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Bariatric Surgery: Why Do Patients Need A Psychological Evaluation? - Nurse Tanielian (VIDEO)

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Bariatric nurse Judy Tanielian discusses why all potential bariatric patients need to have a psychological evaluation. Judy Tanielian is a certified bariatric nurse at Tri-City Regional Medical Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California.

Nurse Judy Tanielian:
A psychological evaluation prior to bariatric surgery is imperative, in my estimation. It evaluates the patient’s readiness to accept this life-changing surgery and extend evaluates the family and the support person’s knowledge and ability to support the patient through this process. Also some of our patients come to us on psychotropic meds and it’s important that we consider what the patient is taking when we make the decision about what type of surgery the patient should have.

About Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N.:
Judy Tanielian, R.N., B.S.N., C.B.N. has nearly forty years of nursing experience and six years of experience as a Clinical Director managing Bariatric Surgery programs. She graduated with honors from Portland Community College’s Associate Degree Registered Nursing program in 1973. She served as a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in The Oregon Burn Center for twenty two years, filling a variety of roles from bedside care to management. While at Legacy, Judy was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree with honors, through Excelsior College. During that time period, she was also inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau.

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