Today marked the halfway point in the 2016 Op Walk Boston mission. Similar to previous days, the operative schedule included a mix of patients with relatively straightforward osteoarthritic pathology to others needing complex revision operations. As the number of patients on the operative list is winnowed down, the effort of our nursing staff increases to make sure our patients can safely recover during the immediate post-operative period.
Nurses are the engine that power healthcare forward, and nowhere is that more true than in our mission this week. Our nursing coordinator, Barbara Aggouras NP, leads by example and puts forth tremendous energy not only to organize and deliver care, but also educate our colleagues at HGPS. The nursing staff receives a plan of care from the surgical team at the beginning of the day, coordinates with physical therapy and most importantly, listens and responds to patient needs.
Every phase of a patient’s care involves nursing. In the operating room, nurses work alongside surgeons and anesthesiologists to make sure the procedure runs safely and smoothly. Upon completion of the operation, a separate nursing staff uniquely trained in post-anesthesia care receives the patient to ensure a stable recovery immediately after recovery. Afterwards, nurses on the floor assume care and administer any necessary medications, dutifully check on patients, and ensure the post-operative plan is performed accordingly.
Op Walk Boston is fortunate to have an incredible group of gifted nurses in the OR, PACU and ward who value teamwork and make the patient’s well being the first priority. Today I watched a lady walk just hours after going bilateral total knee replacement, and this would not be possible without the nursing staff.
-Dan Tobert, orthopaedic surgery resident