Identifying curriculum content for operating room nurses involved in robotic-assisted surgery: a Delphi study

Louise Møller*, Peter Hertz, Ulla Grande, Janne Aukdal, Britt Fredensborg, Helle Kristensen, Jane Petersson, Lars Konge, Flemming Bjerrum

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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BACKGROUND: Currently, no generally accepted curriculum for operating room nurses (OR nurses) working with robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) exists. OR nurses working with RAS require different competencies than regular OR nurses, e.g. knowledge of the robotic system and equipment and specific emergency undocking procedures. The objective of this study was to identify learning goals for a curriculum for OR nurses working with RAS and to investigate which learning methods should be used.

METHODS: A three-round Delphi approach, with an additional survey, was used in this study. Four OR nurses from every department in gynecology, urology, and surgical gastroenterology doing RAS in Denmark were invited to participate.

RESULTS: The response rates were 93%, 81%, and 79%, respectively, in the three rounds of the Delphi survey and 68% in the additional survey. After the processing of data, a list of 57 learning goals, sorted under 11 domains, was produced. 41 learning goals were rated Relevant, Very relevant, or Essential spread over 10 of the 11 domains. The top 3 learning goals rated as Essential: Identify the most common injuries related to patient positioning during robotic-assisted surgery and know how to avoid them, Connect, calibrate and handle the scope, Perform an emergency undocking procedure. The panel rated Supervised training during surgery on patients as the most relevant learning method, followed by Dry lab and Team training.

CONCLUSIONS: The learning goals identified in this study, can be used as the basis for a curriculum for OR nurses working with RAS. During the processing, it became clear that there is a need to further investigate issues such as communication challenges, awareness of emergency procedures, and differences in the skills required depending on the role of the RAS nurse.

Sider (fra-til)2729-2748
Antal sider20
TidsskriftSurgical Endoscopy
Udgave nummer4
Tidlig onlinedato5 dec. 2022
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2023

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