POSITION TITLE: Perioperative Nurse
Reports to: Manager of Surgical Services
Last Revised/Reviewed/ Approved by HR: 6/1/2022
The Perioperative Nurse is a RN that is responsible for providing preoperative education to scheduled surgical patients and obtains a medical history from the patient. Collects and conveys information to pertinent hospital personnel.
- Initiates patient and family education and documents in the nursing record.
- Obtains medical history of surgical patient including medications and documents.
- Gathers all appropriate patient records and assembles chart for nursing unit.
- Helps develop QA/QI concerning surgical patients.
- Audits surgical charts for QA/QI.
- Schedules patients for epidural steroid injections.
- Assists anesthesia with epidural steroid injections and documents procedure on outpatient record.
- Reviews patient’s lab work if ordered preoperatively and conveys results to anesthetist and surgeon if results are not within normal limits.
- Coordinates pre-op interview and anesthesia interview.
- Responsible for surgery scheduling.
- Makes postoperative follow up phone calls to patients.
- Clerical duties such as mechanical copying, filing, etc.
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces/equipment.
- Continuing education.
- May be called upon to relieve Emergency Room or ICU nurse if needed.
Education and License:
Graduate of an accredited Registered Nursing program.
Current Oregon license for Registered Nurse.
Current CPR certification.
ACLS If not current, obtain within one year
Basic Life Support (BLS)
PALS If not current, obtain within one year
One-year Operating Room experience.
One year of Medical-Surgical Unit experience.
- VISUAL: Able to ambulate safely. Able to accurately read small letters and digits. Assessment planning and evaluation of patient care, implementation of patient care and technical performance. Procedures, treatments, and medication administration documentation of all nursing action as applicable.
- HEARING: Assessment (i.e. auscultation of body parts and sounds ), ability to audibly discern mechanical dysfunction of monitors and other patient equipment (i.e. alarms, parameter guides). Ability to gain subjective information regarding patient status. Teaching of patient and family communication, professional behavior, and ability to converse by telephone to appropriate personnel, MD, or family.
- SPEECH: Assessment (i.e. capable of asking pertinent questions regarding patient status).Able to communicate problems with equipment, able to order supplies. Teaching of patient, of family, all professional communication, professional behavior, able to converse by telephone to appropriate personnel, MD, or family.
- MENTAL: Able to comprehend job description and perform in professional manner. Emotional stability to:
- Properly assess and manage nursing role, including assessment for patient care.
- To have an awareness level to carry out technical skills, teaching, communicating, and professional behavior.
- Able to comprehend cost containment.
- Utilizes chain of command appropriately.
- Able to foster a team approach.
- Able to problem-solve effectively.
- Demonstrates an awareness of effect of actions and behavior on others, especially under stress.
- Conveys an understanding of the need for a positive, caring attitude with interaction of patients, family, MD’s, visitors, volunteers.
Works indoors in an air-conditioned environment.
Frequent use of computer and phone, and other standard office machines. Must be able to stand, sit, stoop, twist, kneel, reach, push, pull using proper body mechanics and move/lift varying amounts of weight to a maximum of 50 lbs.