Happy OR Nurse Day!
While Dr. Curves may be the star of the operating room, without the work of a team of skilled and reliable operating room nurses, the creation of the “j curve” or “mommy makeover” could not take place. Operating room nurses have one of the most demanding nursing jobs, that’s why it can be easily agreed that these lifesavers definitely deserve their own day.
The History of Operating Room Nurse Day
The history of nursing dates back well over 2000 years. The Hippocratic Collection describes skilled care and observation of patients by “attendants” on several different occasions, which were most likely the first real nurses mankind has ever known. During later historical periods, both nuns and monks tended to provide nurse-like care to the sick. Examples of this can be found in the histories of many religions, such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. Archaeologists have also discovered plenty of evidence suggesting humans have been performing various types of surgery for up to 9,000 years, with the earliest Egyptian surgical texts dating back to about 1,500 BC. In 1989, the State Governor of Iowa, Terry Bransted, decided to help reward operating room nurses for all of their (often underappreciated) work and put through an executive order to establish an annual Operating Room Nurse Day.
Nurses in this field provide care and support to patients before, during, and after surgery. These nurses are responsible for maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room, monitoring the patient during surgery, and coordinating care throughout the process. They are also responsible for making sure the OR team provides the patient with the best care possible.