The OCSI Nursing Staff is composed of Registered Nurses and Surgical Technicians, assisting the medical providers in the office and surgery. They prepare patients for, and assist with examinations, able to administer injections and medications, dress wounds and incisions, assist with minor surgery and maintain records. Some also perform routine laboratory and office work. An increasing proportion of sophisticated procedures, which once were performed only in hospitals, are being performed in physicians' offices and clinics, including ambulatory surgery centers and emergency medical centers.
A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and has passed a national licensing exam. Registered nurses help individuals, families, and groups to achieve health and prevent disease. They care for the sick and injured in hospitals and other health care facilities and physician's offices. Some registered nurses are employed in private practice such as the Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois. Many first become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) before becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).
A Surgical Technologist is an allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care. They possess knowledge and skills in sterile and aseptic techniques. Surgical Technicians work under the supervision of a surgeon, registered nurse, or other surgical personnel to help ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. They handle the instruments, scrubs, medications, and other supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.