Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 13 Contact Hours
Author(s): Textbook Authors:
  • Terri Goodman, PhD, RN, CNOR
  • Cynthia Spry, MA, MS, RN, CNOR, CSIT
Workbook Author:
  • Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Item#: N1633
Content: 1 Textbook (400 pages), 1 Exam Workbook (34 pages)
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Essentials of Perioperative Nursing, 5th Edition

Price $124.95
Item # N1633
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: May 31, 2018

The perioperative nurse is an essential member of the surgical team. As a nursing care provider during all phases of the surgical experience – preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative – these nurses need competence in a wide variety of surgical specialties – a process that may take several years of exposure and hands-on experience. The purpose of this course is to prepare perioperative nurses to competently perform all of their roles and responsibilities in the entire perioperative environment. 

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to navigate safely and effectively in an aseptic environment. The textbook provides the information and skills that the perioperative nurse must master to function independently. With the increase in the number and complexity of surgical procedures being undertaken in both inpatient and outpatient settings, nurses need quick and efficient orientation to the perioperative setting. This course can be instrumental in preparing the entire perioperative nursing staff to competently perform in the perioperative setting. It will also be useful for reference and review, and for preparing for the certification exam.  

In this course the learner will find information that broadens their aptitude in a variety of perioperative areas including preparation of the patient for surgery, prevention of infection, prevention of retained surgical items, prevention of injury, and workplace safety. Important topics such as preparation of instruments and items used in surgery, aseptic practices, hemostasis, tourniquets, electrosurgical equipment, and the use and care of basic surgical instrumentation are discussed in detail. Each chapter also provides a competency checklist to help the nurse assess competency in the different areas of perioperative nursing. 

The textbook reflects the most current research findings, literature reviews, and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards and recommended practices as reflected in its new Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

Course Objectives

  • Describe essential elements of perioperative practice.
  • Discuss application of the Perioperative Nursing Data Set (PNDS).
  • List nursing diagnoses commonly applicable to surgical patients.
  • Identify desired patient outcomes relative to surgical intervention.
  • Discuss the responsibility of the perioperative nurse in achieving desired patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and concepts of perioperative nursing.
  • Identify the behavioral skills necessary to demonstrate competency in essential perioperative practice.

Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC, is the lead nurse planner at Western Schools. Kim is certified in nursing professional development and holds a master’s degree in nursing education from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Nursing in New Orleans. She has been a nurse educator, planning nursing and interprofessional continuing education for healthcare providers, for 14 years. From 2009 to 2014, Kim served as coordinator/director of continuing education for the LSUHSC School of Nursing, where she continues as a guest instructor for graduate classes on professional development and continuing education. She also continues to serve as an appraiser for primary credentialing as a team leader and team member for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), as well as for joint accreditation in medicine, nursing, and pharmacy for the ANCC/COA. Kim worked for several years in intensive care units and as a chemotherapy nurse.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.