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My brother is starting his ODP degree this year and he's basically saying it's just the same as a nurse degree....I'm confused! I didn't even know what an ODP was until recently. Is it just a nurse in 1 area? Is the degree as demanding?


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(Original post by wbnurse)
My brother is starting his ODP degree this year and he's basically saying it's just the same as a nurse degree....I'm confused! I didn't even know what an ODP was until recently. Is it just a nurse in 1 area? Is the degree as demanding?


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I'm not too sure on the demands of that course in comparison to a nursing course.
But an odp is not a nurse.
You have theatre nurses within the theatres, each will have a different role as you have a clean nurse and a dirty nurse for example. One who works and counts the equipment used etc, and one who stays clean and sterile and works alongside the surgeon handing them what they need and maybe holding the patient or parts of them etc.
An odp role is listed here:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...t-practitioner

However, don't let your brother think he will be a nurse.
Nurses and midwives enter a register which they need to maintain their skills to remain on the register as a nurse or midwife.
The odp is also registered but this is a different registration.
Your brother won't have the same types of placements as a nurse and will be working in various types of theatres, from emergency care to maternity etc.

He will also not be able to work as a nurse as he will be an odp. Completely different.
I suggest he reads up if he's that confused as if he wanted to do nursing he would have to complete a nursing degree.
The NHS website may clarify things for you.
Hope that helps!

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Nurses and odos do a lot of the same jobs. Both can scrub in. Help with operating equipment. Monitor the patient and recover the patient however the odp is more of the anethstist right hand man. They help then when putting them to sleep. They know their way around the theatre and know far more about airway management than a nurse does. In recovery they would do the same job as s nurse but ib general a odp and a nurse are two different roles. A odp can only work in OD recovery and some critical care places and know a freat deal about airways managment and anasthetic than a nurse and they liase between tgeatre and other hispiral depts
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Theatre nurses and ODPs do the same roles in the perioperative environment. The only difference is that ODPs are trained to be the anaesthetist’s assistant on qualifying, whilst nurses have to do another course to undertake this role in the periop environment.
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ODP 'S are increasingly working in many other areas these days such as Pre op assessment, A
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(Original post by deviant182)
I'm not too sure on the demands of that course in comparison to a nursing course.
But an odp is not a nurse.
You have theatre nurses within the theatres, each will have a different role as you have a clean nurse and a dirty nurse for example. One who works and counts the equipment used etc, and one who stays clean and sterile and works alongside the surgeon handing them what they need and maybe holding the patient or parts of them etc.
An odp role is listed here:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/exp...t-practitioner

However, don't let your brother think he will be a nurse.
Nurses and midwives enter a register which they need to maintain their skills to remain on the register as a nurse or midwife.
The odp is also registered but this is a different registration.
Your brother won't have the same types of placements as a nurse and will be working in various types of theatres, from emergency care to maternity etc.

He will also not be able to work as a nurse as he will be an odp. Completely different.
I suggest he reads up if he's that confused as if he wanted to do nursing he would have to complete a nursing degree.
The NHS website may clarify things for you.
Hope that helps!

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I qualified as an ODP 15 years ago. ODP’s and RGN’s do much the same job in theatres. The ODP is trained in all aspects of perioperative care as part of basic pre-reg training. Both work scrub and recovery roles as a theatre practitioner. The nurse has to undertake further courses to work in anaesthetics but ODP’s cover this in basic training. Even then there are certain duties that only the ODP can do. Airway management is something ODP’s are expert in but nurses cover it very little. Nurses can leave theatres and work in all different specialities where the ODP can only ever work in a surgical or trauma type department. ODP Degree is best if you intend to stay perioperative but RGN will be best if you get bored easily or am not sure what area to specialise in.
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