The primary responsibility of this position is to provide nursing care to insure the safety of the patient during their transfer and stay in the surgical suite. This includes the direction of nursing care and all related activities of the Operating Room, performing activities which result in patient and physician satisfaction.
a. To utilize specialized nursing knowledge and discriminative judgment while giving direct and indirect patient care.
i. Performs assessment of patient for specific nursing care needed.
ii. Ensures measures to provide safety. This includes monitoring cleanliness, sterility, traffic control, and adherence to Infection Control Principles.
iii. Directs and assists in carrying out safe aseptic techniques and procedures
iv. Supervises and directs the activities of non-professional personnel as necessary.
v. Ensures communication by staff personnel to promote continuity of patient care.
vi. Ensures availability of all equipment and supplies required for operation of clinical areas.
vii. Adheres to policies and procedures of the facility to ensure consistent quality of nursing care.
viii. Demonstrates cooperative work attitude toward and with co-employees, management, patients, visitors and physicians.
ix. Communicates and promotes a continuous quality improvement commitment.
x. Ensures the patients right to privacy, dignity and confidentiality.
xi. Possesses clinical skills necessary to provide quality care to all patient age populations-from pediatric to geriatric patient.
xii. Provides physical, emotional and spiritual need of patients and implements appropriate nursing interventions.
xiii. Utilizes computer system in work activities as appropriate.
xiv. Other duties as assigned.
b. To perform the tasks delegated to the "circulating" role.
i. Checks room for needed supplies and prepares room for specific patient
ii. Assist in transporting patient to O.R. and checks patient record for appropriate pre-op preparation and procedures (i.e. lab, x-ray, appropriate permits).
iii. Performs and/or directs appropriate surgical prep.
iv. Completes documentation for O.R. records, laboratory requisitions, and patient chart including medications and physician orders.
v. Directs proper care of instruments, supplies, sterilization, and storage of equipment.
vi. Supervises and assists with the proper, safe positioning of the patient.
vii. Performs sponge, needle, and instrument counts and documentation of same.
viii. Identifies, labels, and cares for all surgical specimens properly.
ix. Secures emergency equipment and supplies as needed.
x. Controls the general "tone" of the operating room.
xi. Provides assistance to team members, physicians, anesthesia, management and visitors.
c. To perform the tasks of the "scrub" role.
i. Scrub, gowns, and gloves members of surgical team following aseptic
ii. Sets up operating room with all necessary equipment and supplies.
iii. Arranges instruments according to routine for a given procedure.
iv. Handles instruments correctly and checks for cleanliness, sterility and
proper working condition.
v. Maintains sterile field throughout the surgical procedure.
vi. Performs clean up following procedures, as well as general housekeeping
d. To function efficiently as a member of surgical team.
i. Provides assistance to team members, physicians, and anesthesia personnel as needed (i.e. reliability, working relations, initiative, training needs).
ii. Reviews physicians' preference cards and updates as needed.
iii. Assists in stocking, preparation, and waste management of supplies.
iv. Reports to management needed repairs or maintenance of equipment or building.
v. Observes and communicates the need for new or different items in the department.
vi. Observes the use and handling of supplies to decrease waste, mishandling, or incorrect use.
vii. Participates in on-going committees and other educational programs to enhance patient care.
1.Involves the use of office equipment including computers, fax machine, copier, phones, pagers,
paper shredders, etc.
2.Daily use of surgical instrumentation and equipment.
3.Daily use of chemicals such as cleaners and Formalin.
4.Daily use of medical supplies, equipment, and materials.
5.Involves an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids,
or tissues, or a potential for spills or splashes of them. Appropriate protective measures are
6.Requires extensive mobility, walking, sitting, and standing.
7.Requires pushing, pulling, turning, and assisting patients.
8.Requires lifting of equipment.
9.Must possess venipuncture and/or IV access skills or acquire within 6 months of employment.
9.Must be able to analyze, problem solve, and make decisions quickly and calmly.
10.Must be able to work independently as well as within a team.
11.Must be objective in view of employees and department process.
12.Must have excellent interpersonal relations, and communication skills, as well as
13.Must present and maintain professional image, and leadership qualities.
14.Duties require tact, empathy, open-mindedness, and assertiveness.
15.Must be able to re-assess priorities.
16.Must be able to handle periods of stress.
1.Graduate of an accredited school of nursing is required.
2.Currently licensed to practice nursing in the state.
3.A minimum of 1 year experience in the operating room is preferred.
4.Basic Cardiac Life Support Certification.
United Surgical Partners International