You’ll provide high standards of skilled care and support during each phase of a patient’s perioperative care.
Perioperative care can be divided into four phases:
- preoperative (pre-assessment)
- surgical phase
- recovery phase
Theatre nurses can also specialise in a specific area such of perioperative care or rotate through the areas. Rotation is more likely to happen in day surgery.
You’ll work primarily within hospital operating theatres and anaesthetic/recovery areas. You may also be involved with procedures on wards, clinics or in other specialist areas such as cardiac catheterisation units. You’ll work as part of a large team that will include surgeons, anaesthetists, operating department practitioner (ODPs), theatre support workers and porters.
You may also work with healthcare scientists such as audiologists or cardiac physiologists when fitting cochlear implants or pacemakers.
The Skills Required
You'll need to be highly organised, flexible and able to prioritise effectively.
- Highly organised
- Ability to prioritise
- to be able to work in a highly technical area
- an attention to detail
- to concentrate for lengthy periods of time
- very good interpersonal skills
- to adapt to the environment including the potential to stand for long periods and react quickly in an emergency within a confined area
You’ll need to be a registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work as a theatre nurse. After a period of induction you will undertake specialist training including courses to consolidate the specialist skills you'll require to work in theatre.
The small town not far from the city of Gloucester, is located near the Anglo-Welsh border, near south Wales. The town is known for being quite upmarket, which isn’t surprising considering the town is so famous, especially for the grand spectacle that is the yearly horse races that have taken place there annually since 1911. The town has many picturesque locations worth visiting, which includes various parks such as Pittville and the Imperial Gardens. With such a rich and diverse history, several buildings such as the Everyman Theatre, Montpellier District, and Pittville Water Pump all are worth seeing.
Being the tourist hotspot that it is, combined with its success as a town, transport links around Cheltenham are of course well-established. This includes several A-roads such as the A40, and it is within 5 miles of the M5. This is incredibly convenient as Gloucestershire Airport is along the M5, and is similarly less than 5 miles from Cheltenham town. Cheltenham Spa train station also provides an additional means of transport should one be looking for it.