This program runs at multiple sites and has various intakes throughout the year. PIP runs over 16 weeks and focuses on introducing the concepts and principles of preoperative nursing across various specialties within the theatre environment.


16 weeks

About the program

  • A formative performance appraisal will take place at 6 weeks, with a summative performance appraisal occurring at 16 weeks
  • Combines theory, simulation and clinical placements
  • Covers perioperative speciality areas including scrub/scout or anaesthetics/PACU
  • Each site will provide support personnel for the course participant
  • Enables students to develop a basic understanding of the principles and practice of perioperative nursing and ensure they have attained a basic level of competency to work in a safe and effective manner after completion of the program
  • Introduces the concepts of perioperative nursing to registered and enrolled nurses
  • Pre-reading material will be provided prior to study days
  • Study days will be facilitated by Epworth perioperative educators from across all Epworth sites


  • 12 months experience post registration is essential
  • A minimum of 12 months in an acute hospital is desirable
  • Have current registration with the APHRA as a Registered Nurse or an IV Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
  • Must be able to attend all study days throughout the course

Course structure

The theoretical component of this course includes face-to-face, online and practical workshops.

Topics include:

  • Aseptic technique - Instrumentation and equipment
  • ACORN/ANZCA - Scrubbing, gowning and gloving
  • Legal and ethical issues - Maintaining a sterile field
  • Nursing roles within the department - Principles of Anaesthesia
  • Safety in the operating theatre - Airway management
  • Sterilisation and decontamination - Anaesthesia emergencies

Application information

To apply, please complete an online eRecruit application.

Further information

For further information, please contact the relevant site coordinators:

Epworth Richmond

Phone: 03 9426 8891

  • Lucy Ferris
  • Diane Newman
  • Daisy Weaver

Epworth Eastern

Phone: 03 8807 7358

  • Janine Cope
  • Deborah Gray
  • Yvonne Taylor

Epworth Freemasons

Phone: 03 9483 3235

  • Mari Julian
  • Jane Peters