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Cover image for lecture: Defining the Perianaesthesia Nurse

Lecture Overview

In this introductory talk, Sue Querruel covers the main roles of nurses in today's modern perioperative suite. Also discussed is the importance and role of the perianaesthesia representative and regulatory bodies. This presentation is a good refresher and update on what positions are available and upcoming, and what changes have been seen lately in relation to perianaesthesia nursing.


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Suzanne Querruel

Suzi Querruel has been working in the perioperative field for the past decade. Her passion lies in perianaesthesia nursing, and she has been seeking to advance the field over the past few years. She is a tutor and lecturer for Western Sydney University [WSU] in the Bachelor of Nursing program and WSU The College in their Academic Pathways Programs. She is the unit coordinator at WSU The College for the subjects 'health communication' and 'skills in health science'. She was previously anaesthetic coordinator at Westmead Private Hospital and also has held sessional nurse educator positions at the Australian College of Nursing, Wesley Health Management, and the University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney University, and the University of Tasmania. She has been a nurse educator for Ausmed Education for the past three years and has collaborated on the program development for the perianaesthesia, perioperative, day surgery, and surgical nursing seminars. She has held the position of national vice president and NSW/ACT president of the Australian Society of Post Anaesthesia & Anaesthesia Nurses [ASPAAN] for two years and has recently seen the transition of ASPAAN to the Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses [ACPAN]. Suzi holds a bachelor of nursing, graduate diploma in nursing (anaesthetics & PACU), masters of nursing education), certificate IV in workplace training & assessment, and a neuro-linguistic programming [NLP] practitioner certificate. See Educator Profile


15 Total Rating(s)
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Rachelle Yao
07 Jan 2020

very helpful to boost my knowledge in perianesthesia nurse

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Paula Martin
30 Dec 2019

An interesting look at changes in scope of practice for perioperative nurses.

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Christine Power
16 May 2019

This learning module was very informative and educational.

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louise ann mackie
25 Apr 2019

overview of different roles and expectations in perianaesthesia nursing.

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Lauren Scardino
01 Nov 2018

Interesting to hear the lastest role and potential future roles of the Perioperative nurse and it gave a good summary of the relevant governing bodies.

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narelle windle
11 Oct 2018

It was informative and interesting to know of the changes in the nurse profession and education.

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dinia hipolito
10 Oct 2018

very well explained