Flexi Online CPD

Theatre Nursing – Flexi CPD

£155.00 Ex VAT

Type:  Flexi CPD (converted from a tutored course)
Start:  On-demand / Unlimited Lifetime Access
CPD:    8 hours (UK), 8 points (AUS, NZ)
Level:  Introduction / Intermediate




This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice


Module 1

Preparing for Surgery
  • Organisation of rooms and equipment in the theatre area
  • Scheduling and planning surgical caseload
  • Infection control related to the surgical theatre
  • Preparation of the patient for surgery

Learning objectives
After completion of this module, participants should be able to:


  • Understand the basics of infection control in the operating theatre
  • Identify the correct order of surgical procedures based on availability of equipment, personnel and rooms
  • Prepare the patient for a range of procedures, including preparation of skin, eyes and mucous membranes
  • Develop infection control protocols relating to procedure in their own practice

Module 2

The Theatre Nurse’s Role
  • Circulating nurse duties
  • Preparing the surgical team
  • Surgical hand preparation
  • Scrub nurse role

Learning objectives
After completion of this module, participants should be able to:


  • Understand the key qualities and requirements for the circulating nurse and scrub nurse roles
  • Identify the correct products and techniques for an effective surgical hand preparation and be able to demonstrate those
  • Choose appropriate protocols for the preparation of the surgical team
  • Correctly position patients for a range of surgical procedures

Module 3

Instrumentation and Sterilisation
  • Common surgical instrumentation
  • Taking care of your instruments and equipment
  • What happens after surgery!
  • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation

Learning objectives
After completion of this module, participants should be able to:


  • Identify common surgical instruments and understand their use
  • Develop the skills to take apart and reassemble surgical equipment for the cleaning process
  • Understand the key sterilisation techniques used in veterinary medicine

Module 4

Bringing it all Together – Surgical Skills for Nurses
  • Suture material – what to use and when??
  • Common suture patterns
  • Surgical skills
  • Developing the surgical nurse’s role in practice

Learning objectives
After completion of this module, participants should be able to:


  • Identify properties of suture material and understand how that helps guide the choice of which one to use
  • Demonstrate common surgical suture patterns that could be performed by a veterinary nurse
  • Understand relevant surgical skills for veterinary nurses and how these can benefit your practice


The course will be available immediately following purchase, with unlimited lifetime access and will provide a total of 8 hours of CPD (UK), or 8 points (Australia and New Zealand).

Release date: June 2024 (converted from a tutored course)

3 reviews for Theatre Nursing – Flexi CPD

  1. Heather Keir

    Really worthwhile course. Great information to take back and share with my colleagues in practice.

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  2. Megan Goldsbrough

    Great. Very informative. Good refresher material. Really enjoyed the crossword puzzles, something different.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified < 2 years - UK)

  3. Helen Petchey

    Course was very informative full of information and materials to print and read to expand knowledge.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified <2 years - UK)

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Alison Young DipAVN (Surgical), VTS (Surgery) RVN
Head Theatre Nurse, Royal Veterinary College


Alison qualified as a veterinary nurse whilst working at a small practice in Hertfordshire. She joined the Queen Mother Hospital in 2001 as a general surgery nurse and worked rotating through all areas of the hospital. In 2003 she joined the theatre nursing team and studied for the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) where she gained the highest marks for that year. Alison gained the VTS (Surgery) in 2015 and is Head Theatre Nurse at the Royal Veterinary College.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 8 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 8 CPD points.


CPD Hours

This online course is worth 8 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be immediately registered to attend the course, with unlimited lifetime access.  The course will consist of four modules, where each module provides 2 hours of CPD, in the form of a tutorial, a quiz and also a selection of further reading journals, articles or book chapters.


The course is completely flexible, where all the learning resources are provided immediately – it is designed for you to complete one module per week, but it is completely up to you, how and when you decide to complete the course. You have unlimited lifetime access to all the supportive learning materials, and once you have completed the whole course, a certificate will be automatically generated.


Looking for some further information? – please have a look at our Flexi Online CPD Courses – PDF Guide


This course has been listed as ‘Introduction / Intermediate’ level


All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!


The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:


– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice


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