Theatre Nurse / Scrubs Nurse / Recovery Nurse Jobs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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