Anaesthetics and Recovery Nursing Course


Introduction to Anaesthetics and Recovery Nursing Program

According to Australia’s Future Health Workforce Evaluation (2014) perioperative nursing is the most in demand specialist nursing position. Delivery of nursing care in a perioperative setting requires specialized knowledge, and skills, both of which this program is designed to teach participants.

This program provides nurses with the opportunity to explore the perioperative nursing environment, understand the knowledge involved in this specialized clinical setting, and practice the clinical skills required to work in this environment. With supportive study and enhanced hands on practice, Australian Healthcare Academy aims to assist participants in developing the knowledge and clinical skills required to undertake the perioperative nursing duties of the anaesthetic and recovery nurse roles. By successfully completing this program, participants will gain the knowledge needed to begin a career as a novice Anaesthetic and Recovery nurse.

This program runs over 5 weeks and includes 5 days in class with a perioperative nurse educator followed by a 3 week clinical placement within a private healthcare facility. Throughout the placement, participants will be continuously supported as they begin to increase their independence and competence as perioperative nurses. Australian Healthcare Academy works with Australia’s leading healthcare providers to place our nurses and employment assistance is provided after completion of all of our programs.

Topics Covered

Participants will achieve the following learning outcomes throughout this program:

  • Discuss the context of anaesthetic nursing, reflecting on ACORN competency standards and practice
  • Successfully demonstrate checking of the anaesthetic machine under
  • Successfully plan, assess and manage patients during peri-anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia
  • Successfully assist with intubation, and demonstrate knowledge of different ways of airway management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common anaesthetic medications including their indications for use, side effects, and dosages.
  • Successfully demonstrate safe use of an anaesthetic
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different types of anaesthesia including treatment of the patient in theatres and responding to emergencies such as malignant hyperthermia.


This program is open to any Registered  Nurse who is interested in exploring work within the anaesthetic and recovery nursing roles including new graduate nurses, nurses with general nursing experience, or nurses with overseas experience in a perioperative role. Nurses must hold unrestricted AHPRA registration, and have an up to date national police check, working with children’s check for the state their placement is in, up to date immunization records, and current CPR and manual handling certificates.

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2022 Sydney Course Dates: 

August 22 (TBC), October 24

2022 Melbourne Course Dates:

July 4 (TBC), October 3

2022 Brisbane Course Dates:


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