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You might hire an operating room nurse to:

  • Provide patients with perioperative care before, during, and after surgical procedures

  • Ensure operating rooms are stocked with sterile surgical equipment, linens, and other supplies
  • Assist surgeons during surgical procedures by passing them instruments and other medical equipment

  • Prepare patients for surgery by disinfecting areas to be operated on

Required skills and qualifications
Preferred skills and qualifications
Capability to assess patients prior to surgery and provide them with perioperative care
Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in nursing and valid license relevant to country of employment
Ability to prepare and properly sterilize surgical equipment, linens, and other supplies
Capacity for providing a high level of care under pressure
Extensive knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques
Experience as a nurse providing perioperative care
Comfortability to collaborate with surgeons, surgical teams, and other healthcare specialists
Cool-tempered with emotional stamina
Excellent organizational skills
Strong understanding of patient safety