Surgical Nursing: Principles – The Clinic & Principles – The Patient 


Day 1 - Principles – The Clinic

The surgical nurse is an essential part of the surgical team. A good working knowledge of both surgical principles and equipment is essential to ensure surgical asepsis and safety to both the patient and surgical personnel. This module will cover all of the surgical principles and review surgical asepsis, sterilisation and surgical personnel preparation techniques. The range of surgical instrumentation and equipment has increased in recent years and is now more easily accessible; this module will introduce you to its use and maintenance.

Day 2 - Principles – The Patient

The success of a surgical procedure depends primarily on good planning and the awareness of potential patient risk factors. The surgical nurse is an integral part of the surgical team. This module will give you the background understanding and knowledge of the importance of pre-surgical assessment and patient preparation. With the background knowledge of disease pathophysiology and surgical techniques this module will give you the confidence to nurse the peri-operative patient.


Day 1 - Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how hospital layout affects the running of a clinic in relation to infection control
  • Understand the importance of the use of hospitalisation sheets and be able to fill one in correctly.
  • Distinguish between the terms of disinfection and sterilization and how these techniques are implemented within the surgical & hospital setting.
  • Have an overview of theatre set-up, maintenance and the importance of surgical traffic etiquette.
  • Gain knowledge of the importance of the appropriate selection, preparation, storage and usage of equipment in theatre including surgical instruments and drapes.
  • Demonstrate aseptic techniques when assisting in surgery either as scrub assistant or as a non-sterile assistant through appropriate hand preparation, gowning and gloving
  • Appreciate the importance of surgical Health & Safety. Be able to identify potential risks and hazards within the surgical setting and have the knowledge of how to reduce these risks.
  • Know how hospital acquired infections are obtained and spread, as well as the different types of infection.
  • Includes a practical session.

Day 2 - Key Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of patient pre-surgical assessment and be able to identify which technique is most appropriate.
  • Select the appropriate patient preparation technique and positioning required for specific surgical procedures.
  • Be able to explain the importance of nursing care plans and their use in the pre and post-operative surgical patient.
  • Obtain knowledge of the role of nutrition in the surgical patient, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of both enteral and parenteral administration and how to manage these cases in the clinic.
  • Appreciate the importance of client communication in relation to a hospitalised patient
  • Includes case discussion and nutritional calculations


Comprehensive course notes, lunch and refreshments on each day.

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