Hello SOTGC community,
I would like to introduce a newest contributor to SOTGC, Elizabeth Nideffer, RN, MSN. Elizabeth studied biology at the University of Puget Sound and received her nursing degree in 2000 from Oregon Health and Science University. She is currently on staff in the operating room in San Diego, California. She received her masters in nursing and advanced practice training as a pediatric nurse practitioner from California State University, Long Beach. Elizabeth has participated in several health education programs located in third world countries such as Guatemala, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
Elizabeth was a contributing author for Learning Surgical Instruments, published in 2009, and recently published her own book Introduction of the Operating Room Assistant to the Surgical Environment. Training also offers a certification program for operating room assistants (ORAs).
Elizabeth’s Mission Statement
Elizabeth hopes to continue developing coursework and training programs for operating room assistants in this country and throughout the world designed to promote a safer environment for patients and staff in the operating room. She believes that standardized education and training for everyone in the operating room is one way to accomplish this goal.
The world of healthcare is changing dramatically and will continue to do so in the future. Attempts to decrease healthcare costs has led to the widespread practice of hiring less expensive unlicensed and often uneducated operating room assistants (ORAs) to perform duties that have traditionally belonged to trained nurses. It is Elizabeth’s vision to create a training program that is specifically designed for ORAs so that they will able to work safely and productively in the surgical environment. ORAs are caring and hardworking and they are dedicated to providing safe patient care. It is Elizabeth’s vision to foster this ambition by providing education and training that meets the specific needs of the ORA.