This 125- hour clinical course is an introduction to perioperative nursing care with a primary focus on developing beginning competency in the scrub nurse role. Students implement NSPO 7250 and/or NSPO 7251 theory content 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 surgery. Learners will implement a framework for practice and function independently as a novice scrub nurse. Participants will apply key concepts of safety, surgical conscience and aseptic technique in the scrub role to promote a safe and supportive environment for patients and perioperative team members. Students will continue to learn about and apply the concept of caring through exploration of patients' intraoperative experiences. Learners will use effective communication, organization and prioritization techniques to facilitate the set-up and monitoring of a sterile environment. Students will learn to apply sound clinical decision-making processes in the intraoperative phase of perioperative care. Emphasis is on the scrub nurse's collaborative role with patients, colleagues, instructors and multidisciplinary team members is emphasized. Students will create opportunities to humanize the perioperative environment for patients and team members using collaborative strategies. Learners will begin to learn about and practice circulating nurse skills that focus on supporting the scrub nurse and sterile team.
As licensed health care practitioners, learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners 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, learners should be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2021
NSPO 7350 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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