The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 13, 2013

Nurses committed to care

The Commercial-News

---- — If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, a perioperative registered nurse was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation.

While all of the other medical professionals in the room, including the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel, are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative registered nurse focuses on the patient for the duration of the procedure. Perioperative registered nurses provide specialized nursing care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery.

Nov. 11-15 marks the celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week, an annual celebration of perioperative nurses and their commitment to safe patient care.

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is the national association representing the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. AORN’s 43,000 registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing.

We as perioperative nurses want to let you know that we are working hard to protect you — our patients — when you are most vulnerable. Join us in celebrating perioperative nurses and our dedication to safe patient care for 2013 Perioperative Nurse Week.

Our local chapter, East Central Illinois 1409, currently has 29 members. The members meet monthly to network and discuss patient care issues, best practice and share educational opportunities.

The chapter members raise money throughout the year to send members to congress, which is our professional national meeting. This year our National Convention is in Chicago, in March 2014.

Although this week is dedicated to Preioperative Nurses, the Perioperative Team is committed to safe patient care and best outcome. This team includes anesthesia, Ambulatory Care, Endoscopy Suite, Pre anesthesia teaching, Pre op holding , OR, PACU and our Sterile Processing, who are responsible for processing sterile items used during sterile procedures.

Cheryl Rotramel, RN,BSN

Director of Perioperative Services

Past President and current member of AORN

Presence United Samaritans Medical Center