Sunset Country Operating Room Nurses Association

Organization history

The initiative to develop a rural based perioperative nurses' association branch grew from an identified need for accessible continuing perioperative education. The nearest opportunity to take part in monthly educational events occurs over 550 kilometers away was prohibitive for attendance at week day events. Attendance at annual perioperative educational events was limited because the hospitals have small numbers of human resources to cover in anyone's absence. The surgeons of northwestern Ontario currently have a Regional Surgical Network which meets quarterly at alternating sites. In addition to business meetings, the surgeons host educational events of relevance to rural surgical care. This model was the impetus for initiating the pilot project to form a rural perioperative group as a region of the provincial organization: (ORNAO - Operating Room Nurses Association of Ontario). A benefit to SCORNA members would be that they would automatically become members of their national perioperative organization (ORNAC Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada). In addition to ORNAC membership, SCORNA nurses would have accessible number of continuing educational credits that would enable them to attain and maintain Perioperative Certification with the Canadian Nurses Association.

The overall organizational goal is to develop an opportunity for ongoing educational updates and networking with our rural colleagues.

Catchment mapping

The boundaries included within the SCORNA region reflect the north western section of the North West Local Health Integrated Network, (LHIN 14). The catchment area extends from the Manitoba / Ontario border to the west, approximately 400 kilometers eastward and longitudinally from the USA/Canada border to the south, approximately 500 kilometers north. Although there are no formal surgical suites north of this line, registered nurses with an interest in perioperative care could also be members. All facilities in this area transfer patients within five hour drive to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center. Click here for further descriptions of the facilities within this region.

The centers involved include Dryden, central to all; Kenora, 45 minutes from the Ontario / Manitoba Border; Fort Frances, directly at the USA / Canada border; Red Lake, 2 hours north of Dryden; Sioux Lookout, one hour north of Dryden. These hospitals average between 18 to 75 beds. Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances, and Sioux Lookout have dedicated surgical programs, while Red Lake has a limited surgical and endoscopy program.

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