Intraoperative (Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing)



An intraoperative nurse cares for a patient during surgery and until they are transferred to a post anaesthesia care unit (PACU). Your specialised skills will allow you to implement risk management strategies in the intraoperative context and promote optimal patient outcomes.

As an intraoperative nurse you will likely play one of two pivotal roles: circulating nurse or instrument nurse. Circulating nurses manage conditions within the surgical space as well as ensuring equipment is functioning safely; while monitoring the patient throughout the procedure. As an instrument nurse you will assist the surgeon throughout the procedure by anticipating and providing the required instruments.

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  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

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