Prepping nurses for the future

WSLHD perioperative registered nurses.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) nurses caring for patients prior surgery (known as perioperative) have designed an orientation workshop for new nurses.

This workshop aims to enhance the skills of staff working in Anaesthetics and Post Anaesthesia Recovery Unit or Intraoperative (Instrument and Circulating) nursing roles.

The program supports nurses completing the Transition to Practice (TPP) and Transition to Perioperative Practice (T2P) programs as well as provides learning opportunities for staff from Westmead Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) and Imaging services.

Westmead Hospital Anaesthetics and Perioperative Medicine acting director Dr Mark Priestly said nurses play a valuable role in this complex area as they need to be appropriately skilled and prepared at all times.

“The workshop will provide nurses with essential skills to care for patients undergoing procedures, anaesthesia or sedation both inside and outside the operating suite, Dr Priestly said.

“Perioperative nursing attracts staff who want to work with critically unwell patients who are having complex procedures and a desire for advocacy and patient safety.

“At the completion of the workshop nurses will have the opportunity for subspecialisation and further professional development or postgraduate programs.”

For further information about the workshop, contact WSLHD nurse educator (perioperative) Jennifer Lohan at