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Operating Theatre Nurse

United Kingdom

Job Summary:

Operating Theatre Nurses play a critical role in ensuring the safety and well-being of patients undergoing surgical procedures. They work alongside surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals in the operating room to provide patient care before, during, and after surgery.


Preoperative Care: Conduct preoperative assessments to evaluate the patient's health status, medical history, and any allergies or contraindications.

Prepare the operating room by ensuring all equipment, instruments, and supplies are sterile and readily available.

Assist in positioning and preparing the patient for surgery, including draping and skin preparation.

Intraoperative Care: Assist the surgical team by handing instruments and supplies to the surgeon and ensuring aseptic technique is maintained.

Monitor the patient's vital signs and provide immediate intervention if any complications arise.

Administer medications and anesthesia as directed by the anesthesiologist.

Postoperative Care:

Transfer the patient to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and continue monitoring their condition.

Assess and manage postoperative pain, nausea, and other potential complications.

Educate patients and their families about postoperative care instructions and recovery expectations.


Maintain accurate and thorough records of all procedures, medications administered, and patient assessments.

Ensure compliance with hospital policies and regulatory requirements.

Team Collaboration:

Collaborate closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical technicians, and other healthcare professionals to ensure a safe and efficient surgical environment.

Communicate effectively with the patient's family to provide updates and address concerns.

Infection Control:

Adhere to strict infection control protocols to prevent surgical site infections and maintain a sterile environment.


  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) or equivalent.
  • Current state nursing license.
  • Certification as a Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) is often preferred.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications may be required.
  • Prior experience in an operating room or surgical setting is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of surgical procedures, aseptic technique, and infection control practices.
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to remain calm and focused in high-stress situations.
  • Physical stamina and dexterity to stand for extended periods and assist with patient positioning.


  • Surgical nursing skills, including instrument handling and aseptic technique.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Effective communication and teamwork.
  • Compassion and empathy for patients and their families.
  • Knowledge of electronic health record systems for documentation.

Operating Theatre Nurses play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and success of surgical procedures. They must possess a strong commitment to patient care, teamwork, and maintaining a sterile and organized surgical environment.

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