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 large town in Northern Yorkshire, is the most populated area in the county of Northern Yorkshire. The eastern town, not far from the coast, is found as a somewhat middle ground town, between larger cities such as York and Newcastle. Despite this, Middlesbrough still stands on its own two feet, with its own very successful Middlesbrough Football Club, the naturally beautiful Roseberry Topping, as well as a larger percentage of employees in sectors such as Education and Health, compared to the average percentage for the country as a whole – making it a great place to work as part of a recruitment agency as well.
In addition to the diverse benefits of the town and the various things it has to offer, being such a staple town in Northern Yorkshire, it is unsurprising that travel to Middlesbrough is made easy; the A1(M) and A66 both ease travel around the area, as well as the A19 and A172 both explicitly helping motor travel around the town. The town also includes several train stations, including Thornaby, Middlesbrough and James Cook University Hospital Station. If this wasn’t enough, Teesside Airport is within 20 minutes’ drive of the town as well.