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


Available (nurse)
Thursday, 15 August 2024



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 using microsutures
  • Practical suturing exercises using animal tissue
  • Knot tying
  • Hands-on practise on a workshop model
  • Operating under the microscope - finding the bundle and dissecting out vessel and tendon


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.


2024 Fee

WA Nurse: $140
Non-WA Nurse: $175 


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



"One of the best day courses I have attended."
"The presentations were informative and practical sessions were held over a couple of hours, which was great."
"There was plenty of support and guidance given during the practical session. The teaching was excellent. "
"Having the hands-on practical experience allowed me to understand better the importance of instruments positioning when handing to the surgeon under the microscope."
- 2023 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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