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Perioperative Theory 3: The Nurse in the Circulating Role NSPO 7450

Nursing Specialty Perioperative Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This course builds on the concepts and frameworks presented in prerequisite courses. Learners focus on how perioperative nurses provide care in the circulating role for patients undergoing common, less complex surgeries and anesthesia. Students learn how circulating nurses assess and prepare patients and families for anesthesia and surgery. Participants will continue learning about the key concepts of caring, safety, aseptic technique, and surgical conscience. Learners will consider how these concepts are used to maintain a safe and supportive perioperative environment for patients and team members. The course introduces theory that forms the basis for the development of circulating nurse skills in preparation for clinical learning. Clinical decision-making frameworks that guide practice are reviewed and applied to the circulating role. Participants will build on nursing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and disease processes to deepen their understanding of perioperative nursing in the circulating role. Learners will examine ways of developing collaborative relationships with patients, colleagues, instructors, and perioperative team members. Participants will also consider how to employ effective leadership strategies, including advocacy and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills during the perioperative period.




Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of NSPO 7450 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 80071


Wed Jan 03 - Fri Mar 22 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 80071
  • Domestic fees $925.57
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 03 - Mar 22 N/A N/A Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  5. This course in online guided learning. Students will receive a course information email approximately 3 weeks prior to term start. Please contact Program Head at 604-451-7073 for approval.

Learning Outcomes

As a healthcare practitioner, you are expected to follow professional standards of practice throughout all SN programs and courses. In this course, you will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, professionalism, and clinical decision-making. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Use relevant, current ORNAC Standards of Care to explain activities in the circulating role: admitting and assessing patients; monitoring patients; assisting with anesthesia induction and emergence; positioning; performing skin preps; setting up the sterile environment; counting; and processing specimens.
  • Explain how to use a practice framework in the circulating role to assess and admit patients of different ages with actual and potential health problems.
  • Explain how circulating nurses employ a patient-centred plan of care to anticipate and address physiological and emotional risks of anesthesia for patients.
  • Identify risks and hazards associated with the perioperative environment and equipment for patients and team members.
  • Describe circulating nurse activities that minimize risks and hazards and promote patient and team safety.
  • Explain the potential emotional and physical impact of the perioperative environment on patients, families, and team members.
  • Describe communication techniques that promote effective perioperative team partnerships and collaboration.
  • Discuss perioperative documentation performed by circulating nurses.
  • Critically analyze independent and collaborative activities of circulating nurses that facilitate safe and ethical patient care within the perioperative team.
  • Explain how circulating nurses apply surgical conscience to promote patient safety and healing.
  • Explain how circulating nurses enact caring with patients and families.
  • Explain how circulating nurses advocate for patients and families.
  • Explain how circulating nurses use ways of knowing the individual (case, patient and person) to care for patients.
  • Communicate a plan for patient-centered care in the circulating role, using reflective critical-thinking skills and a clinical decision-making framework.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2023

Related Programs

Perioperative Theory 3: The Nurse in the Circulating Role (NSPO 7450) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Perioperative Nursing Specialty
    Advanced Certificate Part-time
  2. Specialty Nursing (Perioperative)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Part-time


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