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Collaborative exercise encourages OR nursing careers


HOUSTON – Nursing students from Texas Woman’s University’s Houston campus experienced what it is like to be an operating-room nurse during a surgery simulation exercise held June 5 at the OR lab at the Houston Community College’s Coleman College for Health Sciences.

“The goal of the exercise was to encourage OR nursing careers for the 16 nursing students enrolled in a perioperative elective course at TWU,” said Dr. Kathryn Tart, TWU associate professor of nursing and TWU-Houston baccalaureate coordinator.

Under the guidance of nurses from The Methodist Hospital, the TWU nursing students practiced pre-operative assessments; prepping, scrubbing, gowning and gloving the surgeons; and positioning a patient.

“The nurses who served as instructors were able to show the students all the steps that go into a successful surgery,” said Michelle Brents, RN-CNOR, MS, TWU nursing clinical instructor and OR nurse for The Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Tart created the perioperative elective to address the increasing shortage of OR nurses. She said that typically nurses graduate with only observational experiences of the perioperative environment.

“Having an opportunity to practice these skills in a safe simulation lab helps the students feel more comfortable in their perioperative clinical experiences at one of the hospitals,” said Christine Castillo-Sainz, RN, a surgical instructor for HCC’s Coleman campus who helped administer the exercise.

“The simulation was easily one of the best learning experiences I have ever had,” said Cameron Erickson, TWU nursing senior. “It felt like the instructors were bursting at the seams to provide you with their knowledge and experience. I was totally blown away by how helpful and how meticulous they were.”

The TWU perioperative elective also included focused classroom lectures, lab and surgery observations and perioperative clinical experiences at The Methodist and LBJ hospitals.

“OR nursing is such a niche area and a special expertise is necessary,” Dr. Tart said. “I am encouraged by the large number of students who signed up for this elective and have expressed a desire to learn more about caring for patients in the perioperative setting.”


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Director of News and Information
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