Pre-Operative Nurse Career Guide

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A Pre-Operative (Pre-OP) RN plays a crucial role in the surgical process by preparing patients for their procedures. They ensure that patients are mentally and physically ready for surgery, gather essential medical information and address any concerns. Pre-OP nurses provide emotional support, administer medications, and collaborate with the surgical team to ensure a safe and smooth transition into


To become a Pre-OP RN, one must first complete a nursing degree program, such as an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After graduation, passing the NCLEX-RN exam is necessary to obtain nursing licensure. Many hospitals and healthcare facilities may also require additional certifications related to perioperative

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Related certifications

To excel as a Pre-OP RN, candidates should demonstrate strong communication skills, empathy and attention to detail. Experience in surgical or perioperative nursing is beneficial, as it provides familiarity with surgical procedures, protocols and patient care.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Pre-Operative RNs need a blend of technical and interpersonal skills to succeed in this specialty. They must possess extensive knowledge of surgical procedures, pre-operative assessments and medications. Effective communication is essential to interact with patients, families and the surgical team, ensuring that everyone is informed and comfortable with the process. Attention to detail is crucial

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The primary responsibilities of a Pre-Operative RN include reviewing patients' medical history, conducting pre-operative assessments and verifying consent for surgery. They prepare patients physically for surgery by starting intravenous lines, administering medications and ensuring the patient follows pre-operative fasting guidelines. Pre-OP nurses also address any questions or concerns the patient may have, easing anxiety and ensuring they are mentally prepared

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Pre-Operative Nurse

The average salary for a Pre-Operative Nurse is $2,203.35 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Pre-Operative RN offers several benefits. The role allows for direct involvement in the surgical process, and the opportunity to provide emotional support to patients and their families during a critical time. Pre-OP nurses work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists and other healthcare professionals, expanding their knowledge and skills. Additionally, the demand for perioperative nurses is steady, offering job security.


Pre-Operative Nurse Jobs

View job details for Corvallis, ORTravel ContractCorvallis, ORTravel Nurse RN - PreoperativeHost Healthcare$3,312/wk
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View job details for Seattle, WATravel ContractSeattle, WATravel Nurse RN - PreoperativeHost Healthcare$2,596/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for Oklahoma City, OKTravel ContractOklahoma City, OKTravel Nurse RN - PreoperativeHost Healthcare$2,567/wk
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View job details for Seattle, WATravel ContractSeattle, WATravel Nurse RN - PreoperativeCross Country Nurses$2,330/wkEstimated pay package
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