Operating Room Nurse

Operating Room Nurse Expert Witness

OPERATING ROOM NURSES (OR) specialize in the care of patients undergoing surgery. During surgery, an Operating Room Nurse may assume any of the following responsibilities:

  • Circulating Nurse: The Circulating Nurse acts as the patient advocate while the patient is under anesthesia by ensuring patient safety during the operation. The Circulating Nurse does not scrub into the case and therefore performs duties such as charting and tracking (e.g. sponge and needle counts) that cannot be done by staff who must remain sterile. The Circulating Nurse plays an important role in managing all necessary care inside the operating room and assisting the team in maintaining a safe environment for the patient.
  • Scrub Nurse: The Scrub Nurse works alongside the surgeon within the sterile field to assist the surgeon and other surgical staff to minimize complications and ensure a smooth procedure.
  • RN First Assistant: The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative RN who works in an expanded role and collaborates with the surgeon and the OR team. The RNFA practices at the direction of the surgeon and can perform duties during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care such as providing hemostasis, using surgical instruments, and suturing and stapling. In order to be an RNFA, a RN must have two years of OR nursing experience, obtain the Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) credential, and complete a Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) accepted RNFA program.

Operating Room Nurse Case Matter

From routine outpatient surgery to the most robotic complex surgical procedures, Elite Medical Experts aligns Operating Room Nurse experts to handle every facet of surgical litigation and consulting, including:

  • Surgical “time out” and wrong-side surgical errors
  • Operating room nurse administration
  • Operating room nurse training and credentialing
  • Sponge and needle counts
  • Intravenous access
  • Patient positioning
  • Patient safety and advocacy
  • Location of grounding pads
Operating Room Nurse expert witnesses are often called to provide expert testimony on surgical cases in which the care of a nurse requires evaluation to determine whether they complied with the applicable standard of care. To secure a hand-selected Operating Room Nurse expert for your case, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on our Case Strategy Team.