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Registered Nurses (Perioperative) provide nursing care to patients before, during and immediately after surgery, assess patients' condition, plan nursing care for surgical intervention, maintain a safe and comfortable environment, assist Surgeons and Anaesthetists during surgery, and monitor patients' recovery from anaesthetic, prior to return to, or discharge from, ward.


  • assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients
  • provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans
  • promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

To become a Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Perioperative).

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  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Perioperative

  • Communication Skills

  • Anaesthesiology

  • Surgery

  • Patient Care

  • Midwifery

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