The Perioperative Nurse Surgeon's Assistant (PNSA) is a nurse who has undertaken additional education and mentoring to learn skills to be an assistant to the surgeon. This role provides a high level of autonomy and a high level of job satisfaction. In the intra-operative phase the PNSA provides support to both the patient and the perioperative team. The role may also involve preoperative patient assessment and post-operative patient follow-up. Working in close consultant with a specific surgeon, the PNSA:
• meets and assesses patients prior to surgery
• provides support and patient education
• ensures that preoperative screening and relevant testing has been completed
• ensures a smooth admission for the upcoming procedure.
Knowledge and skills
The PNSA needs to be a highly knowledgeable and skilled perioperative nurse with excellent assessment, communication, problem solving and critical analysis skills. A PNSA practices under the supervision of the surgeon for all intra-operative practice.
This role is suitable for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a postgraduate degree in perioperative nursing. PNSA education is offered as part of a master’s degree as well as specialist PNSA single subjects for those who have previously completed a master’s degree. PNSA students require the engagement of a surgeon mentor and supervisor.
La Trobe University offers a specific PSNA course Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant (PNSA), Courses and degrees, Short courses, La Trobe University. For further information about this course please contact the Postgraduate Course Coordinator (Perioperative Care) Cathy Dean via email: firstname.lastname@example.org