How to become a theatre nurse

Updated March 23, 2017

A career as a theatre nurse, also known as a surgical nurse, is one of the most difficult and rewarding roles in the nursing industry. The duties of this job include working with the patient and their family before and after surgery as well as assisting the surgeon during the actual operation. This is a career that requires a lot of medical skill as well as people skills and empathy. If you are interested in entering this rewarding field, there are several steps you must take in order to become qualified.

Complete high school, your GED or equivalent. Since higher education is needed to become a theatre nurse, you will need to make sure you have earned your high school degree. You can help your chances of getting into a good nursing school by taking a variety of science and mathematics classes.

Enter a nursing programme. In order to become a surgical nurse you will need to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. This is typically a four-year degree programme.

Pass your state's nurse certification exam. Each state has a specific exam required of nurses, so find the requirements of the certification test in your state and prepare for it accordingly. Passing this test will allow you to work as a nurse in your state.

Find a job as a nurse and gain work experience. Most states will not let you become a theatre nurse until you have proven yourself to be an experienced RN. Emergency room experience is helpful for teaching you how to work quickly and make split-second decisions.

Take the Certified Nurses for the Operating Room (C.N.O.R.) exam. This is the final exam that will give you the proper certification to work as a theatre nurse.

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