Definition of scrub nurse in US English:

scrub nurse


  • A nurse who assists a surgeon by performing certain specialized duties during a surgical operation.

    • ‘During the clinical phase with preceptors, one of the new nurses pointed out that a scrub nurse was using suture packages to rectify an incorrect needle count.’
    • ‘The scrub nurse assembles the hysteroscope and sheath and passes the remaining disposable supplies to the circulating nurse to begin the unit procedure setup.’
    • ‘I used it only intermittently, when the stress of my job as a scrub nurse in the OR was unbearable.’
    • ‘For example, advanced neurosurgery requires a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist, a neurophysiologist, a scrub nurse, and various nurses assuming other roles.’
    • ‘Even the scrub nurse may be able to develop a relationship with the patient under these circumstances, as one nurse explains.’
    • ‘One difference is that most Taiwanese hospitals continue to have an RN circulating nurse and scrub nurse for each surgical patient.’


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