Operational Readiness for Advanced Perioperative Practice in Contingency Environments

Course Number: PCS 63063
3 Credits

In an environment with constant changes in contingency medicine and trauma management, the perioperative clinical nurse specialist (PCNS) must have a keen understanding of operational readiness for missions involving combat, peace-keeping and humanitarian assistance involving safety and critical thinking across the perioperative continuum of care. The combination of teaching techniques using simulation and real-life hands-on trauma experiences will assist students to enhance clinical skills related to managing trauma patients as well as understanding how to critically manage personnel, equipment and supplies in austere environments. These experiences will promote academic discussions about practice issues, maintenance of national standards of care, the Law of War, and maintaining the team's well-being across the perioperative continuum of care with critically ill and trauma patient populations with focus on the patient, nurse and system.