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Surgery encompasses all elements in the scientific care of surgical patients. The operation is the focal point for these patients. It is imperative that the patient comes to the operating room (OR) optimally prepared physically and emotionally before performance of an operative procedure. The persons concerned with and/or contributing to surgical patient care are many. The practical nurse shares a special experience with the patient at this time of great stress and need in his life. Their relationship encompasses feelings, attitudes, and behavior approaches. The nurse's first objective is to promote and establish a meaningful, therapeutic relationship, enabling the provision of individualized care. He, then, is to provide the perioperative nursing care that is required for the safest possible care of the patient and production of a favorable surgical outcome.  
Subcourse Components:

This subcourse consists of four lessons and an examination. The lessons are:

Lesson 1, Preoperative Care of the Surgical Patient.

Lesson 2, Operating Room Care of the Surgical Patient.

Lesson 3, Recovery Room Care of the Surgical Patient.

Lesson 4, Postoperative Care of the Surgical Patient.

Credit Awarded:

Upon successful completion of this subcourse, you will be awarded 10 credit hours.

Materials Furnished:

Materials provided include this booklet, an examination answer sheet, and an envelope. Answer sheets are not provided for individual lessons in this subcourse because you are to grade your own lessons. Exercises and solutions for all lessons are contained in this booklet. You must furnish a #2 pencil.

Procedures for Subcourse Completion:

You are encouraged to complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. When you have completed all of the lessons to your satisfaction, fill out the examination answer sheet and mail it to the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School along with the Student Comment Sheet in the envelope provided. Be sure that your name, rank, social security number, and return address are on all correspondence sent to the U.S Army Medical Department Center and School. You will be notified by return mail of the examination results. Your grade on the exam will be your rating for the subcourse.

Study Suggestions:

Here are suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

--Read and study each lesson carefully.

--Complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. After completing each lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.

--After completing each set of lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet, which follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

--As you successfully complete each lesson, go on to the next. When you have completed all of the lessons, complete the examination. Mark your answers in this booklet; then transfer your responses to the examination answer sheet using a #2 pencil.

Student Comment Sheet:

Be sure to provide us with your suggestions and criticisms by filling out the Student Comment Sheet (found at the back of this booklet) and returning it to us with your examination answer sheet. Please review this comment sheet before studying this subcourse. In this way, you will help us to improve the quality of this subcourse.

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 Students who desire credit hours for this correspondence subcourse must meet eligibility requirements and must enroll through the Nonresident Instruction Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). For further information, click here.

Examination Answer Sheets and Student Comment Forms are available by downloading the original correspondence course manual and printing the forms from it. The manual is available here.