October 2016 • Volume 9, No. 10
From the Editor

Before diving into our traditional Halloween issue, we have two non-Halloween things for you:1. NIFA has a brand new website! Go to RNFA.org and see for yourself. The new website represents a great deal of thought and effort to make a more user-friendly experience as well as more contemporary and lively in design. We hope you like it!

2. And one quick link that is downright inspiring: a short video about the oldest working OR nurse in the U.S. Report by Eric Johnson of KOMO Television, Seattle, WA. Check it out!

Now . . . welcome to our annual Halloween issue—a detour away from the rigors of real-life surgery into a world of shadows, spooks and zombies.

Scroll down for zombie science, haunted hospitals, pumpkin surgery, and an all-new perioperative crossword puzzle for you: Creepy Surgery. Plus our usual collection of jobs and NIFA’s favorite links.


Julie Lancaster, Editor

Photo of pumpkin skull, above, from Skulladay.

The Science of Zombies

“Neuroscientists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and the University of California, San Diego, analyzed zombie behavior in films,” writes this story in the DailyMail.com. “They worked out which sections of the brain would be damaged to trigger zombie behaviors, such as a lack of coordination and thirst for blood.”

Read more . . .

Haunted Hospitals

Ashmore Estates in Ashmore, IL, started out in 1870 as the Coles County Poor Farm, where poor and insane people were sent to live. Noted for its deplorable conditions, the original almshouse on the property was replaced in 1916 with a new red brick building. In 1959 that building was turned into a private psychiatric care facility and operated until 1986, when it closed its doors. Thought to be haunted, the building is
a destination for paranormal investigators. And, celebrating the building’s 100-year birthday, they are offering Halloween flashlight tours this Halloween.

See photos and read about Ghost Adventurer Nick Groff’s visit to Ashmore Estates.

Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, AZ, is Southern Arizona’s longest continuously operating hospital (founded in 1880) and a top medical center.  But it has a reputation for being haunted. Some of the stories revolve around staff reports about the reported appearances of a nun who appears on the fourth floor and then disappears.

Read more . . .

Intrigued about haunted hospitals? Four more are featured here…

Pumpkin Surgery

Scalpel and forceps ready? It’s time for some experimental pumpkin brain surgery or prepping a pregnant pumpkin for delivery.

Perioperative Puzzle: Creepy Crossword

This month’s crossword puzzle is more tongue-in-cheek than usual, but still full of legitimate medical facts. Check it out!When you’re ready to check your answers, follow this link to see how well you did. Good luck!



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

NIFA – Office Hours

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Practice Resources

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
AORN Legislative Map: What’s Happening in My State
RNFA Scope of Practice by State
ACS List of Cases that Require an Assistant at Surgery, 2016 (PDF)
AORN Perioperative Bookstore
Perioperative Nurse Links (state nursing boards & professional associations

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