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AORN and Mercy Ships Collaborate to Increase Patient Care Aboard Hospital Ships
Date:3/24/2009

High Level of Volunteer Participation is Expected From Perioperative Nurse Professionals.

Chicago, IL (Vocus) March 24, 2009 -- Patrick Voight, president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), announced on Thursday to more than 5000 attendees at its 56th annual Congress that AORN has entered into a collaboration with Mercy Ships, the operator of the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.

Through the collaboration, the RN membership of AORN will be invited to volunteer their operating room training and skills in six state-of-the-art operating rooms on the Africa Mercy by providing surgical support and health care in African nations.

Mercy Ships supports the mission of AORN which is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. “This important collaboration enables our members to share their knowledge and expertise at the international level, caring for populations that might not otherwise have access to safe and professional help,” said Voight.

Mercy Ships relies on volunteer medical professionals to fulfill its mission of bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor. Approximately 150-200 operating room nurses are needed annually to serve the 5400 patients that receive operations onboard the ship. “We rely on the expertise, knowledge and skills of our qualified volunteers.

The perioperative nurse professionals of AORN are an excellent resource of expert nurses to help us provide the high standard of care that we deliver to all patients onboard the Africa Mercy,” stated Sam Smith, CEO of Mercy Ships.

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