Backstage hands: theatre experience
How to get the most out of time in theatre
The patient is the most important person in theatre, and the student comes near the bottom of the ladder, which unfortunately means that students do not always get the most out of their time in theatre and they are not always used to their greatest advantage. For a medical or nursing student, time spent in the operating theatre can provide an invaluable experience and is an opportunity to see anatomy and treatment at close hand. Without instruction, however, it is easy to feel like a redundant obstacle.
The first time I was in theatre, camouflaged by my scrubs and backed so far up against a wall I was almost a poster, it startled me to be acknowledged, even if it was only to be cautioned, “If you’re going to faint, do it away from the table.” At five foot five inches I am not especially short but had no chance