Surgery RN Job Description

Surgery RN Job Description

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Surgery RN provides skilled nursing procedures, including infusion therapy, administration of medications, wound care, phlebotomy, and urinary catheterization.

Surgery RN Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective surgery RN job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included surgery RN job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Assesses and prepares for an assigned surgical procedure by organizing activities
Verifies operative procedure
Accepts role as patient advocate
Assesses the patient's health status according to AORN Standards and recommended practices to plan and implement appropriate nursing interventions
Documents nursing actions and patient care activities by established guidelines to measure patient outcomes
Assist with Anesthesia Support for surgical patient
Performs initial assessment with medications, immunizations, labs and x-rays
Coordinate the activities of the health care team during surgical intervention, delegating duties as needed
Relay information to the patient and family as appropriate, providing emotional support and comfort
Prepare the surgical site using aseptic techniques

Surgery RN Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Surgery RN

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: ACLS, BLS, CNOR, BCLS, NHSS, PALS, BLC

Education for Surgery RN

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the surgery RN job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Associate Degree in Nursing, Science, Nursing Program, Graduate, Education, Associate Degrees, School of Nursing, Patient Care, Teaching, Health

Skills for Surgery RN

Desired skills for surgery RN include:

Cardiac catheterization
Radiology special procedures
Surgical procedures
Performs technical duties and responsibilities for the registered nurse in area of assignment
Appropriately documents all administered medications
Conditions of assigned patients
Follows medication administration rights and processes
Medications and their correct administration
Complex nursing interventions in surgical specialty area
Evidence-based practice programs

Desired experience for surgery RN includes:

AORN membership encouraged
Two (2) year clinical nursing experience preferred
Minimum 1 year documented RN experience in the ER, or surgery-based unit
The RN requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision
Minimum of 3 years on the Operating Room setting
RN experience is required

Surgery RN Examples

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Surgery RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of surgery RN. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for surgery RN
  • Establishes and revises priorities for patient care activities based on
  • Anticipate and plan individualized care for the patient based on knowledge of the surgical case and anticipate unexpected patient and surgeon needs
  • Perform in the circulator role, utilizing the principles of surgical asepsis, infection control, universal precautions and life safety
  • Maintain an orderly and organized work environment and take responsibility for the maintenance and care of all equipment used
  • Prioritize effectively, implement problem solving skills and perform in a coordinated manner when delivering care in high stress environments
  • Coordinate patient care assignments to personnel
  • Supervised, considering staff competencies, patient population, equipment used, patient condition, environmental factors, infection control, safety factors and availability of direct/indirect supervision
  • Process physician's written and verbal orders in a timely manner
  • Is able to prioritize implementation of physician orders according to patient needs, physician request, and interdepartmental procedures
  • Demonstrates ability to carry out all assignments and procedures as ordered according to policy and procedures
Qualifications for surgery RN
  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience in the operating room
  • Operating room experience within the past one (1) year preferred
  • RN degree/diploma from a nationally accredited RN program
  • Internal applicants must have one year of recent related clinical experience
  • External applicants must have two years recent related clinical experience
  • One year surgical setting experience preferred
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Surgery RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a surgery RN. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for surgery RN
  • At completion of case
  • Proper disposal of sharps
  • Returns instruments and supplies to case cart
  • Places linen in linen hamper
  • Places trash in appropriate receptacles
  • Removes gown and gloves prior to leaving the operating room
  • Assists in returning equipment and unused supplies to their proper places
  • Assists in the cleaning and room turn over
  • Assists in maintaining a clean, neat, appropriate operating room environment
  • Works under the Nurse Manager and/or Charge Nurse and in conjunction with other staff members to complete the nursing process
Qualifications for surgery RN
  • CV experience preferred but not required
  • Minimun 1 year current acute care experience in hospital setting required
  • Graduated from an Accredited RN school of Nursing required
  • Current AHA BLS, Current AHA ACLS
  • Be willing to commit to full time position and assigned shift
  • Sign a written commitment to stay one year beyond completion of the program
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Surgery RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of surgery RN. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for surgery RN
  • Is a registered nurse maintaining current licensure defined by Interstate Compact
  • A senior level nursing student may be awarded an RN Bargaining Unit position and may begin employment in the capacity of a Nurse Graduate, following successful graduation from an accredited ADN and/or BSN program until a valid RN license is obtained
  • Must pass Periop 101 Course Final Exam within six months of starting in this position
  • A minimum of one year prior nursing experience in acute care setting preferred
  • Basic Life Support Certification (BCLS) is required
  • Responsible for being the designated trainer for all surgical staff
  • Ensure all staff are adequately and properly trained in their specialty, to increase staff knowledge, and accountability in their specialty field
  • Work with Director and Supervisors to implement the education program including much needed skill assessments, in-services, continuing education and orientation programs
  • Positions and preps patients correctly for procedures, assesses and monitors patient during procedure, provides an accounting for all supplies during and after procedure, communicates effectively within physician throughout procedures
  • Collaborates across disciplines to coordinate patient care, including transfer, discharge, referral and support needs
Qualifications for surgery RN
  • Minimum one year RN experience preferred and OR experience strongly preferred
  • Two years of advanced surgical experience
  • Certification by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) as a CNOR preferred
  • State of MO RN License
  • Customer Service abilities and effective listening skills
  • Exceptional critical thinking and the ability to work in a team in a fast paced environment
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Surgery RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of surgery RN. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for surgery RN
  • Supports the mission and vision of the facility, division and company
  • Accountable for safety, identify and corrects problems, and integrate evidence, and best practice into nursing care
  • Lead and coordinate teams, appropriately delegates, coordinate care and collaborate with others as equal members of the inter-professional care team to integrate nursing knowledge
  • Develops the plan of care
  • Evaluates the plan of care
  • Provides patient, family, and/or significant other health teaching/education
  • Participates in activities designed to improve health care delivery
  • Communicates/collaborates with others in providing patient care
  • Supports life long learning
  • Completes assigned goals
Qualifications for surgery RN
  • 2 years of advanced surgical experience
  • One (1) year of experience as a Surgery RN in an acute care setting required
  • Ability to circulate and scrub cases required
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Surgery RN in an acute care setting preferred
  • Minimum of three years recent experience in Circulator Role in OR or minimum 3 years in an OR for a designated Trauma Center
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, TNCC - required
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Surgery RN Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of surgery RN. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for surgery RN
  • Develops and maintains with the patient/significant other, an individualized, professionally modified plan of care reflective of changing needs/goals as determined by evaluating the patient/significant other response to the plan of care
  • Provides nursing care in accordance with nursing standards and the infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient's plan of care
  • Assesses and plans for discharge needs, evaluates adult and geriatric patients and significant others educational needs and initiates and implements appropriate teaching protocols or makes appropriate referrals
  • Demonstrates positive, professional communication with open dialogue among members of the healthcare team
  • Consistently displays an open, creative attitude toward continual learning
  • Demonstrates respect of patients’ confidentiality in all communication
  • Participates in non-direct patient care activities including educational activities, performance improvement activities, standards development and review, hospital/nursing committees and other related activities
  • Demonstrates technical skills proficiently for the comfort and safety of infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients
  • Demonstrates positive customer relation skills
  • Provides nursing care utilizing a knowledge base and understanding regarding medical necessity
Qualifications for surgery RN
  • Must possess and maintain a current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate (ACLS)
  • Must possess and maintain a current Pediatrics Advanced Life Support Certificate (PALS) within (3) months of hire
  • Possess and maintain a current Certified Nurse-Operating Room (CNOR) ce
  • One (1) year and six (6) months experience in acute care nursing
  • California Registered Nurse (RN) License
  • One (1) year and six (6) months experience in OR nursing

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