Nurse- OR Circulator RN (4441)
The Vancouver Clinic - Vancouver, WA

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DESCRIPTION

Our Ambulatory Surgery Center is looking for caring, experienced operating room circulator RNs. This is not an entry level position, must have experience working in an Ambulatory Surgery Center or an Operating Room.

This position is responsible for ensuring that the operating room runs in a smooth and effective manner by overseeing the preparation of the operating room before and after a surgery. The OR Circulator prepares the patient prior to the surgery, and assists the anesthesiologist and surgeon as appropriate.

DUTIES

  • Prepares room, equipment and supplies needed for procedure. Assists anesthesia in obtaining supplies.
  • Opens sterile packs and supplies, using surgeon's preference card for specific requests.
  • Perform preoperative assessment that includes:
Assess level of consciousness, pain and color and integrity of skin.
Identify patient and introduce self to patient.
Determine a plan of care based on individual needs which include pain and safety measures.
Confirm operative site and allergies.
Necessary patient teaching.
  • Verifies chart, confirms consent, history and physical, laboratory results, allergies and confirms operative site.
  • Brings patient to operating room suite, and assists patient to the operating bed after braking of gurney.
  • Positions patient for safe functional alignment, exposure of surgical site and to provide physical support.
  • Informs front desk and Post Anesthesia Care Unit of patient's progress. Notifies PACU prior to transfer from the operating room.
  • Assists anesthesiologist with monitor leads, blood pressure cuff and oximeter placement and remain at patient's side during induction and positioning.
  • Prepares patient's operative site, again confirming procedure and site with surgeon's history and physical, and the operating room team.
  • Directs overhead spot lights and connects equipment such as electrocautery, suction and power equipment.
  • Performs sponge, needle and instrument counts, if required. Obtains and opens any sterile supplies needed through out procedure.
  • Responsible for obtaining specimen from the sterile field, labeling and documenting the specimen, placing it in the proper media and signing it in the Specimen Log Book.
  • Assists in applying the dressing and transporting the patient to the stretcher from the operating room table in a safe manner.
  • Assists in the breakdown of the room and preparing the room for the next procedure.
  • Maintains an aseptic controlled environment.
  • Follows proper procedures for handling hazardous waste materials.
  • Documents information required on operating room record.
  • Follows appropriate nursing care policies and procedures at all times.
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Current WA state RN licensure.
  • Maintains current BLS and ACLS certification.
  • PALS certification preferred.
  • Recent patient care experienced required.
  • Two years surgical experience minimum with ability to scrub and circulate required.
  • Computer skills required, electronic medical record.
  • Prepares room, equipment and supplies needed for procedure. Assists anesthesia in obtaining supplies.
  • Opens sterile packs and supplies, using surgeon's preference card for specific requests.
  • Perform preoperative assessment that includes:
Assess level of consciousness, pain and color and integrity of skin.
Identify patient and introduce self to patient.
Determine a plan of care based on individual needs which include pain and safety measures.
Confirm operative site and allergies.
Necessary patient teaching.
  • Verifies chart, confirms consent, history and physical, laboratory results, allergies and confirms operative site.
  • Brings patient to operating room suite, and assists patient to the operating bed after braking of gurney.
  • Positions patient for safe functional alignment, exposure of surgical site and to provide physical support.
  • Informs front desk and Post Anesthesia Care Unit of patient's progress. Notifies PACU prior to transfer from the operating room.
  • Assists anesthesiologist with monitor leads, blood pressure cuff and oximeter placement and remain at patient's side during induction and positioning.
  • Prepares patient's operative site, again confirming procedure and site with surgeon's history and physical, and the operating room team.
  • Directs overhead spot lights and connects equipment such as electrocautery, suction and power equipment.
  • Performs sponge, needle and instrument counts, if required. Obtains and opens any sterile supplies needed through out procedure.
  • Responsible for obtaining specimen from the sterile field, labeling and documenting the specimen, placing it in the proper media and signing it in the Specimen Log Book.
  • Assists in applying the dressing and transporting the patient to the stretcher from the operating room table in a safe manner.
  • Assists in the breakdown of the room and preparing the room for the next procedure.
  • Maintains an aseptic controlled environment.
  • Follows proper procedures for handling hazardous waste materials.
  • Documents information required on operating room record.
  • Follows appropriate nursing care policies and procedures at all times.
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

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