Question about perioperative nursing

  1. Hello

    I'm wondering, what does being a perioperative nurse involve? Do you ONLY work in Operating rooms, assisting surgeons etc?

    What are the general responsibilites, and duties you perform?

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  3. by   meandragonbrett
    Generally Perioperative nurses are nurses that work in the Preop\Holding area and also work in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU aka Recovery Room).

    Holding nurses help to get patients ready for surgery. It varies from instituition to institution on what is done, but many get IVs started, give any preop meds, make sure labs and paper work are done, etc.

    PACU nurses take care of patients right after they leave the operating room in a monitored environment. At some institutions, the pt can be extubated per anesthesia protocol by th RN. PACU RNs also deal with getting pain under control. PACU RNs work very closely with anesthesia staff.

    If you have any more questions, let us know!
  4. by   Chrislynn2003
    Periop nurses do work in the OR. They can be circulating nurses or sometimes scrub nurses, dealing with instruments.
  5. by   cwazycwissyRN
    In our facility, peri-op nurse incompasses nurses that work in pre op, same day, post op, endo or the operating room. (pre op, intra op, and post op=peri op Guess that varies from facility to facility.