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​Theatre Nurse / Scrubs Nurse / Recovery Nurse Jobs

Role overview

Theatre nurses work with patients of all ages and primarily within hospital operating theatres and anaesthetic/recovery areas. They may also be involved with certain procedures on wards, clinics or in other specialist areas such as cardiac catheterisation units.

Preoperative phase

During the preoperative assessment, you’ll make sure a patient is fully informed about the risks and benefits of the operation and that that they are in a good state of health for surgery. You’ll provide information about the operation and give the patient the opportunity to ask questions. This also reduces the risk of a late cancellation and resources being wasted.

Anaesthetic phase

During this phase, you’ll primarily support the anaesthetist but also prepare any specialist equipment, devices and drugs. You’ll also assess the patient immediately prior to the surgery.

Surgical phase

You’ll be responsible for a number of roles during the surgical phase including:

  • preparing all the necessary complex instruments and equipment including microscopes,lasers and endoscopes

  • working with the surgeon to provide instruments, needles, swabs and other materials as required 

  • responsibility for the surgical instruments, equipment and swabs 

  • act as a link between the surgical team and other parts of the theatre and hospital.

Recovery phase

Following the operation, you’ll:

  • offer the patient care and support upon arrival on the post anaesthetic care unit

  • monitor the patient's health

  • providing appropriate care and treatment until the patient has recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia and/or surgery

  • assess the patient to ensure they can be discharged back to a ward

  • assess the care given during each of the perioperative phases

Required Qualifications

  • Current APRHA

  • Experience in Theatre Nurse / Scrubs Nurse / Recovery Nurse

  • Degree?

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