November 5 – 11 marks the celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week, an annual celebration of perioperative nurses and their commitment to safe patient care. As a fundamental member of the surgical team, the perioperative registered nurse works in collaboration with other health care professionals including the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel.
If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, the perioperative registered nurse was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other medical professionals in the room are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative registered nurse focuses on the patient for the duration of the procedure. Perioperative registered nurses provide specialized nursing care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery. The perioperative nurse is responsible for planning and directing all nursing care for patients who undergo invasive surgical procedures and serve as the patient’s advocate while he is she is powerless to make his or her own decision.
Join us in celebrating perioperative nurses and their dedication to improving patient care during 2012 Perioperative Nurse Week.