Keen for a fast-paced role in nursing? Perioperative nursing is all about caring for patients undergoing surgical procedures – but it’s not just limited to the operating room.
What is perioperative nursing?
Keen to be part of a dynamic team working in a fast-paced environment, where no two days are ever the same? Perioperative nurses work as a key member of a multidisciplinary team who care for patients during surgical and interventional procedures. Whilst your role may be primarily carried out within an operating theatre, the advanced skills and knowledge gained throughout this course will enable you to work in many other environments eg day surgery centres, interventional radiology units and endoscopic centres. Perioperative nurses play a key role in maintaining safety and high quality of care at all stages of the patient's surgical journey. In addition to supporting patients, you’ll also work closely with their families and carers, helping them navigate the hospital experience and keeping them informed and supported throughout.
Why study perioperative nursing?
Perioperative nursing combines technical and non-technical skills and theoretical knowledge to provide patient-centred care. With a postgraduate qualification in perioperative, you’ll build on your existing clinical skills and theoretical knowledge gained in the perioperative environment.
You will explore the roles and responsibilities of instrument and circulating nurses as an advocate for the patient, together with the knowledge required to undertake the role of care giver to patients undergoing a range of surgical interventions. You will learn about preparing for surgical procedures, applying advanced knowledge of infection prevention and asepsis to ensure patient safety. You will also learn to recognise and respond to the signs of patient deterioration, anaesthetic and surgical emergencies, and expand your understanding of the legal and ethical frameworks and professional standards that underpin this specialist area of practice.
Perioperative nursing is a fast paced dynamic specialty unlike any other. Perioperative nurses have the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment whilst caring for their patients when they are at their most vulnerable.
Lecturer, Coordinator: Perioperative Nursing
What sort of careers can perioperative nursing lead to?
With the advanced practice training in instrument/circulating that is available through this program, you may also be qualified for roles as a nurse educator, clinical nurse consultant, researcher, management positions, perioperative nurse practitioner or Perioperative Nurse Surgeon's Assistant (PNSA). Perioperative nurses work in a range of clinical environments, including hospitals, day surgery units, outpatient centres, medical practices and outreach surgical teams undertaking humanitarian work.
December 2020 - January 2021
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