Registered Nurse (Operating Room)

Durham, NC
Feb 01, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
Med / Surg
Contract Type
Full Time
Perioperative nursing care is provided to surgical patients for scheduled and emergency procedures. Following surgery, patients are transferred to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Nursing staff has been specially trained and have successfully completed hospital and operating room/unit based orientation. Competency in the operating room is assured by verification of relevant clinical skills for each specialty. The Nurse Manager completes annual evaluations and competency reviews for all nursing staff members.
Each operating room has a circulating nurse, which is always an RN, and a scrub nurse/technician. A RN, OR tech performs the scrub role. Some cases may require an additional person in the role scrub or circulator depending on the complexity of the case.

Hours of Operation
1. Hours of operation for the operating rooms are from 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday - Friday. Elective cases are scheduled during the administrative work week. At all other times a call team is available to perform emergency procedures.
2. There are two call teams covering emergency call and are composed of two nursing staff members, one of whom will always be a RN and the other will be a RN, or ORT. The cardiac team will consist of two RN's who will cover cardiovascular cases Monday thru Friday and till 0730 on Saturday.

The operating room is involved in the training of:
Surgical residents from Duke University;
Nursing students from local program affiliated universities and colleges
OR Tech from local affiliated technical programs
CRNA students from Duke University
Five Most Common Patient Problems Requiring Nursing Care
Cardiothoracic Surgery: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and valve replacements
General Surgery: Hernia repairs; open and laparoscopic procedures, and colectomies
Cardiovascular: Carotid Endarterectomy and Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Stent/repair
Genitourinary: Ureteroscopy with laser ablation of stones, Transurethral Resection of Bladder tumors, robotic surgery.
Orthopedic: Total Joint Replacements and arthroscopic surgeries (knee and shoulder)

Work Schedule: Monday -Friday, 10 hour tours, on call schedule for 30-minute call back
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum of 2 years successful nursing experience
Minimum of 1 year current Operating Room experience
Demonstrated Urology Experience
Prior VA experience
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate & to maintain composure in stressful situations
Demonstrated effectiveness in emergency situations
Able to fulfill 30 minute response time when On Call

Preferred Certification(s):
Operating Nurse Certified ANCC

Preferred Level of Education:

Grade Determinations: Grade and Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform all activities of the position without restriction. This position involves considerable standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, sitting, and turning. The work may involve going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care. The incumbent should have the ability to physically control or protect him/herself from physically abusive patients.None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • Resume

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