The perioperative environment has seen the implementation of the perioperative nurse surgical assistant as an advanced practice nursing role for the instrument nurse; however, there is currently no recognised equivalent role for the anaesthesia nurse. Anaesthesia nurses complete post-graduate qualifications and learn advanced clinical skills, and yet the authoritative body for perioperative nurses, the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses, does not define a specific role for advanced practice nursing in anaesthesia. Career advancement for the anaesthesia nurse focuses on education and management roles which are a distinct deviation from advanced clinical practice. A new role should be developed to allow the advanced practice nurse in anaesthesia to be recognised and their skills used in Australian operating rooms.

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