Nursing is full of strong personalities. But rather than let this get in the way, nurses use their differences and talents to help make the dynamic world of healthcare run smoothly. But even in an industry as varied and diverse as nursing, there is one group that often stands out as the “black sheep.” Surgery Nurses use their unique personalities and gifts to help make every surgery a success. But what’s so special about OR nurses?
1) They Keep Their Emotions “Masked”
Nobody has a poker face like an Operating Room nurse. Whether it’s updating worried families in the literal 11th hour of surgery or shifting gears from 0 to 60 in seconds flat, OR Nurses are the calm in the storm. Pre- and post-operative care requires empathy and excellent bedside manner. It also requires an assertive and commanding demeanor—there’s no room for mistakes. OR Nurses have an abundance of compassion, but they are also certified bad-asses.
2) They’ll Never Overstay Their Welcome
OR Nurses tend to be more introverted and cerebral than their counterparts in other fields of nursing. Sure, they need to blow off steam and socialize just like the rest of us, but you’ll be more likely to find them reading a book or indulging in some “me” time on their day off. And of course, they prefer to play Solitaire 😉 So invite them to the pot-luck… but don’t expect them to stick around all night.
3) They KNOW Your Patient
There is no such thing as an “overstaffed” nursing department. It’s a struggle to keep ratios under 1:4 or even 1:5 in some areas. But OR nurses have the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients for longer periods of time compared to their peers in other departments. Following a patient from pre- to post- operative care allows time for a more personal relationship. This means that they often have valuable insight about a patient’s needs, medical history, and the status of their care.
4) They Play Hurt
Did you know that perioperative personnel experience respiratory illness and sinus irritation at TWICE the rate of their counterparts in other departments? This is thought to be a consequence of inhaling ablated human tissue all day long. That means twice as many sore, scratchy throats, twice as many dry-coughs, twice as many stuffy-noses and headaches too. But that doesn’t stop surgery nurses from showing up and giving their all to their patients. They are the MVPs of the OR and should be your first pick for intermural teams.
5) They Know Where You Left Your Keys
When it comes to nursing, the devil is in the detail. This is especially true in surgical settings. Perioperative nurses are highly organized and have incredible attention to detail in their work. However, they are also very process-oriented thinkers and have a knack for staying “sharp” even through the most routine and repetitive tasks. This allows them to respond at a moment’s notice to the various challenges that often arise in the OR. Also, they are the most helpful member of your carpool because they will never forget where you parked or the last place that they saw your purse/keys/badge/wallet/phone.
Do You Love OR Nurses?
Perioperative Nurses face unique situations in the OR. But they are uniquely equipped with the personality and work ethic to help make every surgery a success. Show your OR Nurses that you understand them by speaking their language—the language of top-notch perioperative care. Trial Saf-T-Vac for free by contacting your rep today!
DID YOU KNOW:
Speaking of masks, the n95 surgical mask is insufficient protection from surgical smoke. Studies have show that cauterization and electrosurgical procedures can generate ultra-fine particles that are too small for the masks to filter. Additionally, they do not offer much protection from the smell of cautery smoke, which can be nauseating and distracting for OR staff.
DID YOU KNOW:
Surgical smoke should be evacuated no more than 2 inches from the surgical site to prevent irritation, infection, and transmission of viable cells. Room ventilation is important, but it will not reduce potential risks from cautery smoke. Your OR should be equipped with an OT ventilation system in addition to a Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) system and smoke evacuation equipment.