RN | Operating Room | Days | Four Ten Hour Shifts

Washington, District of Columbia
Jul 02, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
Full Time

Surgical Services at the main hospital campus is equipped and available to provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week surgical care.

The Perioperative Services Department consists of the following areas:

•           Surgery Preparation

•           Operating Rooms (17 O.R.’s and 2 Procedure Rooms)

•           Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU-12 prep and 35 post anesthesia bays)

•           Sterile Processing Department (SPD)

•           Radiology

•           Endoscopy

In our delivery of care we aim for quality healthcare that is: patient centered, safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and effective. The department is engaged in quality, performance improvement and research to provide care that has the patient and family in mind. 

Perioperative Services’ mission is facilitated through a culture of safety. The focus of care is on the patient, family, and the environment. The department strives for an environment that enables the provision for safe patient care, excellence in performance, improvement in our process, and positive health outcomes. 

Children’s National surgery center performs nearly 17,000 procedures each year on infants, children and adolescents, including kidney transplants, scoliosis, hernia repairs, and procedures to treat disorders and abnormalities of the esophagus and trachea. Other special services include corneal implants and cataract surgeries, and we specialize in cochlear implant for the ear. Children’s surgeons perform laser surgery and employ many types of minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.  

Children’s National has a world-class team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and support staff who have developed a variety of programs designed with children in mind. One of our newest additions is the DaVinci robot and MRI suite.

 Qualifications Minimum Education
Associate's Degree Graduated from an approved school of nursing. (Required)
Bachelor's Degree BSN (Preferred)

Minimum Work Experience
2 years At least 2 years of operating room experience required.
2 years Experience in at least two of the following specialties: Neurosurgery, Ortho, Ortho-Spine, General Surgery, Colorectal, ENT, Davinci Robotic, Kidney transplant.

1 year Pediatric OR experience preferred (Preferred)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Successfully complete the hospital and nursing orientation at Children’s National. Excel in organizational skills, adjust for changes and be able to complete assignment on time. Care will incorporate best practices based on benchmarks and evidence within the literature
Maintain proficiency in at least three or more of the following services: General Surgery, Colorectal, Kidney Transplant, ENT, Ortho/Ortho-spine, Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery, Urology/Davinci-Robotic, Plastic, Oral Maxillofacial, GI.
Knowledge of basic computer skill and ability to learn and apply new technology and skills
Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits of trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful
Building Partnerships: Developing and leveraging relationships within and across work groups to achieve results
Collaboration: Working cooperatively with others to help a team or work group achieve its goals
Communication: Conveying information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in an engaging manger that helps them understand and retain the message; listening actively to others. Inclusive of written and verbal skills
Diversity and Inclusion: Being sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, and other differences in the workforce; recognize the value of diverse perspectives and experiences and fosters a work environment reflective of the community at large.
Decision Making: Identifying and understanding problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information; choosing the best course of action by establishing clear decision criteria, generating and evaluating alternatives, and making timely decisions; taking the action that is consistent with available facts and constraints and optimizes probable consequences; demonstrating critical thinking skills by problem solving patient care, and unit/system issues.
Managing Relationships: Meeting the personal needs of individuals to build trust, encourage two-way communication and strengthen relationships
Managing Work: Effectively manage ones time and resources to ensure work is completed efficiently

Required Licenses and Certifications
Registered Nurse in District of Columbia Registered Nurse licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia dependent upon location of practice.
(Required)Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider (BLS) (Required)
Certified Nurse OR (CNOR) (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities
Functions as an Operating Room Nurse
  • Consults and coordinates with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate intraoperative patient care plans.
  • Serves as the communication liaison to patients, families, and members of the operating team.
  • Prepares the operation room for the patient and the surgical procedure. Assembles equipment, supplies and implants, and ensures equipment is functional, and supplies and implants are available.
  • Delivers perioperative patient and family centered care incorporating the nursing process while providing developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence based care.
  • Utilizes outcome data at the patient level to make care decisions.
  • Participates in the quality improvement activities and uses quality measures to understand individual and unit performance.
  • Provides direct guidance and oversight of the orientee in all patient care and clinical activities and ensures that those behaviors adhere to documentation standards, standards of care, and policies and procedures.
  • Participates in unit shared governance initiatives to improve patient care, throughput as determined by leadership.
  • Navigates and documents in the EMR to support patient care.
  • Works within scope of practice and delegates according to Nurse Practice Act.
Demonstrates the knowledge of risk and safety issues and uses measures to ensure optimal outcomes

  • Actively participates in Universal Protocol and timeout, including the fire risk assessment with the surgical team prior to the start of the surgical procedure according to hospital policy guidelines.
  • Completes post procedure pause at conclusion of surgical case.
  • Understands purpose of positioning devices and uses them correctly, following policy, to protect the patient from injury and to promote optimal exposure.
  • Follow established policy and procedures for instrument counts; initiate corrective actions when instrument counts are incorrect.
  • Verifies medications, concentrations, expiration dates of all medication received on the sterile filed in concert with ST, surgeon, and Anesthesia provider.
  • Communicates observations or concerns related to unsafe situations that pose a risk to patients, families or the healthcare team.
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and take time to resolve the situation.
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making.
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication.
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers.
  • Pay attention to detail, practice STAR - Stop, Think, Act, Review.
  • Assist the surgical team with emergency situations.
Demonstrates actions that shows accountability and professional judgment
  • Arrives to the unit on time.
  • Handles difficult situations appropriately.
  • Utilizes downtime constructively.
  • Complies with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Consistently participates in staff meeting and in-services to improve skills.
  • Completes, documents, and reports all mandatory education and training.
New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements
  • Initiate ways to improve operations through quality improvement and implement related solutions.
  • Serve as a resource for current, new information or changes in specialty area.
  • Care incorporates best practices based on benchmarks and evidence within the literature.
  • Mentor and precept new nurses in clinical specialties.
Transformational Leadership
  • Contribute to Magnet re-designation as evidenced by independent involvement or leadership in: committees, task forces and/or community outreach.
  • Role model critical thinking skills by problem-solving patient care and unit/system issues.
  • Communication reflects development of plan of care and ability to advocate to meet patients’ needs; makes suggestions for resolution of system issues.
  • Role model procedures for escalation of issues; utilize chain of command.
  • Demonstrate a collegial and respectful relationship with peers, physicians and other departments.
  • Demonstrate proper use of identified hand off processes; follow up on inconsistent practice related to handoff.
  • Take the lead in implementing change and support management decisions.
  • Role model behavior that reflects empathy, concern and a desire to help others.
Structural Empowerment
  • Independently maintain regulatory requirements e.g. license, BLS.
  • Initiate professional activities to enhance nursing practice.
  • Engage in active review of peers giving constructive feedback through timely participation in evaluations.
  • Role model adherence to national safety standards and service excellence standards; champion advancement of education and certification.
  • Orchestrate involvement of the healthcare team and role model professional behavior and teamwork with co-workers.
  • Serve as a resource as needed and know when to escalate to next level.
Exemplary Professional Practice
  • Analyze assessment data gathered from patient and family to ensure completion of database and plan of care within identified timeframes.
  • Role model excellent clinical skills with complex patients; care reflects analysis of patient status and appropriate interventions.
  • Direct prioritization and organization for complex patient with rapidly changing needs.
  • Documentation exemplifies adherence to the highest standards of practice.
  • Anticipate and proactively plan for educational needs; verify with patient and family throughout the hospital/outpatient stay and prior to discharge.
  • Excel in organizational skills, adjust for changes and be able to complete assignment on time.
  • Role model caring in all encounters with patient and family as evidenced by feedback from parents and an increase in patient satisfaction scores.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility