OR Nurse/Perioperative Nurse
|1. ||Basic description—A perioperative nurse or operating room
(OR) nurse is a member of a surgical team that provides care
for a patient before, during, and immediately after the patient
has experienced a surgical intervention.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation. Certification is
available through the Association of Operating Room Nurses
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Knowledge and skills needed to assist in preparing and operating the technological tools involved in new surgical techniques now available (e.g., lighter fiberoptic scopes/lenses
and video monitors)|
|• ||Skill in providing comfort measures to the patient|
|• ||Skill in assisting the anesthetic caregivers|
|• ||Respect for cultural diversity, patients rights, privacy, and
|• ||Team skills for interactions with surgeons, surgical technologists, other nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, pathologists, radiologists, perfusionists, support assistant staff,
and many other members of the health care team|
|• ||Skill in facilitating patient advocacy|
|• ||Excellent basic nursing skills in observation and assessment|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies according to place of employment and
|5. ||Employment outlook—High|
|6. ||Related Web site and professional organization:|
|• ||The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses:
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 127.
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