Pre and Post-Operative Patient Care

Pre and Post-Operative Patient Care


This unit of study will introduce you to the nursing responsibilities for before and after surgery.  You will learn how to assess and prepare your patients for surgery and to prioritize care for your post- operative patients.  Patient teaching both before surgery and on discharge are an important part of the nurse’s role in caring for the operative patient.


Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Assist with pre-operative and post-operative teaching
  • Perform a surgical prep
  • Prepare patient for operating room
  • Prepare patient’s medical records for operating room
  • Provide post-operative care
  • Assist with post-operative discharge teaching

Readings and Resources

Please read the following pages:Chapter 37
deWit, Susan C. Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing 


  • Complete: Reading and Resources
  • Complete: Assignment - Pre and Post-Operative Patient Care


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