We can all agree that nurses work hard enough as it is! So why do some nurses take on extra work to make the shift towards becoming a theatre nurse? I’m going to list three reasons why nurses in different fields take on extra training and education to get into working in surgery as a theatre nurse. Although the salary isn’t to be ignored, these are some of the most appealing non financial reasons why different types of nurses take steps towards becoming a theatre nurse:
Providing Extremely Important Care
If you are a nurse, it goes without saying you care about helping people. All nurses do great work but as a theatre nurse, you get to help some of the patients that require medical care the most. In the operating room, you are providing urgent aid. Most would agree that saving lives is the most rewarding part of nursing and as a theatre nurse you are certainly at the forefront of live saving care.
Often, patients take a lot time to recover with treatments and medications. Working in surgery, you can often see a recovery in your patients from the medical care you provide faster than in other nursing care. Seeing how quickly your procedures become effective on your patients makes it a lot easier for theatre nurses to feel rewarded for their work.
Backbone of Operating Room
If you are a nurse, you obviously enjoy having a lot of responsibility – you’ve chosen to be responsible for people’s health and recovery! That’s why the added responsibility of being a theatre nurse is appealing to so many. Theatre nurses are essential in the operating room. They are an integral part of every surgery and with that comes even more purpose in your career!
Nurses don’t shy away from the issue. They like to make the biggest impact they can with the most important treatments and that’s why working towards becoming a theatre nurse is attractive to so many in nursing. With all this praise of people in the nursing industry, I’d like to remind you of our Celebrate Nurses campaign where we give the public a channel to send their appreciation of nurses in Ireland! Have a look at: https://celebratenurses.ie/
For those interested, a postgraduate diploma in Nursing in the Operating Department is generally a common route towards this career as a theatre nurse. You can learn more about this course here: http://www.rcsi.ie/cat_course_detail.jsp?n=223&p=142&itemID=308