Nurses Invite Public to Tour Operating Room in Celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week

The open house will be held 1-4 pm Monday, November 8.

New York
 – November 4, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

"Perioperative Nurse Week (Nov. 8-14), previously known as "Operating Room Nurse Week" has been celebrated nationwide since 1979. The recognition week was renamed by the national association to more accurately reflect the broad spectrum of patient care services provided to surgical patients before, during and after procedures.

This year's theme, "Perioperative Nurses: The Freedom to Speak Out" conveys the important role Perioperative registered nurses provide as patient advocates and the role they play in caring for patients before, during and after a surgical intervention. Perioperative nurses have a long tradition of working toward patient safety and improving the quality of patient care.

These highly-trained registered nurses will host the event to share their professional pride and educate the public about their contributions to quality patient care. The nurses will offer demonstrations of medical equipment and instrumentation along with guided tours of the operating and recovery rooms.

"The open house is also an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in a career as an operating room nurse to learn more about the field," said Senior Vice President Perioperative Services, Michael McCarry "There is a tremendous demand for nurses because of the aging of the Baby Boomers. We are pleased to share our knowledge and experience with students to help them consider Perioperative careers and nursing as a profession."

The event gives people an opportunity to become familiar with the hospital's surgical and recovery facilities when they are well to help allay their anxieties in the event that they ever need surgery.

"When you are faced with the prospect of surgery, it's important to know that you can rely on the skills, knowledge, and expertise of Perioperative registered nurses," McCarry said.

The program is free. No advance registration is required. Guests must be 13 years or older. Tours will start in the Perioperative Staff Lounge on the third floor of the Guggenheim Pavilion. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Caridad Alvarez-Figueroa at 212-241-5251 and Calvar03@mountsinai.org.