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
At Trust Nurse Services, we are actively seeking experienced Theatre Nurses of all areas' to join our growing team. We have work available all across the UK so take at a look at our Active Work Available or call our team on 01438 419150 to discuss suitable work opportunities that are specific to you and your needs.