Course Overview

This three day course is designed to standardise pre-operative nurse’s patient assessment, by increasing their knowledge, competence and confidence.  We aim to provide a good background knowledge of medical conditions that could affect their patient’s suitability for surgery, alongside an understanding of medications, previous surgeries, tests and investigations that could affect the patient’s management or journey.   This exciting course combines pre-reading, didactic teaching, group work, case studies and simulation to consolidate learnt theory.

    Who will benefit:

    This three day course is aimed at registered nurses who work in pre-operative care.


    DREEAM, A Floor, West Block, QMC Campus, Derby Road, Nottingham. NG7 2UH

    Start and finish times:

    08:00 – 16:00 (breaks are built into the course timetable)


    Refreshments will be provided.

    • Pre-operative history taking
    • Nurse Assessment
    • Medications
    • Classifications of surgery
    • Pre-operative tests & investigations
    • Decision making & risk management
    • Anatomy & physiology
    • Heart & lung auscultation
    • Cardiology conditions
    • Respiratory conditions
    • Haematology conditions
    • Blood transfusions
    • Endocrinology conditions
    • Renal conditions
    • Anaesthesia
    • Three simulation stations