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NSPO 7430 - Perioperative Theory 3: The Nurse in the Scrub Role (Modified)

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This course provides theory related to perioperative nursing practice primarily in the scrub nurse role. The focus of study is the intraoperative period for childbearing individuals undergoing cesarean birth procedures. Students learn about the key concepts of caring, clinical decision-making, safety, aseptic technique, and surgical conscience, and how these concepts are used to maintain a safe, supportive, perioperative environment. Clinical decision-making frameworks that guide practice in the scrub role are introduced and reviewed. Learners consider how standards and competencies inform perioperative patient care in the scrub nurse role. Learners build on nursing knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to integrate this information with learning related to perioperative nursing care in the scrub role. Learners examine ways of developing collaborative relationships with individuals, colleagues, instructors, and members of the surgical team.


NSPO 7330



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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 7430 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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