From the Editor

The news has been full of reports about national figures having elbow surgery in recent months: Kansas City Royal Omar Infante,  Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister—even rappers Machine Gun Kelly and Lil Wayne.

In this issue we bring you videos and resources about elbows, including an all-new crossword puzzle about elbow anatomy and surgery.

You’ll also find other resources, jobs we’ve collected for you, and a Student Spotlight featuring Sheryl Hyman, MSN, FNRC, RN, CCRN, of Darlington, SC.

With the NFL Super Bowl looming in less then two weeks, we are also bringing you a bonus extra crossword puzzle: NFL Super Bowl / Football Injuries!

NIFA’s headquarters are located in Dove Valley, the home of the Denver Broncos, and let’s face it, it’s pretty exciting to have your neighbors playing in the Super Bowl. Whether your favorite team is the Broncos or the Panthers, we hope you enjoy the puzzle!

Lastly, when your team scores, watch the elbows to execute the Perfect High Five!


Julie Lancaster, Editor


Why Does It Hurt So Much To Hit Your Funny Bone?

We’ve all experienced the distinct, different-from-any-other discomfort that happens when we hit our funny bone. This article from BBC Future explains exactly what’s going on.
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Elbow Anatomy Animated Tutorial
In this episode of eOrthopodTV, orthopaedic surgeon, Randale C. Sechrest, MD, narrates an animated tutorial on anatomy of the elbow.
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UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) Reconstruction / Tommy John Surgery  Dr. Laith Jazrawi, Chief of Sports Medicine at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, presents his surgical technique of ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) in a young baseball player using the docking technique.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Surgery
The Cubital Tunnel is a space at the inside of the elbow where the ulnar nerve passes alongside the humerus. The ulnar nerve is a centrally important nerve to the arm, and provides both use and sensation, so when it is compressed within the Cubital Tunnel, its effectiveness and use can be hampered. If non-surgical attempts to treat it are unsuccessful, there are several standard surgical procedures that may be done to alleviate the compression. In this video, John Knight, MD, of the Hand and Wrist Institute, provides an overview of those procedures.  Watch now…

Perioperative Puzzle: Elbow Surgery CrosswordLungs_CrosswordTest your knowledge of elbow anatomy and elbow surgeries 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!

Perioperative Puzzle BONUS! Football Injuries Crossword

Enjoy this reprint of a crossword puzzle we created two years ago that focuses on football injuries in general and NFL Super Bowl injuries in particular.

Here’s the link to check your answers.

Elbow Pro III by, LLC, gives users an in-depth look at the elbow, allowing them to cut, zoom and rotate the elbow. Elbow Pro III provides multiple cross sections (sagittal, coronal and transverse) as well as the ability to cut away different layers, revealing the muscles, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue down to the skeleton. Click for the iPad Edition. Also available in an iPhone Edition.
Student Spotlight: Sheryl Hyman
Name:  Sheryl HymanCredentials:  MSN, FNP-C, RN, CCRNStudent Status: Current NIFA RNFA studentCity and State: Darlington, SCCurrent Position:  NP Cardiothoracic/Vascular SurgeryWhere did you get your degrees?
RN from Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC; advanced degree with Walden University.Why did you choose perioperative nursing? Cardiovascular is my love! With so many NPs graduating, I wanted to stand out. This is a new role for an NP in the South. NIFA has provided the needed skills.

What is the funniest or scariest moment you’ve ever seen at the table? The ventilator stopped working and I had to bag the patient for the remainder of the surgery.

What is one technique or RNFA trick you’ve learned from NIFA that you will use for life? One handed tying, if I have to pick specifically. However, I have no doubt that all stitches and ties will be used!

How do you feel having your RNFA will impact your life/career?
Make me more marketable. Help me stand out from the rest, and give me new job satisfaction!

Click here for the RNFA job postings we’ve collected for you this month.