DESCRIBE THE ROLE OF HOLDING AREA NURSES
Holding area nurses work in those operating suites that have a presurgical holding area, next to the main ORs. The patient waits in this area until OR is ready.
The hoding area nurse coordinates and manages the care while the patient is in the area. Responsibilities include greeting the patient on arrival, reviewing the medical record and preoperative checklist, verifying that the operative consent forms are signed, and documenting the risk assessment. The nurse also assesses the patient's physical and emotional status, gives emotional support, answer questions, and provides additional education as needed.
The holding area nurse promotes an atmosphere of comfort, privacy, and confidentiality.