SMH Celebrates Perioperative Nurses
Maine Health Senior Vice President of Clinical, M.
Patricia Cook, RN, BSN, EdD was pleased to announce that
Stephens Memorial Hospital is honoring perioperative
nurses during the week of November 9-15th for national
Perioperative Nurse Week.
The Association of
Operating Room Nurses (AORN) members voted on this
year's theme and chose: Perioperative Nurses:
Influencing the Future of Safe Patient Care.
the challenges issued to nurses in coordination with
this week are an essay contest, the chance to mentor
students or peers and influence the future of
perioperative nursing through learning, focusing on
safety of patient care, or hosting an education session
or open house for the public.
a slide presentation on perioperative nursing will be
shown down in the Surgical Services suite as a means to
provide information to patients and their families
regarding this nursing specialty. Leah Frechette,
the new OR Nurse Educator has been putting together a
staff competency program to further ensure patient
boasts 20 RNs in the Surgical Services Department.
The average length of employment for most of these
nurses is over 15 years, which is a credit to the staff
as well as the hospital. Two of these nurses are
certified in OR nursing and one is certified in
Snow, Nurse Director of the OR shares, "The
perioperative nurses in Surgical Services provide the
base for the great team we have. They are
dedicated to providing excellent care to our patients by
working with the physicians and other members of the
surgical team. Our community can be proud of the
professional nursing qualities the perioperative nurses
of Stephens Memorial Hospital bring to them."