Surgery is a more advanced procedure involved in medical treatment and not all professionals can carry out or assist in surgeries.
All registered nurses cannot assist in surgeries and perioperative nurses are special kind that take care of a patient before, during and after a surgery.
These nurses are specifically trained for surgical procedures and patient care in times of surgical crisis.
These nurses work in surgical departments, ambulatory and mobile surgical facilities, clinics and hospitals.
Types of Perioperative Nurses
There are quite a number of perioperative nurses each having a specific set of work during surgeries. Here is a list of the types,
A scrub nurse has the most important job during a surgery. They are supposed to be sterile (germ-free) and they manage and handle equipment that will be used in the surgery.
They sterilize the equipment and help the operating staff with their gowns, masks and gloves. Moreover, they hand the equipment to the operating staff.
Furthermore, these nurses prepare the operating facility by sterilizing it.
A circulating nurse is present inside the operating facility and manages all the activities being carried out in the theater.
They devise a plan for patient care and handle most of the logistics inside the operating room.
Registered Nurse First Assistance
An RNFA helps the operating staff with surgical activities such as bleeding control and exposed wounds.
What is Perioperative Nursing?
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
This department of perioperative nurses takes care of the patients immediately after the surgical procedure has been carried out.
After completing a bachelor’s degree for “Registered Nursing”, and additional one year of training is needed for perioperative nursing.
Some schools offer electives that can be taken as an alternate to a year of training.
Perioperative Nursing Salary
The average annual salary of nurses who are involved in surgeries are is roughly $91,000.
Moreover, the exact salary depends on what kind of work and the department of the nurse.