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What Does a Surgical Nurse Do?

A Surgical Nurse, also known as a Perioperative Nurse, provides care to patients before, during, and after surgery. They have a multifaceted role that includes preparing patients for surgery, assisting during the operation, and providing postoperative care. Before surgery, they’re responsible for educating patients about the procedure, answering questions, and ensuring consent forms are signed. In the operating room, they may function as a Scrub Nurse, handling instruments, or as a Circulator, managing the overall nursing care and maintaining a sterile environment.

Post-surgery, Surgical Nurses monitor patients for complications, manage pain, and help with the patient’s initial recovery. They also provide information on post-surgical care and recovery before discharge.

Surgical Nurses work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, ambulatory or day surgery centers, and specialized surgical facilities. They must have a strong understanding of surgical procedures and the ability to work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment. Their role is crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of surgical patients.

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