What is perioperative nursing?
Perioperative nurses provide care for patients before and during surgery or interventional procedures, from the moment they have decided to have surgery until being wheeled into the room (preoperative phase) and during the surgery (intraoperative phase). Perioperative nursing includes a variety of roles, some of which may be completed by the same individual and of which titles may be used interchangeably between different hospitals and settings, including but not limited to aesthetic nurse, circulating nurse, instrument nurse and RN First Assistant.
Why study perioperative nursing?
Our postgraduate program in this specialty area is designed for nurses who wish to function as expert clinicians in the perioperative setting. Graduates are able to lead and advocate for optimal care of patients within an interdisciplinary perioperative team.
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
Recognised by industry
The below course is accredited by the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) [opens an external link].
Subjects within this stream:
- 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice
- 92044 Core Concepts in Perioperative Nursing
- 92713 Pathophysiology in Practice
- 92045 Instrument and Circulating Nursing