Hand Transplants Demonstrate the Nervous System’s Amazing Adaptability
This fascinating article in Scientific American explores the evolution of hand transplantation since the 1960s and how the brain interacts with a new hand in attempts to restore touching and grasping. Read more…
Spinal Cord Stimulation Reduces Post-CABG AF: Pilot Study
This is about the central, not the peripheral, nervous system, but it is interesting surgery news. “Temporary spinal cord stimulation (SCS) before and after cardiac surgery appears to lower the burden of postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF), according to the results of a pilot study,” writes Michael O’Riordan of TCTMD, an on-line resource in interventional cardiology.Read more…
Peripheral Nerve Injury – In this image-rich informational video, Dr. Catherine Curtin, an associate professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, discusses peripheral nerve injuries—including the ones that can happen during surgery—and what can be done about them. This was a grand rounds presentation to the Stanford Department of Surgery in May 2018. Watch Video…
Peroneal nerve decompression – From the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of
Wisconsin School of Medicine, this video shows surgical techniques to decompress the peroneal nerve. Watch Video…
Tarsal Tunnel and Baxter’s Nerve Surgery – From Bregman Foot-Ankle & Nerve Center, a narrated live surgical video of a patient with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome as well as Baxter’s neuritis and Plantar Fasciitis. Watch Video…
Student Spotlight: Laura A. Land
BSN, RN, CNOR
Current student in NIFA’s RNFA program
City & State
I am currently working in the OR and ER at Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe, MO.
Where did you get your RN degree?
Iowa Western CC – Council Bluffs, IA (AND)
Nebraska Wesleyan – Omaha, NE (BSN)
How did you come to choose perioperative nursing?
I’ve always been interested in surgery but finally made the transition 10 years into my nursing career when I found a place hiring 30 min. from my parents.
What is the funniest moment you’ve ever seen at the table?
I had a patient bronchospasm after extubation, turn blue. and we had to drop an LMA to maintain an airway. When we finally took it out he told us it tasted like “Sprite and bad decisions . . .”
What is one technique or RNFA trick you’ve learned from NIFA that you will use for life?
Probably the loop knot.
How do you feel having your RNFA will impact your life/career?
I’m excited about the idea of having a more hands-on role in the operating room.
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