Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Specialist Nurses

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About the course

The healthcare services provided by the NHS today are dynamic and challenging, and nurses with advanced clinical skills are often required to provide care and interventions that resemble those performed by junior clinicians and junior surgeons. This two-day course is suitable for trained nurses who wish to develop a career within the NHS as a Surgical Nurse Practitioner, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Surgical First Assistant, a Physician Assistant or a Physician Associate.

This course will offer the delegate an overview of the essential principles, core concepts, and fundamental skills pertinent to the above surgical roles. It predominantly comprises hands-on training using animal tissue, which is interspersed with structured and focused teaching on the basics of operative surgery.

With a high tutor-to-delegate ratio, this course will equip the delegate with the surgical skills that are expected of a surgical nurse.

The topics covered include:

1. Aseptic Precautions in the Operating Theatre

2. Scrubbing and Handwashing Technique

3. Closed Method of Gowning and Gloving

4. Surgical Knot-Tying (Reef; Surgeon's; Tying at Depth; Instrument Tie)

5. Correct Handling of Common Surgical Instruments and Disposing Sharps

6. Basics of Surgical Sutures and Surgical Needles

7. Pharmacology of Local Anaesthesia and its Safe Infiltration

8. Suturing Techniques (Interrupted; Continuous; Subcuticular; Vertical and Horizontal Mattress)

9. Figure of '8' Haemostatic Stitch and Ligating a Blood Vessel

10. Excision of a Simulated Cutaneous Lesion and Closure

11. Removal of a Simulated Epidermoid Cyst

12. Principles of Draining an Abscess

13. Principles of Debriding a Contaminated Wound

14. Methods of Securing a Surgical Wound Drain

15. Methods of Managing a Surgical Wound and Wound Dressings

16. Principles and Methods of Closing a Surgical Wound

17. Key Concepts in Effective Surgical Assisting

18. Basic Principles of Surgical Diathermy

19. Overview of Laparoscopic Surgery

20. Simulated Laparoscopic Exercises

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