From surgical support to emotional support, and delivering drugs to delivering babies, theatre nurses perform an incredible array of duties.

Theatre nurse jobs require a nursing degree, as well as dedication, compassion and skill. The work you do will help to improve patients’ lives forever.

Using our many years of experience in healthcare recruitment, we can find you just the right nursing role for you. Get in touch today.

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FAQs about being a Theatre Nurse

  • How much does a theatre nurse earn in the UK?

    It depends on whether the theatre nurse is working in a private hospital or within the NHS. The average salary for a theatre nurse in the UK is £32,000. Privately, a theatre nurse earns between £25 and £30 per hour.


  • What qualifications do you need to be a theatre nurse?

    To become a theatre nurse you’ll need a nursing degree and to be registered as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. There are specific theatre nurse roles that require other skills. Operating department practitioner nurses need to be registered on the Health & Care Professions Council and require a DipHE or a BSc degree.


  • How long does it take to become a theatre nurse?

    To become a theatre nurse you need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and/or the Health & Care Professions Council. Both councils require you to have a nursing degree. Most degree courses last three years. 


  • What are the shift patterns for a theatre nurse?

    All hospitals have different shift patterns, but the traditional hours are:

    Early: 07:00 to 15:00

    Late: 13:00 to 21:00 

    Long day: 07:00 to 21:00

    Night: 21:00 to 07:00

     

    Other examples of theatre shifts:

    8 hours: 06:30-15:00, 08:00-16:30, 10:30-19:00, 13:00-21:30, 14:30-23:00

    10 hours: 06:30-17:00, 08:30-19:00, 10:30-21:00

    12 hours: 06:30-19:00, 07:30-20:00, 18:30-07:00


  • Is there flexibility with shift patterns?

    We’re able to agree unique shift patterns for our nurses at various hospitals. Call us to talk through the shift patterns you want and we’ll see if we can help.


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