From the Editor

With this issue we bring you a surgical crossword puzzle, some downright weird medical news and RNFA job openings to explore. And Claudia Vazquez, a NIFA-sponsored First Assistant in Dr. Glenn Geelhoed’s current medical mission, reports on operating in primitive conditions in South Sudan.
Please visit NIFA at the AORN Congress, March 24-29, in New Orleans.  We’ll be in booth #6213.

Julie Lancaster

Perioperative Puzzle

8d49e19d-4c3f-41a8-878e-f82c1abc049fTry your hand at an orthopedic crossword puzzle created by our staff. It’s fun, but also a memory workout!

Click here for the puzzle and clues, and a link to the answers.

Graduate Spotlight: Claudia Vazquez

dd5a2bc4-6453-4fad-824b-15e02b640eebName: Claudia Vazquez
Credentials: RN, RNFA, CNOR
NIFA Graduate: 8/2010
City and State: Fortuna, CA

I had been interested in joining Dr. Glenn Geelhoed’s team on a medical mission since I first heard about his work through NIFA as a RNFA student. . . So when NIFA offered to sponsor me in Dr. Geelhoed’s December 2011-January 2012 mission to South Sudan, I immediately responded.  Read more.

Is There a Nurse in the House?

Did you catch these  recent stories?

Man suffers apparent heart attack while eating a Triple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, NV.
And the follow-up report in which the restaurant owner defends the restaurant’s premise.

And in Pensacola, FL, an electronic cigarette–used to help people quit smoking–exploded while a man was puffing on it, resulting in severe burns and loss of some teeth and part of his tongue.

RNFA Job Front

Click to see the latest batch of open RNFA positions we’ve collected for you!

Links of the Month

AO Surgery Reference App for Smartphones – Repository for surgical knowledge with complete surgical management from diagnosis to aftercare for all fractures of a given anatomical region. It gives access to hundreds of surgical procedures and approaches, and surgical decision making made easy with literature evaluated and prepared for quick reference. Learn how to access the right version for your smart phone.

Surgical Internet reference site – Surgical videos from hospitals across the nation.