Periop Talk

Periop Talk

Keeping surgical patients safe is the top concern of perioperative nurses. Each month, join AORN’s periop-specific podcast, Periop Talk, for Q&As with AORN Guideline for Perioperative Practice nurse authors and discussions with industry thought leaders to interviews with frontline OR nurses, we strive to make surgery safer by discussing today’s top perioperative topics.

Episodes

April 8, 2024 5 mins

In this episode of Periop Talk AORN gives a sneak preview into the new High-Level Disinfection Guideline and how these key changes will impact your daily practice. Perioperative nurses play a vital role in the disinfection process:

  • Enhanced communication: Ensuring seamless handoff of devices to decontamination with details about pre-treatment and device condition.
  • Verification before disinfection: Introducing a crucial step - cle...
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The opportunity to start fresh in a different department is a gift. Once you are there, take advantage of everything and everyone. Staff are designated to help teach you the art and science of their practice, so be physically, mentally, and emotionally present to absorb every bit of it. Understand that there are many ways to accomplish the same task and be open to a new way. Keep the best of what you learn and add it to your toolbo...

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This updated Guideline for Safe Environment of Care provides new and revised recommendations on developing fire safety plans, performing fire risk assessments, fire safety training, establishing latex safety programs and chemical safety plans, among others. The purpose of this guideline is to maintain a safe environment of care for perioperative patients and personnel and prevent injuries or harm by mitigating the risks associ...
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February 19, 2024 16 mins

At the foundation of any clinical relationship is trust: trust between clinicians and patients, trust among the interprofessional team members, and trust between a new hire and the preceptor. Building a trusting relationship between the new hire and preceptor takes time, but there are some things that a preceptor can do to develop the trusting relationship.

Be Explicit About Expectations
Expectations within nursing pra...

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February 6, 2024 5 mins

The physical design of the surgical suite should support safe patient care, efficient movement of patients and supplies, and workplace safety and security. The surgical suite includes the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care areas and support areas, including central and satellite sterile processing areas, administrative areas, waiting areas, and staff areas. In this episode of Periop Talk Lisa Spruce, sr. d...

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Surgical smoke is the by-product of using energy-generating devices (e.g., electrosurgery units, powered surgical instruments), and it is full of carcinogenic and mutagenic cells. AORN speaks with Scott Hantz, a firefighter and perioperative director of nursing at the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, about the dangers of surgical smoke and how the AORN Center of Excellence in Surgical Safety: Smok...

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January 8, 2024 5 mins

What are the three biggest changes to the Guideline for Medication Safety? It all depends on your facility, but labeling, hazardous medication and antibiotic oversight were three issues that really stood out to guideline author Julie Cahn, sr. perioperative practice specialist at AORN. Medication errors are preventable but continue to occur despite regulations, governmental resources and oversight, recommendations from professional...

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Traveling nurses are here to stay. Join AORN President Vangie Dennis and Board Member Becca Vortman for a conversation with a staff nurse and a traveling nurse about how changing your approach to periop team culture can help ease challenges created by staff shortages and improve satisfaction.

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What are the new assessment tools and how is technology helping us reduce surgical patient injuries? Hear about practice changes from the AORN Sr. Director of Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice Lisa Spruce. 

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AORN President Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO speaks with Molly, a Millennial O.R. nurse-turned-clinical educator about how the “trophy generation” helped evolve perioperative teams - and the challenges and opportunities of a 5-generation workplace.

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What are the biggest pros and cons of working among 5 different generations today? AORN President Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO speaks with Mary-Kate, a Gen Z periop nurse at a large New York hospital, about hurdles of being the youngest member of an OR team and challenging her generation’s stereotypes. 

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AORN leaders, like perioperative nurses everywhere, agree food can be the highlight for celebrating Perioperative Nurses Week. Listen in as Board President Vangie Dennis, Vice President Darlene Murdock, and Board Director Megan Nolan share some additional ways to have fun, bond with colleagues, and connect with the community. Spoiler alert: they love the food, too!

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AORN President Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO speaks with Wellstar Health System Assistant Vice President of Ethics, Advance Care Planning and Spiritual Health Jason Lesandrini MA, PhD(c), FACHE, HEC-C, LPEC about better preparing yourself to manage situations that go against the grain – from patient consent disputes to DNRs to unusual staffing ratios and more.

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Going “against the grain” of our patient care training during COVID-19 created moral injury in nurses. But a body of evidence proves that using very simple strategies will help you manage how your body reacts to stressors – and they are techniques available to everyone. AORN President Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO has a conversation with periop nurse and mind-body medicine practitioner Dr. Margaret Below PhD, RN, NE-BC about t...

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AORN President Vangie Dennis MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO and periop nurse and mind-body medicine practitioner Dr. Margaret Below PhD, RN, NE-BC talk about micro-episodes of joy, gratitude and other simple, proven steps that will change how your body reacts and how you feel. They challenge nurses to try these two small steps over two weeks and see how they help you feel better.

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The President’s Corner is a series of conversations between AORN President Vangie Dennis, MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, and colleagues across the country about issues most important to AORN members and the perioperative community.

In Episode 1 “Nursing Uncharted – The Staffing Shortage” Vangie speaks with David Wyatt, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR,  past AORN President and Chief Nursing Officer of the University Hospitals at the Universi...

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June is Pride Month and, to help raise awareness around inequities in healthcare, transmale Nik Unterkircher, MA, UX/UI, DEI Practitioner at AORN, talks candidly with Vice President of Nursing, Renae Battie’, MSN, RN, CNOR. They discuss common challenges transgender patients face in the binary world that will help nurses more fully understand patient anxiety, the potential for misdiagnosis, and small steps nurses can take to improv...

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The Joint Commission and AORN’s CEO Linda Groah discuss the challenges and solutions for an effective Time Out. Learn more. 

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How do nurse leaders and their teams break through complex, chaotic, and broken systems – with widespread burnout – to transform their fast-paced hospitals and ASCs into sustainable caring cultures? 

Join us for AORN’s Fireside Chat, a live conversation about solutions to the most-asked question from perioperative nurses and leaders today: How do we rebuild from compassion fatigue, moral distress, and exhaustion – and create a place...

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Leveraging technology to prevent the devastating impacts from RSI on your patients – and your staff – is easier than you think. “It really does enhance your workflow. I can’t imagine NOT using it,” says Cleveland Clinic Director of Surgical Nursing Dena Salamon, MSN, RN. Hear how and why her system chose to use technology to support the OR team.

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