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Perioperative Perinatal Theory 1: The Nurse in the Scrub Role NSPO 7230

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Course

Course details

The focus is on how perinatal nurses provide care in the perioperative scrub role for patients undergoing caesarean birth surgery. Participants learn about the key concepts of caring, clinical decision-making, safety, aseptic technique, and surgical conscience. Learners will consider how these concepts are used to maintain a safe and supportive perioperative environment for patients and team members. The course introduces theory and standards that support development of basic perioperative scrub nurse skills in preparation for clinical learning. Clinical decision-making frameworks that guide practice in the scrub role are introduced and reviewed. Participants will build on nursing knowledge of anatomy and physiology to deepen their understanding of how perioperative nurses provide care in the scrub role for patients undergoing caesarean birth surgery. Learners will examine ways of developing collaborative relationships with patients, colleagues, instructors, and perioperative team members.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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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:

  • Use relevant current ORNAC Standards of Care to explain core activities in the scrub role: scrubbing, gowning, and gloving; setting up the sterile environment; counting; preparing for surgery for a caesarean section; draping; anticipating during surgery for a caesarean section; handling specimens; and dismantling the sterile environment.
  • Explain essential components of aseptic technique associated with the preparation and maintenance of the sterile team and perioperative environment.
  • Explain how scrub nurses apply surgical conscience to promote patient safety and healing.
  • Identify risks and hazards associated with the perioperative environment and equipment for patients undergoing caesarean section and team members.
  • Describe scrub nurse activities that minimize risks and hazards and promote patient and team safety.
  • Explain the potential emotional and physical impact of the perioperative environment on patients undergoing cesarean section and team members.
  • Describe effective communication techniques that promote effective perioperative team partnerships and collaboration.
  • Critically analyze independent and collaborative activities of scrub nurses that facilitate effective and ethical patient care within the perioperative team.
  • Explain how scrub nurses care and advocate for patients undergoing cesarean section by use of ways of knowing the individual (case, patient, and person) to care for patients.
  • Communicate a plan for patient-centered care in the scrub role using reflective critical thinking skills and a clinical decision-making framework.
  • Describe scrub nurse activities that facilitate effective multidisciplinary team function.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Perioperative Perinatal Theory 1: The Nurse in the Scrub Role (NSPO 7230) 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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