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Surgical Services Nursing

UW Health nursing: Ann WhiteGiven the breadth of services offered at UW Hospital and Clinics, it should come as no surprise that our surgical services nursing staff encounters intriguing and challenging cases on a daily basis.
 
About Surgical Services
 
Our surgical services department includes: 
  • A 22-bed inpatient operating room suite
  • Inpatient (16 beds) and outpatient (six beds) Post-Anesthesia Care Units
  • A 19-bed First Day Surgery unit
  • An Outpatient Surgery Center, which includes a nine-suite operating room and 30-cubicle patient unit
The Role of Nurses
 
Nurses contribute to the provision of full tertiary care for all patients who require surgical intervention, including pre-procedure preparation, ongoing post-operative assessment and post-procedure and pre-discharge care. Patient education is a major emphasis in our unit, as well, with nurses facilitating accurate and necessary information for patients and their families.
 
We care for a wide range of patient populations, including patients requiring general, cardiovascular, thoracic, ophthalmological, gynecological, burn and reconstruction procedures, and many others.
 
Opportunities abound for nurses in surgical services, with a number of different career options available, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse clinicians, care team leaders, licensed practical nurses and assistants and supervisory positions.