In this 150-hour clinical course, learners will develop beginner competency in the circulating nurse role. Students will implement theory from NSPO 7100, 7250, and 7450 in the practice setting. By engaging in nursing practices that progress from simple to more complex, learners will develop the skills needed to prepare patients for and support them during anesthesia and surgery. By course completion, learners will implement a framework for practice and develop skills to function independently as a novice circulating nurse. Participants will apply key concepts of safety, surgical conscience, and aseptic technique in the circulating role to promote a safe and supportive environment for patients and perioperative team members. Participants will gain further insight into the concept of caring as they work in partnership with patients and families during surgery and anesthesia. Learners will focus on utilizing comprehensive assessment techniques. Students will use effective communication, organization, and prioritization strategies to provide safe, patient-focused care. Additionally, participants will apply sound clinical decision-making processes during the pre-, intra-, and immediate postoperative phases of perioperative care. The course will emphasize the circulating nurse’s collaborative role with patients, colleagues, instructors, and multidisciplinary team members. Students will create opportunities to humanize the perioperative environment for patients and team members using collaborative strategies. Leadership strategies at a novice level will be employed during clinical practice. In addition, learners may begin to integrate practices of the scrub and circulating nurse roles.
In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic enquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017
NSPO 7550 is offered as a part of the following programs:
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