Exactly Who Are These Special People?
In honor of National Nurses Day which is always celebrated on May 6th and
opens National Nurses Week, we wanted to take time to highlight and honor
our stellar nursing team at Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
Orthopedic nursing is a very physical job that requires special education
regarding musculo-skeletal disorders, surgery, pain management and working
to optimize the patient to return to their fullest function. These nurses
may be certified in the specialty. This requires a minimum number of hours
of work in order to take a certification test, focused continued education
throughout the year and then continuing to work in the specialty field.
These nurses may be
Nurse Practitioners (NP),
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS),
Advanced Practice Nurses(APRN), or members of the
Nursing Leadership Team who have Master of Science in Nursing degrees (MSNs).
NPs lead the care of the post-surgical patient on a daily basis and are an
extension of the physician team.
CNS works to ensure overall patient and staff education, specialty program
development and support of operations. Our
leadership team empowers MSN-prepared personnel to take the theory and put it into practice,
utilizing evidence-based models to provide quality patient care.
Professionals who oversee and manag
e patient care from admission through discharge include a team of nurses known as
Case Managers. They’re tasked with ensuring that the reimbursement for the care
is approved, and working with the payers, home health companies and skilled
nursing facilities to ensure safe discharge. They are also instrumental
in educating our staff, physicians and patients on reimbursement and regulatory
requirements for payers.
At HOI, the
Pre-Op Nurse is a multi-tasker who does an amazing amount of work for each patient
in a concise period of time. His or her assessment skills must be exemplary,
so that patient problems can be identified before going into surgery.
Pressures from the operating room, the patient, the patient’s family,
and the floor are managed with swift but effective strategic maneuvering.
These nurses deserve every bit of credit for the intense job that they do.
Operating room (OR) nurses
circulatorsby the OR team. Although they enjoy a close and fulfilling relationship
with the surgical team, things may become very intense in a moment’s
notice. Knowing how to work efficiently regardless of the atmosphere in
the OR requires flexibility and insight. OR nurses at HOI are excellent
advocates for our patients, and they use emotional intelligence to understand
patient needs while unconscious.
Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses provide critical care skills as patients emerge from anesthesia. This
vulnerable time period for our patients requires a unique skill set and
diligence in patient assessment. Our HOI nurses meet and exceed the challenges
that are presented each day. We are lucky to have this amazing group of
individuals for patient recovery.
The face of orthopedic nursing is varied, highly trained and educated in
the care of our orthopedic patients. We are blessed at Hoag Orthopedic
Institute to have some of the top nurses in the nation on our staff. If
you are ever in need of our services, you will most assuredly agree!
Kanoe Allen, MSN-CNS, RN, PHN, ONC
Chief Nursing Officer
Hoag Orthopedic Institute
Executive Director Perioperative Services
Hoag Orthopedic Institute