Carry out surgical nursing routines

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMVET405A, 'Carry out surgical nursing routines'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for surgical procedures

1.1. Consent forms are completed in cooperation with owners and pre-operative care advice is provided in consultation with the veterinarian

1.2. Surgery equipment suitable for the species is selected and prepared ready for the surgeon in accordance with workplace health and safety and clinic policies and procedures.

1.3. Surgical packs are sourced for scheduled procedures.

1.4. Pre-operative processes are carried out in accordance with required procedures and industry standards.

1.5. Safe work practices are adopted and practised as an integral part of the clinic's theatre procedures.

2. Provide support for surgical routines

2.1. Animals are prepared for anaesthesia and the surgical procedure in accordance with clinic policies and procedures.

2.2. Analgesics are administered to patients as directed by the veterinarian and in accordance with legislative requirements.

2.3. Animals are held, restrained or positioned during the operation and administration of anaesthesia as instructed.

2.4. Sterile and/or non-sterile assistance is provided to the veterinarian as instructed.

2.5. Routines are carried out and theatre equipment is provided to the veterinarian as instructed.

3. Monitor patients and anaesthesia

3.1. Anaesthesia induction and maintenance is continually monitored under veterinary supervision.

3.2. Endotracheal intubation is completed in accordance with clinic policy.

3.3. Pain and vital signs are monitored and recorded as instructed from premedication to anaesthesia through to recovery.

3.4. Anaesthetic depth is assessed and response is initiated in accordance with clinic policies and procedures.

3.5. Emergency procedures are followed in accordance with clinic policy.

3.6. Post-operative anaesthesia procedures are completed in accordance with clinic policy.

4. Perform post-operative procedures

4.1. Wound or surgical site is monitored post-operatively for signs of abnormality.

4.2. Defined post-operative patient management procedures are carried out in accordance with the veterinarian's instructions.

4.3. Post-operative advice is provided to the animal owner in accordance with the veterinarian's instructions.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMVET405A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50210 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50410 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM40410 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM50310 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)