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Job Description

Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison IL 61270

Department: Operating Room

Job Title: Registered Nurse

Reports To: OR Manager

Job Type: PRN

Shift: Days

Varied - PRN

Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Surgical Services, the Pre-Admission Nurse performs a verbal assessment with the patient prior to admission via a phone interview as well as collects the patient’s medical history from previous medical records.  The nurse also works closely with the anesthesia department in coordinating the patient’s needs.

Essential Functions


  1.  Practice appropriate telephone and patient triage skills, being aware of the need to balance quality care with efficient use of time and resources.
  2. Perform verbal assessment with patient prior to admission – in person or via telephone, communicating information to appropriate team members.
  3. Ensure pre-operative care requirements of patients are accomplished through use of the nursing process including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  4. Perform patient teaching/education as established by the department.
  5. Assess pertinent information, plan, implement, and document interventions and evaluate results.
  6. Maintain and promote patient’s safety by assessing physical and psychological needs.
  7. Respond to telephone inquiries regarding expressed needs of the caller.
  8. Perform outbound follow-up calls as requested.
  9. Provide general health information.
  10. Refer caller to appropriate resources including medical/ambulatory care, hospital services, and community services.
  11. Thoroughly document all call encounters utilizing manual and/or on-line information systems at the time of the call.
  12. Alert anesthesia of results of labs, physical assessment, or special needs of individual with medical problems – prior to date of surgery.
  13. Use effective communication techniques which adhere to common standards of courtesy.
  14. Answer inquiries in a timely and helpful manner.
  15. Communicate arrival time and NPO instructions to patients as prescribed.
  16. Demonstrate knowledge of the center’s policies, protocols and safety plans.  Contribute to the goals of the center and support the Center’s philosophies.
  17. Demonstrate flexibility in performance of patient care tasks to achieve timely, responsive, cost effective and high quality care.  Demonstrates flexibility in performance to achieve the center’s goals.
  18. Accept responsibility for own professional growth and continued education.
  19. Demonstrate high quality customer service to our patients, their families, physicians and each other.
  20. Respect the confidentiality of the patient.
  21. Document and report incidents according to procedure.
  22. Communicate effectively, conscientiously and frequently with all team members to share information and independently solve problems in a positive, results oriented manner.
  23. Coordinate and promote continuity of patient care through clear communication and harmonious working relationships.
  24. Knowledgeable in surgical procedures, medications, anesthesia techniques and ambulatory surgery to answer patient questions and give appropriate pre-operative instructions.
  25. Provide pre-operative instructions and emotional support to patient, family and significant other.
  26. Communication appropriate information to surgeons and anesthesiologists concerning patient care.
  27. Communicate special physician’s orders.
  28. Complete patient charting in an accurate, concise, and timely manner.
  29. Demonstrate ability to prioritize patient needs.
  30. Maintain a quiet, safe environment.
  31. Utilize material, equipment and time in a safe, therapeutic and cost efficient manner.
  32. Maintain and apply the scientific knowledge relevant to the care requirements of the patient with consideration of age specific and developmental needs.
  33. Attend staff meetings, educational and safety programs.
  34. Demonstrate organizational skills to facilitate a smooth flow of the workload.
  35. Practice flexibility in scheduling to provide adequate staff coverage on unit.
  36. Participate in quality improvement activities as requested.
  37. Assume all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  38. Demonstrates and actively promotes and understanding and commitment of the mission of Morrison Community Hospital.


  1. Active registration for Registered Nurse – Board of Nursing, State of Illinois.
  2. Minimum of 2 years experience in O.R., PACU, Ambulatory Surgery, or ICU setting.
  3. Must be BLS, PALS and ACLS certified.
  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.