A perioperative nurse is a nurse who provides patient care, manages, teaches, and studies the care of patients undergoing operative or other invasive procedures.
Perioperative nurses are registered nurses who work in hospital surgical departments, day-surgery units, clinics, and physician’s offices. They work closely with the surgical patient, family members, and other healthcare professionals to help plan, implement, and evaluate treatment. As surgical care evolves, so does the role of the registered nurse who assists with patient care in the operating room.
What Does a Perioperative Nurse Do?
-Provides specialized nursing care to patients before, during, and after their surgical and invasive procedures
-Helps plan, implement, and evaluate treatment of the patient
-Acts as a patient advocate for patients undergoing surgical and invasive procedures
-Works closely with all members of the surgical team (Surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical technologist, etc.)
Roles of Perioperative Nurses: Scrub Nurse, Circulating Nurse, Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA), Perioperative Educator. With additional education and experience, perioperative nurses can function as operating room directors, manage budgets, staffing, and other business aspects of the operating room.
What Are the Benefits of Being a Perioperative Nurse?
Good compensation, long-term stability, growing demand, flexible schedules, and jobs available throughout the US.