about the RPEP program.

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