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.
Rossington is a civil parish and former mining village in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire and is surrounded by countryside and the market towns of Bawtry and Tickhill.
Named in Anglo-Saxon meaning 'Farm on the Moor', Roman remains have been found in Rossington. Before Henry VII it was in Nottinghamshire and is made up of a number of hamlets and villages. The expansion in this area came with the growth of the Rossington Main Colliery in the mid-twentieth century. This brought jobs and people to Rossington but the decline of the industry hit the area hard. Today, there has been a lot of money invested in regeneration and it is growing.
Just off the A638 and M18, Rossington boasts easy access around Yorkshire and nearby towns and cities. Doncaster is just 5.2 miles away and that is also where the nearest train station is found. Robin Hood airport is less than 10 minutes by car.