Experiences of perioperative nurses with robotic-assisted surgery: a systematic review of qualitative studies

Senol Celik S., ÖZDEMİR KÖKEN Z., Canda A. E., Esen T.

Journal of Robotic Surgery, vol.17, no.3, pp.785-795, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11701-022-01511-9
  • Journal Name: Journal of Robotic Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, INSPEC, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.785-795
  • Keywords: Robotic-assisted surgery, Nurse, Experience, Qualitative study, Systematic review
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


To determine the experiences of perioperative nurses with robotic-assisted surgery is needed to improve the robotic-assisted surgery practices. This study systematically reviewed and analysed the qualitative studies concerning perioperative nurses’ experiences of robotic-assisted surgery. This systematic literature review included studies up to December 2020. The study data were analysed using inductive content analysis. This systematic review included six articles. There were a total of 71 nurses who participated in the included articles (min = 6, max = 17). Their mean age was 35.7, and their experience in robotic-assisted surgery ranged from 8 months to 10 years. Content analysis generated six categories: adaptation to robotic-assisted surgery technology, the importance of teamwork in robotic-assisted surgery, changing tasks and responsibilities in robotic-assisted surgery, training requirements for robotic-assisted surgery, the effects of robotic-assisted surgery on patients and patient safety, and difficulties with robotic-assisted surgery. A variety of themes and sub-themes emerged in these categories. The review highlights the importance of developing new ways of thinking about the assessment and management of disruptions, developing different teamwork patterns and communication skills, and overcoming the challenges involved in technologically advanced surgeries. Nurses’ roles in robotic technology should be redefined in healthcare. Nurses should learn how to adapt to advancing technology and how to supplement and enhance their skills.