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This course builds on the concepts and frameworks presented in NSPO 7100. The focus is on how perioperative nurses provide care in the scrub role for patients undergoing common, less complex surgeries. Participants will continue learning 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 related to the 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, physiology, and disease processes to deepen their understanding of perioperative nursing care in the scrub role. Learners will examine ways of developing collaborative relationships with patients, colleagues, instructors, and perioperative team members.
Available for re-registration (course extension) only.
Departmental approval needed
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In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students 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; draping; anticipating during surgery; 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 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 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 enact caring with patients.
Explain how scrub nurses advocate for patients.
Explain how scrub nurses use 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 2017
NSPO 7250 is offered as a part of the following programs:
Alexander's Care Of Patient In Surgery (E-Book Access Card)
Ornac Standards For Perioperative Rn Practice (2019)
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