Reflective Essay: A Day In The Operating Room

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It was a typical busy Tuesday in the Operating Room the morning of November 26th; I remember walking in hoping I had good cases and was assigned to a room. Being part of the Open Heart team meant that if no open heart surgeries were scheduled, you would end up being a float for other services. Many of the nurses preferred not to float because they weren’t always comfortable giving breaks to both surgical techs and circulators, but I didn’t mind scrubbing or circulating different services. I reviewed the scheduled on my way into the locker room before report, I was scheduled to be a float that day. I went into the lounge for morning report and greeted everyone as I always did. Being a morning person doesn’t go well with everyone, including …show more content…
She was also a semi-professional tennis player. Lauren was here for routine uterine ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding. A uterine ablation is when a probe is inserted through the cervix; at the end of this probe there is this netting it opens up like a triangle and radio frequency passes through the netting and ablates the lining of the uterus. It is considered an outpatient procedure, but like any procedure it carries complications. As I walk into the room, her husband was reassuring her that everything was going to be okay. I introduced myself and explained my role. I verified she had patent IV lines, the history and physical note were up to date, and all consent forms were signed. I began to explain the procedure and she asked about the risk. I explained the there are risks with every procedure, but reassured her not to worry that this was a routine procedure. I informed her that her doctor will be in to speak to her more at length about the procedure and could answer any further questions about the procedure. I continued to talk to her to ease her worries. I asked her questions about her children and her face lit up, you could see the stress of the situation slipping off her shoulders. She joked about the hopes that this ablation would do away with her menstruation altogether and we laughed. The doctor approached the bedside and I left the room to allow the doctor …show more content…
(Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice , 3rd Edition, 2015) “Collaboration, by not using the abilities of all members of the team to optimize attainment of desired outcomes.” April should have placed Lauren back on the monitors while they waited. I vocalized my concerned for the safety of the patient. April also was not effective in using group dynamics and strategies to enhance team performance. She also didn’t exhibit dignity and respect when interacting with others and giving and receiving feedback. This was displayed by her abruptly pulling the sheets back to show that the patient had no signs of internal bleeding and asking if I didn’t have another room to go

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