I just completed reading the End of Shift article “Rekindling the Spirit: Patient encounter reminds RN why periop nurses matter” (www.Nurse.com/Article/Rekindling-the-Spirit) by OR nurse Elizabeth Rodrigue-Desnoyers in the February 2014 issue. I am an OR nurse with more than 30 years of experience. Never have I heard or read such a wonderful description of the role of an OR nurse.
Ms Rodrigue-Desnoyers gave a personal yet professional view of the circulating nurse’s role. She demonstrated how important the OR nurse is, despite the fact many nurses view those who work in the OR as “not real nurses,” that we simply hand off instruments.
I believe this is probably the least glamorous of nursing jobs, but it can be the most intense. It is the one role that requires nurses to use all our senses, all the time (as described in the article).
Although our patients rarely remember our names, we always remember who they are and what a privilege it is to care for them when they are most vulnerable in the OR.
Marilyn Malinowski, RN, MSN, CRNP, CRNFA, CNOR