Surgery OR Circulator
JOB TITLE: RN-OR Circulator
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The Perioperative RN develops an individualized care plan for the surgery patient. The Perioperative RN implements the plan of care by: protecting the patient from injury caused by chemical, electrical, laser, mechanical, and thermal sources and extraneous objects; performing accounting procedures to protect the patient from unintended retained surgical items; performing interventions necessary to ensure that the patient’s procedure is performed on the correct site, side, and level; managing the patients specimens in the appropriate manner, communicating the patients current status to the appropriate parties throughout the continuum of care; administering medications safely and correctly; performing interventions to maintain the status of the patients genitourinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balances at or above the baseline levels; performing interventions to ensure the patient is at or returned to normothermia at the conclusion of the immediate postoperative period; performing interventions to protect the patient from surgical site infection; assessing the knowledge level of the patient or designated support person; providing education regarding the expected psychosocial response, nutritional management, medication management, pain management, wound management, and expected responses to the operative or invasive procedure; actively involving the patient or designated support person in decisions affecting his or her perioperative plan of care and the rehabilitation process; protecting the patients rights, dignity and privacy; providing culturally and age-appropriate according to the Nurse Practice Act; documents nursing care accurately, completely and legibly, collaborates effectively with other disciplines as appropriate; participates in quality review and performance improvement projects; uses problem-solving and conflict resolution skills to foster effective work relationships with team members; maintains required competencies, pursues professional growth and participates in a professional organization; acts as a patient advocate and maintains privacy and confidentiality of all appropriate information. These responsibilities are met according to hospital policy, hospital mission statement and the philosophy of the Department of Nursing. Demonstrates knowledge base and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the condition and age of the patients served in the surgical setting. The nurse must demonstrate familiarity with the principles of growth and development throughout the life cycle. The nurse must be able to assimilate basic knowledge and patient related data to perform a comprehensive and age appropriate assessment. Basic computer skills
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: Operationally, the Perioperative Staff RN reports to the Department Manager and is under the direction of the Director of Perioperative Services and administratively to the Chief Nursing Officer.
REQUIREMENTS: 1.) Must be a graduate of an accredited School of Nursing 2.) Possess current licensure to practice nursing in Texas 3.) Must be certified in BCLS 4.) ACLS 5.) PALS 6.) Call required 7.) Certified Nurse, Operating Room (CNOR) certification preferred 8.) Minimum of 2 years experience in the surgical setting preferred
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Physically demanding, high stress environment, must be able to lift 10-20lbs daily, standing and walking for extensive periods of time.
EMPLOYEE STATUS: Non-exempt hourly
OSHA TASK CATEGORY ONE:
There is an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues, or a potential for spills splashes during the performance of the job. Universal precautions must be observed and protective devices worn by the employee when performing those tasks likely to cause exposure.