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Theatre Nurse

Provide nursing care for patients undergoing surgical and non-surgical procedures as part of a perioperative surgical team.

What's it like to be a Theatre Nurse?

Theatre Nurses (also referred to as Perioperative Nurses) are Registered Nurses who are part of a perioperative surgical team.

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Theatre Nurses usually provide care in four areas of care: preoperative (pre-assessment), anaesthetics, surgical phase and recovery phase.

Theatre Nurses often have a specific area of responsibility, such as working in the holding bay, supporting the anaesthetist, acting as a scrub nurse or being responsible post-recovery. Some Theatre Nurses may have to work in more than one of these roles during a particular procedure.

What can I earn as a Theatre Nurse?

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How to become a Theatre Nurse


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To work as a Theatre Nurse you will need to be a Registered Nurse. The most common way to become a registered nurse is to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree.

  1. Ensure you are a Registered Nurse. Then undertake a qualification in theatre nursing, such as a Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing, or a Master of Nursing.
  2. Ensure that you are registered an appropriate board (such as the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia) and meet their registration standards to be able to practice professionally.
  3. Theatre nurses who want to further their careers can look to become a director of nursing or an executive director of nursing.

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Latest Theatre Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 9 Theatre Nurses surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Theatre Nursing requires a special breed of people with an exceptional amount of patience.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Trauma
The good things
You never stop learning each and everyday. More job oppurtunity.
The challenges
Working with people that sometimes treat you less of a person.
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Oct 2018
Perioperative nursing is a tough gig.. but once you try it.. there is no going back
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Theatre gynaecology
The good things
Lots of variety in work, generally no heavy lifting, close knit team environment, job satisfaction, you need to be organized
The challenges
The hours are long. A 10 hour shift is normal before the overtime. The upside is as a full timer you get a day off a week. It can be stressful at times, it’s a close environment and you get blamed for...
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