Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses work closely with surgeons, anaesthesiologists, nurse anaesthetists, surgical technologists, and nurse practitioners.
This higher diploma program in perioperative nursing offered at the Catherine McAuley Nursing School, aims at imparting the skills required to operate as a perioperative nurse in Kenya.
Perioperative nurses help plan, carry out, and assess treatment for patients undergoing surgery. Working in hospital surgical departments, ambulatory surgery units, clinics, or physicians’ offices, these RNs are involved in the care of patients before, during, and after surgery.
Types of perioperative nurses include the following:
Perioperative nurses may take on other roles, such as operating room business director, clinical educator, or researcher. Advanced practice registered nurses who have completed the appropriate graduate degree can work as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) or surgical nurse practitioners.