It’s Perioperative Nurse Week! This time in November is annually set apart to acknowledge and honor the work that perioperative nurses do to keep our surgical procedures running smoothly and our patients healthy. Although you may not meet all your perioperative nurses during your hospital visit, these medical professionals are often by your side during your most vulnerable moments of surgery. Their behind-the-scenes work is life-saving and crucial to your recovery.
There are several types of perioperative nurses whom you might find toiling away in the operating room or by your bed before and after surgery. This week, let’s explore the work that each one does.
- Circulator nurses – According the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), circulator nurses work as the patient’s advocate during surgery. They watch the entire operation from start to finish, ensuring that the procedure is both safe and comfortable for the patient. Circulator nurses also communicate between the surgical team and the patient’s other care providers.
- Operating room director – On the business side of the equation, this perioperative nurse oversees the operating room and is responsible for its staffing, budgets, schedules, and supplies.
- Patient educator – This is the perioperative nurse whom you will interact with most as a patient or family member. Along with your doctor, a perioperative RN educator will provide information about your treatment and surgical care.
- Registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) – An RNFA has completed additional training and education in order to directly assist the surgeon in an operating room. This nurse might help control bleeding, handle tissue, suture, or use other medical devices during a procedure.
- Scrub nurse – Given the name because of the necessity of being thoroughly scrubbed in before a procedure, the scrub nurse ensures that all equipment is sterile and hands them to the surgeon as needed during an operation.
At Aventura Hospital, we provide highly qualified staff members who are ready and willing to answer your questions and meet your healthcare needs. It is our number one priority to preserve or restore you to full health. If you have a medical concern, please call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-256-7692 to get answers or a physician referral.