Nursing–Operating Room: Team Work is Their Motto, 1965

In 1991, the American Nurses Association designated May 6 to 12 as “National Nurses Week.” Today marks the final day of National Nurses Week 2016, and we are commemorating this by highlighting a “spotlight” article from the October 1965 issue of Scope.

At that time, the “Operating Room Nurses Staff” consisted of one administrative nurse and a staff of 12 men and women.

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The staff had many responsibilities at City of Hope, including maintaining a sterile environment, preparing operating rooms (ORs) with the appropriate instruments and equipment, staffing two ORs, and caring for post-operative patients.

pub_Scope_1965_10 3_Crop(3)At the time the article was published, the OR nurses had just started doing “rounds to meet and get acquainted with preoperative patients.” These newly implemented rounds afforded OR nurses the opportunity to explain the operation and the OR facilities to the patients prior to their surgery. Furthermore, the nurses maintained an efficient “team approach” to their work that was helped by their supervisor, Rachel Ayers, R.N., a leader who was “kind, pleasant and an inspiration to the staff.”

pub_Scope_1965_10 3_Crop(1)Today, Library Services collaborates with Nursing by participating in working groups, councils and teams, as well as providing resources that support the educational and research needs of the nursing staff. For example, the library recently purchased a collection of nursing certification study resources for a variety of certification areas.

Leave a comment and let us know what else we can do to support and celebrate our nurses!

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