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If we regard the operating theater as a stage, then the surgical nurses are the stage hands. They prepare the equipment before the patient arrives. During the operation they resupply and change the equipment as needed. After years of rehearsals, the surgical nurses are able to anticipate nearly everything needed by the surgeons.
With the introduction of robotic surgery, the staging of the surgery has undergone a dramatic change. As before, the nurses prepare the equipment before surgery begins. However, once the robotic manipulators are positioned and the surgery begins, the surgical nurses have little to do until the procedure is finished and the equipment is packed up, cleaned or discarded. So what are the nurses to do during these minutes or hours while the surgeon remotely moves the robotic arms inside and around the patient? Like stage hands, they watch the show on the video monitors. (2013)