Job Description

Position Summary:

The Operating Room RN provides care that addresses the specific needs of age groups from infant to elderly, and is also individualized to a variety of needs specific to impairments such as hearing, sight, substance abuse, non-English speaking, and potential victims of abuse. The Operating Room RN incorporates knowledge and understanding of our commitment to patient rights, our mission, vision and values into nursing practice at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Responsible for the delivery of safe, effective, and quality patient-family centered care in the operating room and other areas of perioperative services for all patient populations.

Key Responsibilities:

The registered nurse assumes full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of nursing care she/he provides to individuals and groups. Included in such responsibility are health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning and restoration of optimal functioning and comfort or for the dignified death of those they serve. The registered nurse, within the parameters of his/her generic and continuing education experience, may delegate nursing activities to other registered nurses and/or health care personnel, provided that the delegating registered nurse shall bear full and ultimate responsibility for the patient outcomes. Performs other duties as assigned.
Operating Room Primary Responsibilities:
1. Assess patients at intervals as stated in policies and procedures.
2. Develop an individualized perioperative plan of care.
3. Implement the plan of care using the following interventions:
a. Protect patient from injury caused by chemical, electrical, laser, positioning, thermal sources, and extraneous objects.
b. Perform count procedures to protect patient from unintended retained foreign objects.
c. Perform interventions necessary to ensure patient's procedure is performed on the correct site, side, and level.
d. Manage patient's specimen(s) in the appropriate manner.
e. Communicate patient's current status throughout the continuum of care.
f. Administer medication(s) appropriately.
g. Perform interventions to maintain patient's wound and tissue perfusion at or above baseline levels.
h. Perform interventions to maintain the status of the patient's genitourinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems, and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balances at or above baseline levels.
i. Perform interventions to ensure the patient is at or returned to normothermia at the conclusion of the immediate postoperative period.
j. Perform interventions to protect patient from infection.
k. Assess knowledge level of patient or designated support person and provide education regarding the expected psychosocial response, nutritional management, medication management, pain management, wound management, and expected responses to the operative or invasive procedure.
l. Actively involve patient or designated support person in decisions affecting his or her perioperative plan

of care and the rehabilitation process.
m. Protect patient's rights, dignity, and privacy.
n. Provide culturally competent, age-appropriate, ethical care within legal standards of practice.
o. Provide consistent and comparable care regardless of the setting.
4. Evaluate the patient's progress toward attaining outcomes.
5. Transfer care as appropriate.
6. Delegate tasks as appropriate according to the state Nurse Practice Act and job descriptions.
7. Document nursing care.
8. Collaborate effectively with other disciplines as appropriate.
9. Participate in quality review and performance improvement projects.
10. Participate in the performance appraisal process.
11. Use problem-solving and conflict resolution skills to foster effective work relationships with team members.
12. Maintain required competencies.
13. Attend required meetings and educational sessions.
14. Act as a patient advocate and maintain privacy of all appropriate information
15. Demonstrate basic knowledge of surgical procedures, positioning, and equipment

Required Knowledge & Skills:

ò Able to communicate verbally and in writing in the English language.
ò Able to complete mathematical computations required to perform treatment protocols.
ò Excellent assessment skills, clinical skills and organizational skills.
ò Computer knowledge and charge capabilities.
ò Able to lift, transfer and move patients.
ò Physically and emotionally capable of performing responsibilities of this position.

Education:

Baccalaureate degree in nursing or related field preferred. Graduate of an approved School of Nursing.

Experience:

Requires 2 to 3 years operating room experience. Must be experienced in the circulating role.

Certification/Licensure:

Currently licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.CNOR certification preferred. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. In addition to BLS, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Software/Hardware:

: Meditech 6.0

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