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Perioperative Clinical 1: Perioperative-Perinatal Nursing Clinical NSPO 7330

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Course

Course details

The eight, 12 hour shift clinical course is an introduction to perioperative nursing care in the scrub and circulating roles for perinatal nurses working with patients and families undergoing cesarean surgery, with a focus on developing beginner competency in the scrub and circulating roles. NSPO 7330 provides the opportunity to implement theory from NSPO 7230/7430 in the practice setting. By engaging in nursing practices that progress from simple to more complex, participants will develop skills to manage the sterile surgical environment and provide safe patient care during cesarean birth. Participants will apply the concepts of safety, surgical conscience, and aseptic technique in all roles to promote a safe and supportive environment for patients and perioperative team members. Students will apply the concepts of caring and advocacy through participation of intraoperative experiences for patients and families. Learners will also develop and utilize comprehensive assessment techniques. Students will use effective communication, organization, and prioritization strategies to provide safe, patient-focused care, including setup and monitoring of the sterile environment. Additionally, participants will apply sound clinical decision-making processes during all phases of perioperative care in all roles. Emphasis is placed on the perioperative nurse’s collaborative role with patients and families, and multidisciplinary team members. Students will humanize the perioperative environment for patients and team members using collaborative strategies. Leadership strategies at a novice level will be employed when providing perioperative care. By course completion, learners will implement a framework for practice and develop skills to function independently as a novice nurse for stable, noncomplex cesarean section patients in all perioperative nursing roles.




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Learning Outcomes

As a healthcare practitioner, you are expected to follow professional standards of practice throughout all SN programs and courses. In this course, you will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, professionalism, and clinical decision-making. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Effectively and consistently combine the circulating and scrub nurse roles to enact the full scope of entry-level perioperative nursing practice by Implementing current ORNAC Standards of Care and relevant theory.
  • At a novice level, provide competent, safe, organized, and prioritized integrated perioperative nursing care for patients undergoing anesthesia and cesarean section.
  • Provide a safe environment for patients undergoing common, less complex cesarean surgery. This includes preparing and arranging the sterile field, monitoring and controlling the sterile environment, performing surgical counts, demonstrating knowledge of the commonly used instrumentation and equipment, and using appropriate risk management strategies.
  • Enact beginner leadership strategies to promote and advocate for safe and ethical patient care.
  • Apply systematic inquiry skills to analyze data collected by self and other perioperative team members to identify and anticipate problems related to the patient and the procedure.
  • Using a practice framework, gather information in an organized and systematic manner to develop a plan for individualized perioperative patient care.
  • Utilizes effective communication and collaboration skills with the patients undergoing cesarean section and perioperative team members to communicate assessment findings in a timely, comprehensive, and systematic manner (during surgical intervention). This includes correctly completing perioperative documentation.
  • Engage in independent and collaborative clinical decision-making activities.
  • Exercise surgical conscience at a beginner level to promote optimal patient outcomes
  • Enact perioperative nursing activities to protect self, patient, and team members from risks and hazards encountered in the perioperative environment.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Perioperative Clinical 1: Perioperative-Perinatal Nursing Clinical (NSPO 7330) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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