National Perioperative Nurses Week

 L-R Calvary St Vincent’s perioperative nurses Gloria Snadden and Laura Strochnetter

This week 9-16 October Calvary is proud to celebrate National Perioperative Nurses Week, in recognition of the valuable role our perioperative nurses play in delivering quality care.

Perioperative nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery or interventional procedure and perform a range of specialised roles including, but not limited to:

  • Preoperative patient assessment and education nurse
  • Anaesthetic nurse
  • Circulating nurse (scout)
  • Instrument nurse (scrub)
  • Post Anaesthesia Care Unit nurse (recovery)
  • Perioperative Nurse Surgeon’s Assistant (PNSA)
  • Nurse practitioners.

Perioperative nursing is a rewarding profession, says Laura Strochnetter, a Registered Nurse and 1st year graduate with Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital in Launceston. “I’ve been here now for nine months and am greatly enjoying the opportunity to experience something new every day and learn so many new skills from amazing nurses and doctors.”


Gloria Snadden, a Registered Nurse at St Vincent’s, says “I’ve been with St Vincent’s for 13 years this time – my 3rd time around – and I enjoy my role immensely and love engaging with the new grads.”


Calvary has more than 640 perioperative nurses nationally across 12 operating hospitals. Perioperative nurses account for roughly half of Calvary’s Registered Nurse population.


Perioperative Nurse Week is an initiative of the Australasian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN).

For more information about Registered Nurse theatre positions and other job opportunities visit Calvary Careers – Current Vacancies