Perioperative Nurse Week


WHEREAS, perioperative nurses specialize in the care of patients immediately before, during, and after surgical and other invasive procedures; and

WHEREAS, perioperative nursing requires a unique and highly-specialized skillset gained from specialized training and education; and

WHEREAS, perioperative nurses serve in several settings ranging from traditional hospital-based operating rooms to ambulatory surgery centers and physicians’ offices; and

WHEREAS, perioperative nurses assess individual patient needs prior to and throughout the surgical or invasive experience, develop, implement, and continuously evaluate a plan for the care of the patients, and prepare the operating room and patient for their procedure; and

WHEREAS, the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is a national association representing the interests of over 160,000 perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient services, with more than 1,200 AORN members in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, November 9-15, 2014, is PeriOperative Nurse Week; and

WHEREAS, Perioperative Nurse Week recognizes the contributions perioperative nurses make to patient safety and the opportunities and challenges facing the profession;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 9-15, 2014, as PERIOPERATIVE NURSE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.