Registered Nurse – OR Circulator (No Call)

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Job Description


Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison IL 61270


Department: Operating Room

Job Title: Registered Nurse - OR Circulator

Reports To: Operating Room Coordinator

Job Type: Full Time

Shift: Days

Days - No Call Required

Job Summary

The R.N. assumes responsibility/accountability for a group of patients for a designated time frame and provides care to these patients via therapeutic use of self, the nursing process, the environment, and other health care team members.  Ages served range from pediatric to adult.

Essential Functions

  1. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the maintenance of the patient during the pre and post surgical periods.
  2. Responsible for planning, assessing, intervening, co-coordinating and providing direct patient care by utilizing critical thinking skills.
  3. Communicates with physicians, ancillary care-givers, patients and families regarding the patient’s plan of care.
  4. Performs assessments including physical, psychosocial, nutritional, functional, safety, spiritual, cultural, and educational needs.
  5. Complete supporting documentation and accountability for supplies, medications, labs, charges, and equipment used.
  6. Documents patient assessment data on the appropriate nursing record / EMR including but not limited to:  vital signs, treatments, education provided, assessment data, and effectiveness of administration.
  7. Demonstrates patient and employee safety issues by regular and proper use of patient/resident lifts and other equipment provided by the hospital.  Follows policy for use of lifting equipment and gait belts to lift and transfer.
  8. Reviews various test results and takes appropriate actions.
  9. Makes nursing decisions regarding patient status and immediate care needs.
  10. Provides patient and family education.
  11. Coordinates and directs the activities of clinical and non-clinical employees in providing care.
  12. Coordinates care to RNs on the Surgical Unit.
  13. Makes patient care assignment appropriately based on individual abilities, patient acuity and resources available.
  14. Participates in Unit based Quality Improvements Projects and routine Quality and Environmental monitoring.
  15. Maintains unit specific competencies and participates in review of the high-risk/ low-frequency competencies.
  16. Identifies opportunities to improve patient care and utilize evidence-based resources to optimize nursing practice.
  17. During procedures the nurse will function in one of two roles with distinct competencies applied to each role: circulating nurse or scrub nurse.
  18. Maintains knowledge of equipment and continuously learns new technology and is able to trouble shoot equipment, report malfunctioning equipment and ensure its repair and return to service.
  19. Maintains confidentiality, demonstrates compassion, empathy, and respect to all customers.
  20. Demonstrates and actively promotes an understanding and commitment to the mission of Morrison Community Hospital.
  21. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and Local laws and regulations.

Qualifications

  1. Active registration for Registered Nurse – Board of Nursing, State of Illinois.
  2. Must be BLS, PALS and ACLS certified.
  3. Current knowledge of AORN standards is desired.
  4. Knowledge of Standard Precautions for exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.
  5. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
  6. Must be capable of problem solving, critical thinking, and assessment of patient conditions.
  7. Must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills in a Windows environment.
  8. Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment.
  9. Must possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring.