Perioperative Nurses College

Photo commissioned by Kai Tiaki Nursing NZ; taken by Medical Photographer at Waikato Hospital; first published in Kai Tiaki Nursing NZ, June 2009, page 16

Promoting Perioperative Nursing through knowledge, understanding
and fellowship 


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Welcome to the Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO

The Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO is the professional organisation of perioperative nurses in New Zealand.

We are affiliated to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and promote excellence in nursing practice in the pre-, intra- and postoperative care of patients. 

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Consultation on skills & knowledge framework for the competent registered nurse functioning as an anaesthetic nurse

The perioperative nurses college would like to thank all those individuals and groups who took the time to respond to the consultation document on the ‘Skills & knowledge framework for competent registered nurse functioning as an anaesthetic nurse’.  The period for submissions for this consultation is now closed.  All feedback received is now being collated for consideration by the perioperative nurses college.  A further update will be published following the perioperative nurses college AGM on the 21st September 2013.


Registered Nurse Assistant to the Anaesthetist (RNAA):

• In 2012, the Medical Sciences Council and the Nursing Council of New Zealand released a Joint Communication statement on anaesthetic nursing.  This joint communication stated that “the Perioperative Nurses College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation has agreed to develop a definition and competencies/skills/standards for anaesthetic nurses’’.  As requested by the Nursing Council of New Zealand the Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO developed the skills and knowledge framework for the competent registered nurse providing anaesthetic assistance.   PNC consulted widely during this development process and PNC recievced over 80 submissions. 

• PNC National committee has signed off the terms of reference for an advisory group to make recommendations on the education and assessment pathway of the RN anaesthetic nurse assistant.  The advisory group has met to discuss the educational content, criteria of the course, and to review the assessment pathway.  To assist the advisory group’s work a Survey Monkey questionnaire was distributed to theatre nurse managers of public and private hospitals in early October 2013.  There were 30 responses with a good cross section of larger and smaller public and private providers.  The questionnaire enquired about types of anaesthesia; specialty services, staff mix, and level of interest in an RN anaesthetic assistant one year course.  The advisory group will forward their recommendations to PNC national committee for discussions at the February 2014 meeting. 

• In addition, PNC leadership have commenced preliminary discussions with Health Workforce New Zealand with the view of piloting an RNAA course. PNC would welcome a collaborative approach, with a DHB, to introduce RNAA into the health service and build a proposal for HWNZ consideration.

• Correspondence regarding this initiative can be sent to Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO Secretary email:

The 41st Annual Conference of the Perioperative Nurses College of NZNO with the International Federation of Perioperative Nurses

"Our Knowledge our Power"

16th to the 18th October 2014
Millennium Hotel

Letter to employers (PDF Attachment)

Registration for the conference will be open in March 2014 but we recommend that you look in to making travel bookings as soon as you can to take advantage of low airfares.  The programme page of the conference website provides details of when the programme will start and end to assist you with making travel bookings.