What Does a Perioperative Nurse Do?
A Perioperative Nurse, often known as a Surgical Nurse, is involved in the care of surgical patients before, during, and after surgery. In the preoperative phase, they prepare patients for surgery, which may include conducting health assessments, providing education about the upcoming procedure, and planning for postoperative needs. During surgery, they may assist as a Scrub Nurse, directly helping the surgeon, or as a Circulating Nurse, managing the overall nursing care in the operating room and ensuring a safe, sterile environment.
After the procedure, Perioperative Nurses continue their care in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), monitoring patients as they recover from anesthesia, assessing their condition, managing pain, and providing support and education to patients and their families for the recovery period ahead.
These nurses are critical members of the surgical team, with a focus on maintaining sterility, ensuring the use of proper surgical instruments, and monitoring the patient’s condition throughout the surgical process. Their role is essential for the successful outcome of surgical procedures and the optimal recovery of patients.