Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 7/21/2022


Under the direction of the Director, the Assistant Director ensures the delivery of quality patient care, within the assigned service area, through the nursing process; serves as a clinical resource and role to team members, assists with problem solving and communication, manages the fiscal resources of the assigned service area, and manages all personnel related actions and issues within the assigned service area. Facilitates staff development; manages all aspects of the designated team and/or surgical service; develops, implements and enforces departmental policies and procedures; and demonstrates personal and professional responsibility. The Assistant Director circulates and/or scrubs, for a significant portion of work time and/or as determined by caseload and staffing demands.


  1. Consistently supports the hospital’s Spirit of Serving Standards, in line with the Mission, Vision and values of St. Joseph Medical Center.

2. Follows the St, Joseph Medical Centers’ Guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and Associates through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.

4. Contributes to all cost containment issues in the department in order to meet the hospital’s established fiscal target, by performing monthly review of the CCSO, monitoring the automated timekeeping system and overseeing the utilization of staff, resources and overtime. Monitors for variances and recommends/takes corrective action as appropriate.

  1. Oversees Associates in the assigned service area and ensures provision of effective,

efficient and safe nursing care according to established standards. In so doing, pulls

cases, oversees room turn over, oversees that specimens are logged in appropriately,

performs equipment checks and ensures that all standards of care are followed.

6. Provides professional nursing care to patients, adhering to the nursing process and standards of care. In so doing circulates and/or scrubs for a portion of work time in response to work load or staffing demands.

7. Assumes twenty-four hour service responsibility. Rotates management call on nights, weekends and holidays, and is available for problem resolution and to oversee adherence to Operating Room policies, procedures, and protocols. Functions as a liaison with the Physician staff.

8. Attends service section meetings and acts as a hospital liaison to represent the Operating Room at Administrative or interdepartmental meetings, to collaborate on issues, and concerns, and to resolve problem areas.

9. Analyzes, writes, implements, maintains and recommends changes of PBDS pathways in conjunction with service surgeons.

  1. Interviews, hires, orientates, trains, evaluates the performance of and when necessary,

makes recommendation for discipline and discharge of subordinates.

11. Enforces departmental policies and procedures by monitoring compliance among staff, providing input into areas needing to be addressed or changed, and overseeing implementation of policies and procedures.

  1. Coordinates annual skills validation of team members in collaboration with the

Department Educator.

  1. Assists in developing and presenting in service educational programs for the assigned

service area and oversees the educational development of students and interns. In so

doing, plans, schedules, arranges resources, vendors and speakers for in service events.

  1. Maintains current proof of licensure/registration/certification of all Associates in the

assigned service area by obtaining records and updates and ensuring that they are filed

appropriately in the Associates’ records, according to departmental policy and regulatory


15. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by SJMC and demonstrated by:

  1. Upholds the Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance.
  2. Adheres to dealing appropriately and fairly with employee misconduct.
  3. Enforces all compliance policies as they pertain to his/her area.
  4. Provides and assures timely compliance education as requested by the Compliance Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.

16. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.


Work Experience:

Work requires professional knowledge and clinical competencies in the Operating Room environment as typically acquired through two or more years as a Nurse in the OR, and one year of service-related experience in which leadership and teaching abilities have been demonstrated, in order to manage the quality of care given to patients undergoing intra-operative experiences.


Current RN licensure issued by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas.

BSN and CNOR or certification in related field required.

Education & Training:

Work requires a professional level of knowledge and clinical competencies as typically acquired through the completion of Baccalaureate degree in nursing. SJH Management training courses are also required post employment, in order to effectively manage OR activities.


Good interpersonal, written and oral communication and reporting skills are necessary to communicate with all levels of staff and management. Management and leadership skills are necessary to function as a clinical resource, and to manage a team of professionals and support staff. A comfort level with computer systems is required in order to operate personal computers located in patient care areas, and to carry out the administrative functions of the position. Willingness to pursue continuing education and certification or maintenance of certification as a CNOR is desired in order to keep abreast of new technologies and trends in operating room services.

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