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Day surgery nursing

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change without notice.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed to provide the fundamentals of day surgery nursing and is recommended for novice and experienced nurses working in day surgery/endoscopy environments.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.



RN member $187.50EN member $153.50
RN non-member $219.50EN non-member $186.00

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • analyse standards and guidelines relevant to day surgery nursing
  • identify relevant Occupational Health and Safety issues and manage risks
  • discuss Australian Council Healthcare Standards (ACHS) clinical indicators
  • discuss the planning of a thorough admission process, preoperative clinical assessments, patient and family education, and discharge
  • determine the needs of clients undergoing day surgery procedures
  • evaluate pain management strategies
  • utilise discharge planning tools
  • discuss the significance of documentation and post-discharge follow-up.

Program outline




Welcome and introduction


Day surgery – are we pushing the boundaries?

  • overview 
  • quality in the day surgery


Morning tea


The day surgery environment

  • standards and guidelines for day surgery environments
  • legal aspects of patient identification, consent, discharge
  • patient education
  • common operative procedures in day surgery 
  • preadmission and admission processes in the preadmission clinics


OH&S – risk management




Postoperative requirements

  • analgesia
  • nausea and vomiting management
  • fluid requirements
  • postoperative complications
  • Recovery
    • three-stage recovery
    • fast-tracking


Afternoon tea


Discharge planning and follow-up processes that facilitate optimal patient outcomes

  • discharge criteria
  • carer considerations
  • legal considerations 
  • identification and management of potential risks in relation to the day surgery environment
  • adult vs. paediatric considerations
  • patient follow-up processes


Reflection and discussion


Evaluation and finish