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Instrument/Circulating Nursing
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This unit of study provides students with opportunities to consolidate and expand their existing clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes within the specialty of the instrument and circulating nurse in the context of perioperative nursing. Current research, policy and guidelines underpinning instrument/circulating nursing are analysed, and the role of the nurse is explored.

Instrument/Circulating Nursing
Unit of study code 283
Availability Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Australian College of Perioperative Nurses Ltd (ACORN) (2020). Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia. (16th ed). Author. Adelaide. South Australia

Rothrock, J,. C. (Ed.) (2019). Alexander’s care of the patient in surgery. (16th ed.) Elsevier, St Louis Missouri

Co-ordinated by Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: OR 1 – Minor ops/ procedural room a) discuss legal and ethical aspects of perioperative care in relation to the role of the instrument/circulating nurse Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 7
Theme 2: OR 2 – General surgery b) explore principles of infection prevention & control, including surgical asepsis Assessment 2: Multiple choice quiz 5% 3
Theme 3: OR 3 – Obstetrics & gynaecology/laparoscopic surgery c) demonstrate reflection on the knowledge and skills required to ensure a safe environment for people undergoing intraoperative procedures Assessment 3: Reflective essay (2,000 words) 35% 5
Theme 4: OR 4 – Orthopaedics d) analyse systematic assessment processes in the intra-operative phase Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 5: OR 5 – ENT/Head & neck surgery e) evaluate evidence-based holistic nursing care of people undergoing intraoperative procedures across the lifespan
Theme 6: OR6 – Emergency theatre

Instrument/Circulating Nurse (283) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.