What is Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthetic Care Unit Nursing?
Anaesthetic and Post Anaesthetic Care Nursing (PACU) is a highly specialised area of nursing. Anaesthetic and PACU Nurses provide specialist care to patients undergoing anaesthesia and surgery. These specialist roles incorporate physiology and pharmacology in real time during the preoperative, intraoperative and immediate post operative phases. They usual work within a multidisciplinary care team but may be situated in a variety of settings, including the operating theatre, but also at day surgery units, surgical outpatient units and medical imaging settings
Why study Anaesthetics and PACU Nursing?
Our postgraduate program in this specialty area is designed to equip nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to become expert clinicians within Anaesthetics and PACU Nursing. This program assists graduates with progression in their careers including roles associated with leadership, research and teaching.
What skills do Anaesthetics and PACU Nurses need?
These roles require a unique blend of clinical knowledge and technical skills to assess and manage patient care before, during and after surgery. Within the perioperative setting, anaesthetic and PACU nurses work primarily with the anaesthetist by facilitating and assisting with many types of anaesthesia, airway management, pain management, resuscitation, trauma and crisis management, all incorporated around quality and safe patient centred care. Teamwork, communication, collaboration and effective leadership are integral attributes needed for this role.
What will I learn?
Throughout the course you will consolidate your clinical knowledge base and advance and enhance your skills through comprehensive study in extensive pathophysiological processes with applied systematic patient assessment and management, applied pharmacology, advanced technical skills and identification and management of anaesthetic emergencies. Professional development is further enhanced through comprehensive understanding of legislative and ethical processes aligned with clinical professional practice and leadership decision making.
Recognised by industry
The below course is accredited by the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) [opens an external link] and the Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) [opens an external link].
Subjects within this stream:
- 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice
- 92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing
- 92713 Pathophysiology in Practice
- 92041 Anaesthetic and PACU Nursing