Local Truckee Tahoe perioperative registered nurses receive scholarship
November 23, 2010
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Members of Sierra-Tahoe Chapter of AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) presented a $1,000 scholarship to two students reaching for their registered nurse degree.
Allyson A. Achey, of Truckee is attending University of Nevada, Renoand#8217;s Orvis School of Nursing. She has worked part time at Truckee Surgery Center while attending school. Randi M. Arias-Losado of South Lake Tahoe is attending Carrington College (formerly Apollo College) in Reno while working at Barton Memorial Hospitaland#8217;s Home Health and Hospice.
The fundraising efforts of the Chapterand#8217;s members started small, with bake sales and other small fund raisers. Then last year the members hosted a fundraising dinner at the Edgewood Restaurant, Stateline, Nev. which included a memorable fashion show of and#8220;throw-outand#8221; items and unusable discards from the operating room and#8220;fashionedand#8221; into garments for the entertainment of the attending audience. Generous support for the event was made by several local physicians, their office staff and other members of the community.
The members of Sierra-Tahoe Chapter live and work all around Lake Tahoe. Their hospitals include Tahoe Forest, Incline Community, Truckee Surgery Center, Lake Tahoe Surgery Center and Barton Memorial Hospital. Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of nursing practice. The nurse is a fundamental member of the surgical team, who works in collaboration with other health care professionals which may include the surgeon, circulating nurse, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant, and other assistive personnel. The perioperative registered nurse provides nursing care to surgical patients preoperatively, intra operatively and postoperatively.
Also, the operating room staff members around the Lake celebrated Perioperative Nurse Week Nov. 8-14. The nurses and entire staff of the OR took time to recognize and honor perioperative nurses for their important role and commitment to safe patient care.
All staff members of every local hospital look forward to helping raise awareness of the importance of adhering to safe patient care by committing to support and#8220;Time Outand#8221; for every patient, every time. And this is not a commitment for this week only; this is a commitment all members of every operating room to practice every day.
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History of Perioperative Nurse Week
In 1979, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses House of Delegates approved a resolution that AORN designate a day each year to promote consumer education and enhance public knowledge regarding the role of the perioperative nurse. Nov. 14 was designated as OR Nurse Day, and a few years later, the observation was expanded to a full week. Since 1979 individual members, AORN chapters, hospitals and other medical facilities have organized special events and utilized other forms of publicity to help educate the public about the diverse roles performed by perioperative registered nurses. In 2000, OR Nurse Week was changed to Perioperative Nurse Week to more accurately reflect the broad spectrum of patient care services provided to surgical patients by perioperative nurses.