On May 1, 2014, I am a closing motivational keynote speaker for the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses ( ASPAN) 33rd National Congress. The theme of the event is Dealing with Challenges, Winning with Power, Practice and Purpose.
Over 2000 pre and post operative nurses from across north america will attend this event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
PeriAnesthesia Nurse see patients pre and post op in an inpatient and outpatient hospital setting. The biggest part of their job is to prepare a patient before and after surgery.
In Pre Op environment
Nurses make sure the patient understands the surgery and are prepared, have taken medications, have a post surgery ride home and have not had food or drink after midnight the evening before surgery.
Nurses also do safety checks, make sure lab tests are completed, start the patients IV, and communicate with the rest of the OR team. They also update the EMR, electronic medical record.
In the Post Op environment
Here nurse spend the day waking up patients after surgery. Patients who emerge from the OR may or may not have control of their airways, so nurses oversee this.
Every patient wakes up differently, so you never know what you will get. Some patients don't wake up so nice, they may have no idea where they are and have no memory of waking up.
The biggest stress for PeriAnesthesia Nurses is the constant time constraint. For each patient they are under the gun to prepare for and after surgery often in under and hour.
PA nurses are also concerned with HCAP scores which reimbursement is tied to. PA nurses standards are high, they always expected to score either good or great on patient satisfaction. Reimbursements will go down if they don't.
I am looking forward to being the closing motivational keynote speaker for the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses conference in Las Vegas.
My motivational speech will be The Joy of the Job for Nurses.