Perioperative Nursing

Publication Title: 
Medsurg Nursing: Official Journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

An intervention study evaluating the impact of journaling on nurse happiness was conducted with 91 medical-surgical nurses. No differences in general happiness, percentage of time happy, and gratitude were detected among groups although journaling was qualitatively described as meaningful.

Author(s): 
Appel, Linda
Labhart, Lana
Balczo, Pam
McCleary, Nancy
Raley, Mary
Winsett, Rebecca P.
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

Despite advances in anesthetic technique and technology, intraoperative awareness continues to occur with alarming regularity. The psychological effects on patients and the medicolegal consequences to providers have created the need for a reliable monitor of the hypnotic component of anesthesia. A new technology known as bispectral analysis (BIS) has the potential to put an end to the devastating occurrence of intraoperative awareness, as well as improve the overall effectiveness of anesthetic delivery and the surgical experience.

Author(s): 
Ouellette, S. M.
Simpson, C.
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

This article reviews holistic caring-healing therapies that may decrease preoperative anxiety for the surgical patient, based on the philosophy and science of caring developed by Jean Watson, RN, PhD, FAAN. Dr Watson reveals a new paradigm emerging in health care that blends the compassion and caring of nursing in harmony with the curative therapies of medicine. Hypnosis, aromatherapy, music, guided imagery, and massage are integrative caring-healing therapies that may minimize preoperative anxiety.

Author(s): 
Norred, C. L.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

The purpose of this pilot project was to test the feasibility of hypnosis as a preoperative intervention. The unique features of this study were: (a) use of a standardized nurse-delivered hypnosis protocol, (b) intervention administration immediately prior to surgery in the preoperative holding area, and (c) provision of hypnosis to breast cancer surgery patients receiving general anesthesia. A mixed-method design was used.

Author(s): 
Lew, Michael W.
Kravits, Kathy
Garberoglio, Carlos
Williams, Anna Cathy
Publication Title: 
The British journal of theatre nursing: NATNews: the official journal of the National Association of Theatre Nurses
Author(s): 
Spurling, S.
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

This article reviews holistic caring-healing therapies that may decrease preoperative anxiety for the surgical patient, based on the philosophy and science of caring developed by Jean Watson, RN, PhD, FAAN. Dr Watson reveals a new paradigm emerging in health care that blends the compassion and caring of nursing in harmony with the curative therapies of medicine. Hypnosis, aromatherapy, music, guided imagery, and massage are integrative caring-healing therapies that may minimize preoperative anxiety.

Author(s): 
Norred, C. L.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses / American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

This randomized, controlled, blinded study examined the effectiveness of an aromatherapy intervention on the reduction of children's distress in a perianesthesia setting. The sample included children with and without developmental disabilities (n = 94). Subjects in the intervention group received an aromatherapy intervention of lavender and ginger essential oils. The control group received a placebo intervention of jojoba oil. Distress was measured at two times: before induction and in the PACU, using the Faces, Legs, Arms, Cry and Consolability (FLACC) scale.

Author(s): 
Nord, DeeAnn
Belew, John
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

Holism is the philosophy of understanding people by addressing factors that affect people in all situations. The goal of holistic nursing is to help patients integrate appropriate self-care into their lives. By providing holistic care, the perioperative nurse can help surgical patients experience fewer problems (eg, surgical trauma, pain, anesthetic complications), reach discharge more quickly, attain satisfaction with health care, and more easily resume normal activities.

Author(s): 
Selimen, Deniz
Andsoy, Isil Isik
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

Holism is the philosophy of understanding people by addressing factors that affect people in all situations. The goal of holistic nursing is to help patients integrate appropriate self-care into their lives. By providing holistic care, the perioperative nurse can help surgical patients experience fewer problems (eg, surgical trauma, pain, anesthetic complications), reach discharge more quickly, attain satisfaction with health care, and more easily resume normal activities.

Author(s): 
Selimen, Deniz
Andsoy, Isil Isik
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)

Gastric banding is an established and effective form of weight-loss surgery. However, the nursing contribution to it remains largely unexplored. Using semi-structured interviews, this study explored the experiences and opinions of 20 purposively recruited patients about their nurses' contribution to weight-loss surgery. The data were analysed using thematic analysis. Three themes emerged. First, the provision of knowledge and fostering of understanding, both before and after surgery, focusing on information that addresses patients'needs.

Author(s): 
Pfeil, Michael

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