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Surgical Nurse Courses

Surgical Nurses are qualified RNs who have undertaken specialist training. They provide nursing support and care to surgery patients before, during, and after their procedure. In Australia, Surgical Nurses are sometimes known as perioperative nurses.

As a Surgical Nurse you could be explaining the fasting requirements to a patient, preparing the operating theatre before surgery, marking off a pre-op checklist, handing tools to the surgeon, taking the core vital signs of a patient after surgery, updating the family about the condition of a patient in emergency surgery, or writing up patient notes and recording in the database.

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Popular Surgical Nurse Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Surgical Nurse.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Surgical Nurses earn?

The average salary for registered nurses in Australia, (including Surgical Nurses) is $1,937 per week ($100,724 per annum). Increase your earning capacity by undertaking post-graduate qualifications in clinical nursing, perianaesthesia nursing, and critical care nursing.

What are the job opportunities for Surgical Nurses?

There are 19,100 Surgical Nurses currently working in Australia. They are employed by hospitals and specialist medical centres that provide surgical procedures.

How do I become a Surgical Nurse?

To become a Surgical Nurse you must complete a Bachelor of Nursing, then apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Once you are a qualified Registered Nurse (RN) you should complete a post-graduate qualification in surgical nursing such as the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Surgical) or Graduate Diploma of Perioperative Nursing.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

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