This is a concise, easy-to-access resource for nurses who are new to the OR and the experienced nurses who guide them. Condensing volumes of operating room content into one pithy, pocket-sized book, it contains a wealth of current, evidence-based clinical practice information nurses need daily. The guide covers all key areas of perioperative nursing based on current standards and recommended practices, and is organized to provide speedy access to critical information. Its lucid, step-by-step format helps new nurses to better understand the complex skills and techniques they are required to kw in the OR. The guide's Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature further reinforces important information. With a focus on safety and specific patient interventions, the book covers all of the information a new nurse will learn during orientation along with supplies needed and important protocols. It addresses personal and patient preparation, environmental concerns, and documentation requirements, and describes the wide range of specific technical skills needed by both the circulating and scrub nurse. Each chapter introduces concepts and sets clear learning objectives. Nursing pearls highlight critical information and tables further facilitate quick reference. Also included is an overview of the most common surgical procedures. Both new perioperative nurses in orientation and their preceptors will find it to be a welcome addition to the learning process. Key Features: * Provides must-have OR orientation information for new nurses and their preceptors* Contains key information on patient preparation, aseptic technique, surgical procedures, anaesthesia considerations, and documentation* Pocket-sized for portability* Based on the most up-to-date evidence in the literature* Includes Fast Facts in a Nutshell feature to reinforce important information
Theresa Criscitelli, EdD, RN, CNOR, is Assistant Director of Professional Nursing Practice and Education, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY, USA. She also serves as Adjunct Professor, Nursing Research, Adelphi University, NY, USA, and has been a Clinical Instructor in the Surgical Technology Program, Nassau Community College, NY, USA. Dr. Criscitelli has 26 years of OR nursing experience in such specialties as neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and cardiothoracic open heart. Has made numerous presentations on educational and clinical topics in perioperative nursing, and has written numerous articles on these topics for the leading journals in the field.