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NSPO 7230 - Perioperative Theory 2: The Nurse in the Circulating Role (Modified)

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

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.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge of safety, hazard and risk management, surgical anatomy and physiology, asepsis, healing, and professional standards of care related to the provision of perioperative care in the scrub role for childbearing patients.
  • Describe effective communication techniques that foster team collaboration and facilitate optimal care based on perioperative nursing standards.
  • Critically analyze the independent and collaborative responsibilities inherent to the scrub nurse role and the impact of the scrub nurse in facilitating best practices within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Specify ways the scrub nurse enacts caring, advocacy, partnership, surgical conscience, and ways of knowing individuals within the perioperative nursing role.
  • Develop and articulate a plan for patient-centered care using an appropriate clinical decision-making framework for childbearing individuals undergoing surgery.
  • Explain the impact of the environment on patient care and the team.

Effective as of Winter 2014

Related Programs

NSPO 7230 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perinatal Nursing Specialty (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Specialty Nursing (Perinatal - Perioperative Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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