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Old 10-25-2008, 08:11 AM   #1
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is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

 
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Re: is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

I know on my OR rotation as a student, the RN did not help the surgeon operate. They help the surgical tech do the counts and document the procedure. I was watching operations and was not really paying attention to what the nurse was doing but I know they did not help perform the surgery at the hospital I was at.

 
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Re: is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

A Surgical Technologist is usually the one helping the surgeon operate. The RN is the unsterile person called the circulator. He/she helps the surgeon and surgical tech with things they might need for the procedure. The RN also helps with counts and documentation. I am a surgical technologist and really enjoy being a part of the OR team.

 
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Re: is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

Some hospitals allow their RN's to scrub. I worked for 16 years in the OR, and scrubbed for a couple of services upon occasion. By law, the circulator, has to be an RN. It's more cost efficient for hospitals to useORr tech's. All OR tech's have to be certified to my knowledge. It really depends on the hospital. I havent worked in the OR for quite a few years, but when I left, we had quite a number of RN's who scrubbed. I loved it, by the way!
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Re: is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

there are scrub nurses and there is also a certification called RN first assist who actually assists with the surgery and closes the pt after the surgery.

 
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Re: is there a nurse helping the surgeon operate? what kind of nurse lpn? rn?

Depending on the procedure, you may have two surgeons. One who opens and closes and one who does the actual procedure. In orthopedics, there is often also a surgical assistant who is a nurse with extra training and certification. A friend of mine is a SA and actually has her own firm that provides SA to hospitals on a contract basis. So, it just all depends on the procedure and the hospital.

You certainly have the right to ask your doctor if you are concerned.

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