Perioperative 101 Education


Become a perioperative nurse

This program is intended to fill critical perioperative nursing vacancies within Fairview. The cost of each nurse's education is paid and nurses earn a salary while they learn.

The program consists of classroom, lab and clinical practicum and is open to internal and external candidates. Fairview offers this program when we are unable to fill our vacancies with fully trained and qualified applicants.


Requirements are as follows:

  • An AD RN degree is required.
  • New graduate RNs who hold a BSN/BAN degree are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a current Minnesota RN license and current BLS certification with American Heart Association or American Red Cross as a health care provider at the time of application.
  • Applicants must complete both the Fairview online application for employment and the perioperative application packet.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire/career goal to work as a RN in the operating room environment.
  • Applicants must work in accepted position for a minimum of two years after completing the program. The program is approximately six months long.

In addition, internal applicants must be employed within the Fairview system for a minimum of six months and have no corrective actions within the past six months.

To apply

RN’s are hired into open positions before starting the program. There are two steps to apply.

  1. Apply online for the specific, posted position:
    1. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview East Bank (Minneapolis, MN) job number 17-65326
    2. Fairview Southdale Hospital (Edina MN) job number 17-65338
  2. Complete the perioperative application packet. All application materials are due by 3 p.m. on Friday March 3, 2017.

Participants are eligible for 40 nursing contact hours in the program developed by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Nurses are paid a salary during the program according to Fairview’s RN step and grade scale.

Note: The training program is considered a “loan” by the IRS and accrues simple interest at 6 percent. The loan and interest are considered “forgiven” after the work commitment is completed and do not need to be paid back. However, at that point, according to IRS guidelines, both the loan and interest become taxable income and are taxed at the supplemental rate of 38.9 percent. 


For more information, contact Regina Pekarek, 612-672-7403 or

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