New OR nurses will welcome the third edition of this handy orientation-in-a-book, which distills volumes of operating room knowledge into one concise resource. Presenting complex skills and techniques in a simple and easy-to-follow format, the third edition is newly updated with AORNs 2021 guidelines and contains new chapters on Emergency Preparedness for Disaster, and Lifelong Learning and Professional Development.
This pocket-sized resource delivers current, evidence-based information in all the key areas of perioperative nursing with updated standards and techniques. Written in bulleted format with brief paragraphs, this guide is organized to provide quick access to essential information on basic preparation, safety guidelines, and day-to-day practice in the OR. Beginning with surgery preparation, chapters then address the practice environment and surgical supplies, followed by basic surgical procedures.
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Theresa Criscitelli, EdD, RN, CNOR, is a doctorally prepared nurse who has spent 26 years working in the operating room. Her career began as a certified surgical technologist when she learned to scrub in on an array of surgical specialties, including neurosurgery, orthopedics, and cardiothoracic open-heart surgery. She completed her nursing degree in order to care for surgical patients as their advocate and to be able to obtain other positions in the perioperative area that could help influence patient outcomes. She has held numerous positions in the perioperative setting as a registered nurse, including staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, nurse educator, director of perioperative education, and assistant director of professional nursing practice and education. Dr. Criscitelli is currently assistant vice president of administration and oversees the perioperative and procedural services at New York University (NYU) Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, New York. She also serves as adjunct nursing professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, and was a clinical instructor in the surgical technology program at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York. She also collaborates with a research team at NYU Winthrop Hospital.
Her love for the perioperative field does not cease at the end of the workday. She has published numerous articles in journals and has conducted research on the operating room that has been presented internationally. She oversees an operating room fellowship program and helped establish an academic-service partnership at a local university to provide a capstone experience in the operating room for undergraduate nursing students during their senior year. Engaging new nurses in the perioperative setting is her aspiration.