To provide nursing care in the Operating Department and as a skilled member
of the Theatre team.
To act as the scrubbed or circulating nurse during surgical procedures.
The staff nurse may carry out duties of Senior Nurse in her absence.
As a Registered Nurse has responsibilities involving the storage, checking and
administration of drugs.
Providing nursing care for patients within the Operating Department.
Performing Operating Department work in accordance with agreed policy, e.g.
Participating as a Scrubbed member of the Theatre team and carrying
out safety checks of swabs, instruments and needles, in conjunction
with a second nurse and reporting on the same to the surgeon.
Acting as a circulating member of the Theatre team.
Assisting with other members of the team in the preparation and
cleaning of Theatres.
Assisting in the compilation of the Theatre register.
Labelling and despatch of laboratory specimens to recovery area.
Providing assistance to the Anaesthetic and Surgeon as required.
Checking, witnessing and administering controlled and scheduled
Co-operating with appropriate Departmental and Ward staff in
sending for patients to the Operating Department.
Advising Senior nurse or Theatre manager of proposed changes in the
order of the operating lists.
Participating in the supervision of junior staff.
Discussing departmental policies and developing and discussing new procedures with Theatre Manager. Communicating policy changes to relevant staff.
Assisting in the compilation of procedure manuals.
Ensuring that appropriate stock levels are maintained in the Operating
Reporting to Theatre Manager or senior nurse, incidents of accidents,
complaints, defects in drugs, supplies or equipment.
Participating in trials of new equipment and supplies and evaluation and
serviceability of existing equipment.
Assisting when required in bacteriological investigations in the Operating
Assisting medical and para-medical staff from other departments with
procedures carried out in the Operating Department as required.
Carrying out duties of senior nurse in her absence.
Participating in any duties involved with the care of patients, and the smooth.
running of the hospital, which are not specifically laid down in the document or any
duties you may be required to carry out as requested by the Nursing Services.
Manager or Hospital Manager.