Vesagas: ORNAP Scientific Convention-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
THE Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Chapter (ORNAP-NMC) will hold its 8th Annual Regional Convention and Scientific meeting onSeptember 1 here in Cagayan de Oro City.
For this year, its theme is “Developing through challenges: soaring perioperative nursing to greater heights.”
Its objectives include:
(1) To come into terms with the new trends of infection control and enhance working knowledge in the operating room;
(2) To apply forensic nursing principles in the context of the operating room; and,
(3) To appreciate minimally invasive surgery and its new trends concerning orthopedic surgery.
The convention’s speakers are experts in their respective medical and nursing fields: Dr. Jerome Anthony Asuncion, an orthopedic surgeon; Ms. Marilu Dizon, a nurse educator; and Dr. Jericho Angelito Cordero, an anatomical pathologist.
Dr. Asuncion had his Trauma fellowship and Minimally Invasive Osteosynthesis training at Queen Mary Hospital University of Hong Kong.
Currently, he handles the Butuan Orthopedic Institute, Center for Minimally Invasive Fracture Surgery and Diabetic Limb Clinic of Butuan Doctor’s Hospital, where he is likewise the chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology.
His impeccable credentials make him an authority in his topic, which is about the new trends in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery for the scientific meeting.
On the other hand, Ms Dizon is a nurse educator in an academic institution in Cagayan de Oro city. For a time, she has been an infection control nurse and risk management coordinator at Suleimania Children’s Hospital in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As an infection control nurse, she has earned meaningful experiences in managing post-surgical patients. She also holds two master’s degrees: business administration and nursing.
Currently, Ms Dizon is finishing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Her topic for the convention is about perioperative infection prevention: moving from idea to innovation.
The third speaker is Dr. Cordero, a diplomate in anatomical pathology and a fellow in the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. He is a medico-legal officer and a forensic DNA analyst.
As a matter of fact, he is also the forensic specialist and pathologist of the Philippine National Police Crime laboratory. Lastly, he holds a master’s degree in management and a nurse’s license.
As such, Dr. Cordero is among the most eligible speakers for the topic ‘forensics for perioperative nurses: expertise and experience.’
Moreover, the convention will be delighted by the presence of Honorable Betty Merritt, a member of the board of nursing in the Philippines. She will be the keynote speaker of the convention.
ORNAP’s official website states that historically, it was conceived in June 11, 2005 with the late Mark Casiño, an operating room supervisor of a government-run hospital was the founding president.
Over the years, ORNAP has grown organizationally and in numbers.
The Mayo School of Health Sciences define perioperative nursing as the surgical care clients receive from registered nurses specializing in the operating room (OR). In short, OR nurses are called perioperative nurses.
For Peter Clengen Sabandal, a senior perioperative nurse and quality assurance officer of Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, the roles of perioperative nurses include being the first assistant of the surgeon and patient educator.
“Basically, as advocates of our surgical patients, we ensure their safety and well-being during the entire perioperative experience,” he explains.
“These responsibilities extend from the preliminary preparations before being wheeled to the OR, the actual surgery itself and the post-surgical monitoring.”
So how does one become a perioperative nurse?
“On top of being a licensed nurse, one has to have the hands, brains and heart for the OR,” he maintains.
“A perioperative nurse must have the courage to face challenges along the way, keeping in mind the basics of aseptic techniques, surgical conscience and team work,” he adds.
Sabandal is also the current vice-president of ORNAP-NMC and the overall chairman of the 8th Scientific Convention and Scientific Meeting.
He wishes to announce that the said event will be held at Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive.
Onsite registration starts at P1,000 for students; P 1,700 for non-members and P1,500 for members.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 27, 2013.