Barriers and enablers in recruitment, education and cross-skilling in rural perioperative settings
Barriers and enablers in staff recruitment, education and cross-skilling in the rural perioperative setting
Like many smaller rural centres, staff need to be generalist in practice in an area that is very specialist in roles in metropolitan operating theatres. The struggle has been to increase role skillset, while also been able to support development of expertise in the different nursing roles in the operating theatre.
Due to increase in the operating theatre service provision and also to allow flexibility in the cohort of staff it was necessary to
look at how to safely increase or cross train current operating theatre staff to work in many roles within the operating theatre.
In metropolitan service centres these roles are usually specialised and cross training does not occur. Due to our limited
workforce availability this is not possible in the rural setting.
Staff were surveyed to ascertain their current skill sets. Staff that only had one or two skillsets were identified to receive
training in a second or third skillset so that they could be rotated in different areas if we needed to change roles due to
absenteeism or skill mix.
Staff were asked to preference what role there were interested to learn. A plan was determined so that staff work toward expertise in two areas of perioperative nursing as a major, and became competent in a third area as a minor.
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