St. Joseph's Medical Center and Central Lakes College have teamed up to provide registered nurses with training to become perioperative nurses.
The perioperative nurse is a registered nurse providing and managing the care of patients undergoing surgery or other invasive procedures. The perioperative RN works in a team with an anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, surgeon and surgical technologist.
During the anesthesia time period the RN monitors the operating room setting to ensure a positive outcome for the patient, including such monitoring efforts as sponge counts before and after a surgical procedure.
Linda Smith, manager of perioperative services at St. Joseph's Medical Center; Leslie Speaker, customized training representative; and Rebecca Best, dean of educational services at Central Lakes College, were instrumental in getting the 120-hour course started Feb. 5.
Nurses who take the course receive a certificate of completion by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. Three registered nurses from St. Joseph's Medical Center, Julia Smith, Christina Thell and Melissa DeRosier, are currently enrolled for their transition to the OR.
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