Perioperative nursing is very much a multidimensional area of practice that has evolved as models of perioperative patient care, surgery, anaesthetics and their complexity, techniques and equipment have evolved. Within the broad perioperative area there are numerous nursing roles. However, they do not all necessarily identify as being under a singular ‘perioperative’ umbrella and this is largely due to how the roles evolved. Thus the question: is perioperative nursing exclusive, in that it identifies with only one facet of the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases of the patient’s surgical experience? Or is it inclusive, in that nurses who work in any of these phases consider themselves perioperative nurses with a common aim to advance safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians?

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