Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 29, 2011

Perioperative nursing requires specialized skill

Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice. The perioperative registered nurse works in collaboration with other health care professionals which may include the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel.

The perioperative registered nurse provides nursing care to surgical patients, preoperatively, intraoperatively and postoperatively, often in the role of circulating registered nurse. Why is perioperative nursing important?

Perioperative nursing requires a unique and highly specialized skill set gained from dedicated training and education.They are responsible for planning and directing all nursing care for patients about to undergo invasive surgical procedures, and serve as the patient’s advocate while they are unable to make their own decisions.

If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, the perioperative RN was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all other well-qualified medical professionals in the room are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative nurse focuses on the patient.

By employing their critical thinking, assessment, diagnosing, outcome identification, planning, and evaluation skills, the RN circulator directs the nursing care and coordinates activities of the surgical team for the benefit of the patient.

In 1979, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) House of Delegates approved a resolution that AORN designate a day each year to promote consumer education and enhance public knowledge regarding the role of the perioperative nurse.

Nov. 14, 1979, was designated as OR Nurse Day. In 1990, OR Nurse Day became a week-long celebration that focused on educating the public about the role of preoperative nurses. OR Nurse Day is still celebrated on Nov. 14 and has been incorporated into the week.

In 2000, OR Nurse Week was changed to Perioperative Nurse Week to reflect the broad spectrum of patient care services provided to surgical patients by perioperative nurses.

Perioperative nurses want to come from behind the masks and closed doors to let you know that our nurses are dedicated to working hard to protect you, our patients, when you are most vulnerable. We are your advocate.

This year, in addition to providing superior patient care, we are also supporting the role of the perioperative nurse in each of the key recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

Join us in celebrating the perioperative nurse in your life during 2011 Perioperative Nurse Week.

Association of Periperative

Registered Nurses

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • If we don’t sell it to them, somebody else will

    The front page article on coal exports by AP writer Dina Cappiello is one of the most asinine and biased “news” articles I’ve read (“Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad,” July 29 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 30, 2014

  • Research cost of watershed plan before implementing it

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Prayers in the Park’ event slated Aug. 18 in Johnstown

    July 30, 2014

  • Not a villain Not a villain

    Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
    These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Other groups get county funds, so should CHCO

    At a recent county commissioner meeting, members of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, Maryland Delegate LeRoy Myers Jr. and Pastor Alfred Deas of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Cumberland attended to request from the commissioners $5 dollars of marriage license money be permanently allocated to the CHCO (“Cemetery group renews funding request,” July 25 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 29, 2014

  • No public funding for extremist organization

    Once again, the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization has asked the Allegany County commissioners for public funding (“Cemetery group renews funding request,” July 25 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 29, 2014

  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Why are fair officials targeting firefighters?

    The Allegany County Fair has been known for its Demolition Derby for a long time. Several years back the operation of the derby was awarded to the local Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department.

    July 28, 2014

  • Here’s a time when W.Va. law took precedence over Md. law

     There may be an applicable precedent concerning any assumption that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority (PHAA) can choose to ignore West Virginia territorial state laws.

    July 28, 2014

  • Citizens don’t want Terrapin Run; remove it from the plan

    July 28, 2014