Learn to specialise in perioperative and perianaesthetic nursing. Perioperative nursing requires advanced skills, knowledge and attributes in ensuring a safe surgical and anaesthetic experience through the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative environment.
I chose to complete this course to expand my knowledge of operating theatre practices and further develop my skills in leadership and management. This in turn has enabled me to better care for my patients.
Master of Nursing Practice (Perioperative Nursing)
Advance your career
Our teaching approach ensures you develop skills in critical thinking, high-quality patient care delivery, teamwork and communication – all attributes highly valued in intensive and critical care units.
Choosing the right course
If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.
Are you new to this area of study?
If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course in nursing before moving on to our specialised postgraduate program.
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Are you working or studying in this area?
Deakin’s range of postgraduate nursing specialty practice areas includes cardiac care, intensive care, emergency care, critical care and perioperative nursing and can be undertaken through the Master of Nursing Practice.
Perioperative nursing courses
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Research with us
We have a strong research culture and extensive partnerships with major health care providers. Our School of Nursing and Midwifery also hosts the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS), whose research activities contribute to the government’s health reform agenda.
Recent research at Deakin
Medication safety in the perioperative period: the impact of perioperative factors on chronic medication compliance and consequent prevalence of postoperative complications
Dr Patricia Nicholson, Professor Elizabeth Manias, Dr Snezana Kusljic, A/Prof Bernhard Riedel, Dr Jason Chou, Mr Senthil Lingaratnam and Ms Janelle Penno.
Factors associated with the development of pressure injuries (PIs) in surgical patients: a retrospective cohort study
Dr P Nicholson, Ms Chris Hunter, Prof N Santamaria and Mr J Spillane.
Who we work with
The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver the Master of Nursing Practice.
Students undertaking our postgraduate courses are normally employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of the course while undertaking the theoretical learning at Deakin.
The perioperative nursing course aims to prepare graduates to practise effectively at an advanced practice level in operating rooms and post anaesthesia care units.
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