We’ve all heard the term “it’s not brain surgery,” but for some health care professionals it IS brain surgery they’re doing—every day.
Reasons for brain surgery include skull fracture, brain tumor, hematoma, hemorrhaging, aneurysm, nerve issues, epilepsy, movement disorders, and many more.
Advances are happening in this field constantly. Read on for surgical videos, news articles, and a new crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of the brain and brain surgeries.
Our Student in the Spotlight is Jacqueline Ward, APRN, of Mesa, AZ.
You’ll also find jobs we’ve collected for you, along with NIFA’s favorite links. Enjoy!
NEWSTiny Mechanical Wrist for Needlescopic Surgery
A team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory have developed a new tool that provides greater dexterity in needlescopic surgery, where the surgical instruments are shrunk to the diameter of a sewing needle. View and read more . . .
Girl Undergoes New Laser Surgery to Remove Tumor
A girl who was suffering up to 50 seizures per day is living a seizure-free life following a new laser brain surgery procedure administered at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. View Fox news story . . .
View NBC news story . . .
Bioprinted Dura Mater Developed for Use in Brain Surgery
After opening the skull in brain surgery, a surgeon must cut through a protective layer, the dura mater, to access the brain. After surgery, that layer must be replaced or the patient will be in serious danger.
“With a thickness of only 0.2 millimeters, the dura mater may appear to the eye to be no more than a wet paper towel but it has proved extremely difficult to replace,” states an article from 3dprint.com. The article goes on to explain how a team of Chinese scientists developed the 3D printed replacement membrane. It also describes the fabricating process and shows how the material should be sutured onto a patient’s head. Read the article . .
Motor Cortex Brain Surgery
Neurosurgeon Farhad M. Limonadi, MD, of Palm Springs Complex Brain & Spine Surgery, and Chairman of the brain tumor program at Eisenhower Neuroscience Institute, performs surgery to remove a metastatic brain tumor that has invaded a critical part of a patient’s brain, the motor cortex, which is responsible for motor movement of the body. See video . . .
Brain Aneurysm Repair Surgery
Watch a webcast of a minimally invasive brain aneurysm repair from Baptist Health Neuroscience Center in Miami, Florida. Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology Italo Linfante, MD, performed the procedure. See video . . .
Perioperative Puzzle: Brain Surgery
Test your knowledge of brain surgery with this month’s crossword puzzle.
When you’re ready to check your answers follow this link to see how well you did. Good luck!
Brain Surgery APPS
Brain and Nervous Anatomy Atlas. Brain and Nervous Anatomy Atlas is a quick visual reference on nervous system anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies. This iPhone/iPad app includes hundreds of 3D models, animations, and illustrations, and 100 quiz questions that review nervous structures.
Edheads, a site that offers interactive online science and math adventures for kids, offers a module Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, sponsored by Ohio State Medical Center. It is an animated film in which a doctor cuts, probes and drills her way to helping her patient cope with a movement disorder through brain surgery.
Student Status: Current NIFA RNFA student
City and State:Mesa, AZ
Current Job: Trauma Nurse Practitioner
Where did you get your RN degree?
Georgia Perimeter College and Brenau University, BSN
Why did you choose perioperative nursing?
As an Advanced Practitioner with trauma surgeons, they require that all mid-level practitioners are able to first assist.
What is the scariest moment you’ve ever seen at the table?
What is one technique or RNFA trick you’ve learned from NIFA that you will use for life?
Definitely one-hand tying!
How do you feel having your RNFA will impact your life/career?
It will definitely increase my earning potential and make me more marketable.
Here are several of the most-in-demand sites for our students, prospective students and grads:
ACS Surgery News: Specialty News and Commentaries, Videos and More
RNFA Scope of Practice by State (PDF)
ACS List of Cases that Require an Assistant at Surgery (PDF)
AORN Perioperative Bookstore
Perioperative Nurse Links (state nursing boards & professional associations)