Surgical Nursing Foundations Instruments

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24th Aug to 14th Sep, 2022

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Online Wednesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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CPD Value: 8 AVNAT approved points

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Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Technicians only

Veterinary surgery is a team sport. As a nurse or technician, your role is critical to every successful surgical outcome in your clinic.

It starts with the kits. 

Do you know your Metzenbaums from your Mayos? How will your knowledge and skills drive the cleanliness, function and longevity of the surgical instruments in your care? 

Aseptic technique begins with YOU.

Join us for a four-week online course where we discuss how to look after, test, and get to know your surgical instruments. Register today to have a direct impact on the quality of care you bring to your team and the patients.

Do you struggle with…

  • How to check your surgical instruments?
  • What’s the best cleaning and testing protocol for instrument longevity?
  • Assessing instrument function? 
  • What instrument is best for the procedure at hand?

What if there was a safe online course to advance and update your practical management of surgical instruments?

Surgical Nursing Foundations is designed to provide each participant with best practice for their surgical instruments, with real-life context and a sound understanding of each part of the surgical kit. The course covers how to clean and maintain your instruments, check for functionality, and improve the longevity of those very expensive tools. 

We’ll also share some insight on how to help your vet care for your kits during surgery!




What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Week 1 – Foundations of instrument care
  • Week 2 – Instrument anatomy and functions
  • Week 3 – Instrument function testing
  • Week 4 – Advanced instrument knowledge
Develop your skills in :
  • Identify different instruments and their purpose
  • Inspect and clean your instruments for longevity
  • Identify damaged and non-functioning instruments 
  • Test a wide range of instruments 
  • What to do with non-functioning instruments

Workshop Schedule

Week 1 – Foundations of instrument care

Foundations on how to care for your surgical instruments. Learn how to identify damaged and non-functioning instruments, how to clean, dry and store them and what to look for during the inspection process. Are you inspecting them every time? Gain the skills to process your instruments and have a better understanding of their function.

Week 2 – Instrument anatomy and functions

Getting to know your instruments and what they are made of can mean the difference between well cared for or damaged instruments. Discover how the composition of each instrument relates to its use and maintenance. Do you know the significance of a gold handled instrument?

Week 3 – Instrument function testing

Identify damaged and non-functioning instruments in your clinic. Learn how to assess and test a wide variety of instruments, from “are they sharp enough?” to ”do they still align correctly?”. Do you know what options are available to get your instruments back to optimum efficacy?

Week 4 – Advanced instrument knowledge

Name that instrument! In our last installment of Surgical Nursing Foundations, we will introduce you to some of the famous creators of your surgical instruments, and what your instruments are used for. Understanding the “how” and “why” means you’re better equipped for each surgery.

Your Educators

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Cindy Grew

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Qualifications: Cert IV Vet Nurse, Cert IV TAE

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Specialisation: Animal Health and Education

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Cindy is the B. Braun Business Development Coordinator for Vetcare Australia and New Zealand, and is a practicing veterinary nurse with ten years’ experience. Previously, she has managed three veterinary hospitals, one of which was a 24-hour emergency clinic.

Within her role at B. Braun, Cindy coordinates workshops, onsite and online training, and engagement with vets and vet nurses.

One of Cindy’s passions is caring for our Australian native wildlife. It was this passion which drove her to become a wildlife carer with WIRES, and head up the wildlife treatment division within the clinic. Cindy’s passion is sharing current skills and techniques with veterinary professionals, and helping them achieve their potential.

Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 14 days after the completion of the course. After 14 days participants will have the opportunity to subscribe each month to continue to have access to the materials.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

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