Role Overview - Surgical/Medical Nurse Jobs
A surgical nurse provides pre-op and post-op care, assists doctors throughout a surgery, perform set-up of instrumentation, help with surgical procedures, and is responsible for a patient care before, during and after an operation.
Surgical/Medical nurses are registered nurses who provide care for patients during the times surrounding a surgical procedure or operation. The most common tasks within surgery are;
Working directly with a surgeon during an operation, readying and handing instruments to surgeons and helping to monitor the patient's condition
Working inside the sterile field of the operating room, which means they must wear sterile surgical scrubs and must wash their hands and arms with special disinfectants
Observing, managing an operation holistically to foster a positive experience for the patient prior to and during the operation
Bringing the patient to the operating area. These nurses are responsible for monitoring the patient's condition during an operation to ensure the best possible results
Aids doctors during surgery. Task commonly include regulating bleeding, cutting and handling human tissues, suturing wounds and using medical instruments on patients for various tasks
Responsibilities and Skills
Patients with acute to chronic diseases needing management
Patients with diverse admitting diagnosis and not limited to a single body system.
Patients with complex and multiple comorbidities
Patients and their families
Surgical/Medical nurses must be able coordinate, organise, and prioritise complex multiple client assignment
Competent and knowledgeable in guiding patients and their families from the challenges that come along with the complex health care system
Surgical/Medical nurses must integrate discharge planning into the patient’s daily care
Must be able to collaborate with other members of the health care team
Ability to learn the use of technology, including new medical innovations
Capability to integrate research in relation to a diverse care needs
Integrate the best practice guidelines in relation to diverse clinical situations
Advocate for ethical, quality, and safe work setting
Generally, the Surgical Medical nurse is the most highly trained member of the nursing staff inside an operating theatre.
Minimum of 2 years acute nursing experience
Strong patient care focus
Ability to achieve high quality clinical outcomes
Further Mandatory Requirements
National Police Clearance
Two clinical referees
Must have appropriate working rights in Australia (Unfortunately Visa Sponsorship cannot be supported)
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