Position description & performance evaluation : operating room RN

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					                                Operating room registered nurse (aka: Circulating Registered Nurse)

                   The Circulator for the case, known as circulating nurse:
                                        Job description
Title                Operating room registered nurse
Main function        Supervises and directs patient care in a single operating room.

Duties and
                     1.   Philosophy
                          a) Supports the facility’s ideology, mission, goals, and objectives
                          b) Performs in accordance with the facility’s policies and procedures
                          c) Follows the facility’s standards for ethical business conduct
                          d) Conducts self as a positive role model and team member
                          e) Recognizes patients’ rights and responsibilities and supports them in performance of job
                          f) Participates in facility committees, meetings, in-services, and activities
                     2.   Communication
                          a) Communicates effectively and professionally with patients, visitors, physicians, and
                          b) Interacts with others in a positive, respectful, and considerate manner
                     3.   Financial practices
                          a) Uses facility resources appropriately and avoids wasteful practices
                          b) Reports wasteful practices
                          c) Analyzes work area and makes recommendations for potential cost-effective improvements
                     4.   Compliance program
                          a) Contributes to the progress and development of the organization’s adopted compliance
                          b) Performs according to established compliance policies and procedures
                     5.   Performance-improvement program
                          a) Contributes to the progress and development of the organization's adopted performance-
                              improvement program
                          b) Performs according to established performance-improvement policies and procedures
                          c) Objectively evaluates suggestions, grievances, and processes to identify opportunities to
                              improve performance and quality of care
                          d) Participates in data collection activities to support the performance-improvement program
                     6.   Safety/risk-management program
                          a) Adheres to safety policies and procedures in performing job duties and responsibilities
                          b) Reports observed or suspected safety violations, hazards, and policy/procedure
                              noncompliance to the safety officer or other designated person
                     7.   Professional competence
                          a) Participates in continuing education and other learning experiences
                          b) Shares knowledge gained in continuing education with staff
                          c) Maintains membership in relevant professional organizations
                          d) Seeks new learning experiences by accepting challenging opportunities and responsibilities
                          e) Participates in teaching programs in the facility for employees and physicians on topics of
                              special interest and topics pertinent to outpatient surgery
                          f) Researches and submits pertinent articles for review at staff meetings
                          g) Assists with orientation and training of new personnel and acts as a resource person for
                              problems related to patient care
                          h) Welcomes suggestions and recommendations
                     8.   Duties
                          a) Participates as a team member in support of the total peri-operative process
                          b) Organizes time, equipment, supplies, and personnel to provide effective and efficient case
                          c) Supervises and directs patient care in a single operating room
                          d) Organizes nursing activities efficiently and effectively

                                 Operating room registered nurse (aka: Circulating Registered Nurse)

                          e)  Delegates activities appropriate to the abilities of available staff members
                          f)  Considers cost containment by using supplies economically and in effective turnover time
                          g)  Assists with supply, drug, and equipment inventories to maintain stock level and availability
                          h)  Addresses patient needs during admission to the operating room, with attention to
                              requirements specific to the outpatient setting
                         i) Transports patients to the operating room observing policies/procedures, safety
                              requirements, and patient needs
                         j) Identifies the patient and correct surgical intervention according to policy/procedure and
                              communicates such information to all members of the surgical team
                         k) Reviews patients’ medical records/needs to plan care with other healthcare team members
                         l) Provides comfort and reassurance to patient
                         m) Maintains patients’ privacy and dignity
                         n) Explains intra-operative phase of routine procedures and care to the patient
                         o) Performs the circulating nurse’s role and functions following approved operating room
                              procedures to meet the requirements of scheduled procedures
                         p) Prepares operating room according to requirements of patient/procedure to be performed
                         q) Assembles and provides properly functioning equipment, supplies, and instruments before
                              start of procedure and positions and adjusts equipment as required during the procedure
                         r) Anticipates needs of surgical team and assists anesthesia personnel by supporting patient
                              during administration of anesthesia
                         s) Assists with the proper and safe positioning of the patient and prepares operative site as
                              directed by established procedures
                         t) Monitors compliance with principles of aseptic technique according to accepted standards
                         u) Assists with identification and confirmation of operative site
                         v) Provides for comfort in the physical environment by monitoring designated parameters
                         w) Provides continuity of patient care by communicating with other peri-operative care personnel
                              and documenting records accordingly
                         x) Responds in a timely manner to meet the needs of the patient and physician
                         y) Accurately comprehends and interprets verbal orders/directions
                         z) Documents patient care records and other forms accurately following policies and
                         aa) Accurately advises others responsible for care of the patient about patient’s status
Responsibility for   Not applicable
                     1.   Cooperative work attitude toward co-employees, management, patients, visitors, and physicians
                     2.   Ability to promote favorable facility image with physicians, patients, insurance companies, and
                          general public
                     3.   Ability to make decisions and solve problems
                     1.   High school graduate or GED certificate recipient
                     2.   Graduate of accredited school of nursing
                     3.   RN with active license in appropriate state
                     4.   ACLS certified
                     5.   Leadership qualities
                     6.   Strong ethical and moral character references
                     7.   Language skills adequate for high-level written, interpersonal, and telephone communication in
                          American English

                     1.   ASC experience
                     2.   Computer literacy
Job quality
                     1.   Accuracy
                     2.   Attention to detail
                     3.   Timeliness

                                     Operating room registered nurse (aka: Circulating Registered Nurse)

                         4.   Organization
                         5.   Leadership
                         6.   Physical stamina for working extra hours, if needed
                         1.   Attendance
                         2.   Punctuality
                         3.   Ability to follow instructions
                         4.   Ability to meet deadlines
                         1.   Ability to sit/stand for long periods; ability to walk
                         2.   Visual and auditory acuity for frequent use of computer, telephone, and occas
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