Perioperative Nurse (Open)
County of San Mateo - San Mateo County, CA

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This job announcement was amended on 02/02/2012 to update the salary.

Seeking experienced Perioperative Nurses ! Please note this position is not intended for Nurse Graduates.

Through growth and change, the San Mateo Medical Center remains committed to providing quality medical care to meet the health needs of the community. Our commitment is to provide quality care with a compassionate touch and we strive to help you maintain a balance between work and family. San Mateo Medical Center, a 509-bed integrated care facility, has been providing healthcare to our community and surrounding service area since 1930.

We are currently seeking a motivated and experienced Perioperative Nurse for our state-of-the art Surgical Department. Under supervision, you will perform specialized professional nursing duties in assisting surgeons in the operating room. You will act as scrub and circulate nurse. You will follow and carry out established hospital and operating room procedures through the proper identifying and handling and use of instruments, supplies and equipment. You will communicate with surgeons, physicians, nurses and other staff in carrying out specialized duties. Nature of work requires sustained physical effort, including considerable standing and walking, considerable adeptness in the use of fingers and hands when assisting surgeons.
Seeking experienced Perioperative Nurses ! Please note this position is not intended for Nurse Graduates.
The ideal candidate has a minimum of three years of experience in the Operating Room of an acute care hospital assessing patients condition before, during, and after operations; performing scrubbing and circulating duties; working directly with a surgeons; identifying and handling instruments; providing information to enable patients to make informed decisions regarding surgical care and treatment; scheduling; and has extensive knowledge of procedures. Availability to take on-call as assigned and possession of a Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) certificate is strongly preferred.

NOTE: The list created from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future permanent, extra help and/or temporary vacancies.

Examples Of Duties:

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform pre-, intra- and post-operative nursing duties.
  • Assist surgeons in selecting and handling of instruments, controlling bleeding, and suturing incisions.
  • Perform scrubbing and circulating duties.
  • Collect, interpret, record and communicate pertinent data relevant to the patient’s care in surgery.
  • Assist in the positioning of patients for surgery.
  • Transfer patients to and from bed, gurney and/or operating table.
  • Organize and coordinate schedules based on changes to patient status, the environment and procedures being administered.
  • Organize, assign and supervise duties and responsibilities of other staff members as a team leader; orient and teach new staff members of the nursing team and students.
  • Perform nursing care following prescribed rules, policies, protocol and procedures.
  • Identify problems, assist in data gathering, propose solutions and participate in evaluation of quality assurance issues.
  • Participate in educational programs to maintain level of expertise.
  • Participate in non-clinical assignments, which may include maintaining records, preparing reports and/or serving on special committees.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Operate a variety of medical machinery and equipment.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Licensure/Certification:
  • Possession of a current California license as a Registered Nurse.
  • Possession of valid and current Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications.
Knowledge of:
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Current nursing and related medical theory and skills necessary to administer nursing care within assigned clinical setting.
  • Safety and infection control practices.
  • Clinical systems, supplies and equipment.
Skill/Ability to:
  • Nurse Practice Act.
  • Perform nursing procedures required for assigned clinical setting.
  • Comply with clinical procedures and policies.
  • Maintain professional nurse-patient relationships.
  • Communicate with and educate patients, families, and the public who come from a diverse background.
  • Work harmoniously with other personnel.
  • Follow safety practices.
  • Assist in the instruction of other nursing and paraprofessional personnel.
  • Bend, kneel and squat as needed.
  • Occasionally use upper extremities to exert force to push and pull patients/objects weighing up to 50 pounds or more.
  • Work in a busy environment.

Application/Examination:

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the San Mateo County Human Resources Department.

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position based solely on the information provided in the application documents. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to

www.co.san

mateo.ca.us/hr/jobs to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date. Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Cristina Heinz (091611) (Perioperative Nurse - F034)

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