The focus of this course is on theory related to providing perioperative nursing care primarily in the circulating nurse role. Knowledge related to childbearing individuals undergoing and recovering from anesthesia and surgical intervention for cesarean birth procedures provides a context for study. Emphasis is on the principles and responsibilities related to preparing patients and families for surgery, supporting the delivery of anesthesia, maintaining a safe, supportive, perioperative environment, and supporting a safe recovery from anesthesia for caesarean section procedures. Students learn about the key concepts of caring, safety, aseptic technique, and surgical conscience. Clinical decision-making frameworks that guide practice in the circulating role are reviewed. Learners consider how standards and competencies inform perioperative patient care in the circulating nurse role. Students build on nursing knowledge of pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes in order to integrate this information with learning related to anesthesia and associated perioperative nursing care. Students examine ways of developing collaborative relationships with individuals, colleagues, instructors, and members of the surgical team. Participants will also consider leadership strategies, including advocacy and utilization of effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills during the perioperative period.
Upon successful completion, the learner will be able to:
Effective as of Winter 2014
NSPO 7230 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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