- A registered nurse (RN) who works in the operating room is known as a perioperative nurse. This trained nurse, often known as a surgical or operating room nurse, looks for patients before, during, and after surgery.
- The perioperative nurse may work as a scrub nurse in the operating room, selecting and passing tools and supplies for the procedure, or as a circulating nurse, overseeing overall nursing care in the operating room and ensuring a safe, comfortable atmosphere.
The scope of work
Perioperative nurses support surgeons and surgical teams in caring for patients before, during, and after surgery by using a complete, multidisciplinary approach.
A perioperative nurse’s specific roles and duties include:
- Prior to surgery, assisting patients with paperwork, answering concerns, and calming fears regarding surgery.
- Keeping an eye on a patient’s health before, during, and after surgery.
- During an operation, selecting and handing instruments and supplies to the surgeon (sometimes referred to as a scrub nurse)
- Managing the operating room’s total nursing care to ensure a safe and comfortable environment (sometimes referred to as a circulating nurse)
- Educating patients on the best ways to heal, such as pain management and wound care
- Surgical instruments and operating rooms must be cleaned and that is done by preoperative nurses.
perioperative nursing – Working environment
- Nurses who work in operating rooms, outpatient centers, and doctors’ offices are known as perioperative nurses. Patients of all ages, surgeons and other members of the surgical team come into touch with perioperative nurses on a regular basis.
- Perioperative nurses frequently work with new patients every day and do not typically build long-term connections with them. Because of the nature of the job, the work atmosphere can be stressful, but many nurses find it to be a fulfilling experience.
Prerequisites for higher education
Everyone’s journey to becoming a perioperative nurse is unique, however, most contain the following steps:
- Obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree,
- Passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
- Work experience as a registered nurse (R.N.)
- Completing a perioperative nurse certification program