Perioperative nursing

Perioperative nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery or interventional procedures.

This video was produced by the Perioperative Unit at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.


Click here to read an article called 'A day in the life of a perioperative nurse' from Austin Health.

Click here to view a presentation 'We are perioperative nurses' from Logan Perioperative Services

Click here to view an interview with Kerrie Ferguson, a  Healthcare Australia Agency Theatre Nurse, and read what Kerrie enjoys about her job, how she finds agency nursing and why her patients are at the centre of her care.

Click here to read an article describing what it's like to work in the private sector from Healthcare Australia.

Perioperative nursing encompasses a range of specialised roles including:

  • anaesthetic nurse
  • circulating nurse
  • instrument nurse
  • nurse educator
  • Nurse Practitioner (Perioperative)
  • nurse researcher
  • Perioperative Nurse Surgeon’s Assistant (PNSA)
  • perioperative nursing management positions
  • Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse
  • pre-admission and day surgery nurses.

Click here for more information about careers in perioperative nursing and these roles.