Surgery has become an essential component of health care. It is often the case that surgery is the only process that can alleviate disability and reduce risk for common diseases.

In this context, a nurse within a surgical team, plays a fundamental role in contributing to the success of the surgery undertaken and therefore in the patient's recuperation. However, in order for nurses to carry out this role effectively, they need specific training that has been planned and adapted to new circumstances, providing professionals with specific skills for curing surgery patients throughout the perioperative process, applying criteria of quality and safety.

For over a century now, surgery nursing has been accompanying patients and providing care and attention to them. Obviously, its role has changed, growing in a way that parallels that of the nursing and surgery professions in general.

We support the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses' definition of a perioperative nurse as one who accompanies the surgery patient throughout the perioperative process (pre-, intra- and postoperative phases) of a surgical intervention or of an invasive process having the basic purpose of ensuring the patient's safety through four domains:
- The ability to create and maintain a physically safe environment
- The ability to create and maintain a physiological safety
- The ability to learn how to handle the surgical procedure for the patient and family
- The ability to maintain the patient's rights and values as an individual.

All theoretical and practical knowledge provided is structured around these four basic ambits that are essential for carrying out nursing roles and functions responsibly within the perioperative field.


- Define and analyse nursing responsibilities in the perioperative area to be able to act efficiently and effectively in the organisation of the nursing team in the area of surgery while making good use of resources and knowledge.

- Draw up, apply and evaluate nursing care plans taking into account the needs of the surgery patient and their family.

- Demonstrate an appropriate attitude and ability in carrying out the techniques and procedures for caring for surgery patients using criteria of responsibility and safety.

- Develop specific roles of instrumentation, coordination and patient care in the anaesthesia process.

Access requirements

- Holders of a Nursing Diploma wishing to develop their professional activity within the area of surgery.

- Holders of a Nursing Diploma currently working in surgical and resuscitation units and who wish to compensate for lack of training.

- Interest in the professionalisation of perioperative nursing.

- The wish to work with professionals making up surgery unit/service teams.

- Interest in analysing and reflecting on current practice in perioperative nursing in order to carry out proposals for and participation in quality improvement in surgery-patient care.

Career opportunities

- Form a part of surgery teams, either for surgical interventions or for other invasive procedures
- Lead nursing consultations offering comprehensive care to surgery patients
- Sterilisations services
- Hospitalisation and Post-Anaesthesia Recovery Units for in-patients or CMA


Secretaria EUI

Phone: 935537833



UAB-specific Master's Degree

10 Edition
Places: 45
Orientation: Professional
Code: 1822/10
Price: 3300 §

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Modality: Onsite
Location: E.U. d'Infermeria de l'Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau, C. Sant Antoni M. Claret, 167 (Barcelona)
Dates: from 26/09/2017 to 31/05/2018
Teaching language:
Catalan (75%), Spanish (25%)
Coordinating centres:
Escuela Universitaria de EnfermerŪa del Hospital de la Santa Cruz y de San Pablo

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