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Celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week at Memorial Hospital

Celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week at Memorial Hospital

Nurses and support staff are recognized at Memorial Hospital during National Perioperative Nurses Week. Seated in front, from left, Debbie McKernan, RN, Assistant Manager and Caroline Brown, RNFA, Manager. Standing, from left, Victoria Kinner, LPN; Mark Kovacs, CRNA; AJ Brown, RN; Cathy Perry, Housekeeping; Brenda Johnson, Certified Surgical Technologist; Shannon Wecker, LPN; Trish Bidlack, RN; Dale Bird, RN; Robin Hickox, CNA; Rachel Elliott, RN; Kim Bobbs, RN; Jenni Johnson, Aide; Becky Bellows, RN; Faith McNeal, LPN; Cheryl Beers, RN; April Delameter, RN; Eileen Boland, RN. Not pictured: Janice Campbell, CRNA.

The surgical team at Memorial Hospital was recognized during Perioperative Nurse Week November 5-11, 2012. To emphasize the importance of teamwork in the operating room, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has this year selected the theme, "Collaboration for patient and worker safety."

Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice. As a fundamental member of the surgical team, the perioperative nurse works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. This may include the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, surgical assistant, and other assistive personnel. The perioperative nurse provides nursing care to surgical patients preoperatively, intra-operatively, and postoperatively.

Surgical patients at Memorial Hospital depend on the skills and knowledge of the surgical team that works in the operating room. Whether you have same-day surgery, in which you go home the same day to recuperate, or your surgery requires a longer hospital stay, the surgical team is busy with your surgical care long before you enter the operating room (OR). Assessing your individual needs and planning the care you will receive before, during, and after your surgery are just some of the preoperative planning methods incorporated into your surgical experience.

In scheduling your procedure, the perioperative nurse takes into account the urgency of your surgery, your schedule, the surgical team's schedule, the availability of supplies and equipment, and special tests you may need prior to your procedure. If tests are needed, the perioperative nurse schedules them and records the results.

The perioperative nurse considers these results when planning the care you receive during surgery. If special instruments or equipment are required, the surgical team will make sure they are available.

Before your surgery, a member of the surgical team explains what you can expect and provides you and your caregivers with information to help you make informed decisions about your follow-up care.

The surgical team brings a broad scope of knowledge, skill, and judgment to the OR. The team exercises insight in assessing and caring for you, anticipating your needs, and managing your surgical experience.

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Press Release
November 8, 2012
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444