Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills for Theatre Nurses


The Core Skills: Microsurgical Skills for Theatre Nurses workshop offers nurses the opportunity to further their knowledge and gain valuable hands-on practical skills in microsurgery. Nurses assisting with Plastics, ENT, eye surgeries and neurosurgeries may find this workshop particularly relevant.

Suitable for: Theatre Nurses and Nurses Assisting on Plastics, ENT, Eye Surgeries and Neurosurgeries


Sold out (nurse)
Tuesday, 17 August 2021



This highly practical workshop emphasises a team based approach to microsurgical procedures and aims to enhance participant knowledge and skills in setting up for microsurgical cases and anticipating the procedural requirements of the surgeon. It includes optimising situation awareness and instrumentation handling skills using synthetic models.

Practical sessions involve participants working in pairs or independently on a range of microsurgical suture exercises which replicate the surgeon’s clinical requirements.  The workshop is designed to increase nurses’ knowledge of the microscope, instruments and the sutures used during microsurgical procedures.  Microvascular suturing skills will be honed on synthetic and animal tissue models.

Workshop Content


  • Set-up and instrumentation
  • Technical tips and non-technical skills
  • The microscope: trouble-shooting
  • Sutures
  • Plastics, ENT, eye surgery and neurosurgery set ups and procedures, and key operative points

Practical Sessions:

  • Understanding and handling the instruments
  • Microscopes and sutures in-depth
  • Dealing with problems
  • Stitching and assisting
  • Practical suturing exercises
  • Tubing glove exercise
  • Hands-on practise on a workshop model


Workshop Inclusions

  • Synthetic models
  • Didactic sessions
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Limited places to maximise practical learning time



Nurses may claim 7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. This educational activity will earn participants a Certificate of Completion for their CPD Portfolio.


2021 Fee

WA Nurse: $135
Non-WA Nurse: $144 


COVID-19 Information for Workshop Participants


CTEC Terms & Conditions

Workshop content, date and convenors may be subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.



"Fantastic course, thoroughly recommend to all perioperative personnel."
"Excellent presentations... and excellent hands on opportunities to consolidate skills. "
"I was able to relate to the surgeons who operate under microscope and better assist them in the future."
- 2020 Workshop Participants


The University of Western Australia
Entrance No.2
Hackett Drive, Crawley
Perth, Western Australia

For more information contact

John Linehan
Senior Course Coordinator
T +61 8 6488 8049

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