Ambulatory Surgery Nursing Essentials - N1738


About Course #N1738

Release Date: November 17, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

15 Contact hours | 7.9 Pharmacology hours  Ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. The ambulatory surgery nurse is a valuable member of the patient care team, managing preadmission findings, preoperative assessments, intraoperative patient care, and postoperative education needs. The nurse works as an advocate for the patient by reviewing relevant findings and creating a customized plan of care for each patient.

The purpose of this course is to share essential, evidence-based information about the care that professional nurses provide to patients in the ambulatory surgery environment. Although the same-day, short-stay timeframe is a clear benefit to patients undergoing surgery in the ambulatory setting, it places increased challenges on care providers, especially nurses. Nurses working in this environment must have up-to-date key knowledge and possess astute screening and assessment skills, knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements, emergency response skills, and the ability and compassion to educate patients and families to facilitate a safe and successful discharge from the unit.

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with course #N1719 Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition or course #N1739 Ambulatory Surgery: Anesthetic Management for Nurses.

Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.

About the Author

Angela Kramer, MBA, RN, CNOR, CASC, CPPS, is the director of ambulatory surgery for BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She earned three board certifications through the Competency and Credentialing Institute, the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Certification, and the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. She is a certified nurse in the operating room, a certified surgery center administrator, and a certified professional in patient safety. Mrs. Kramer holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in healthcare management. She is a member of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and sits on the association's committee for education. She is also a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
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