Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Registered Nurse - Pre-Op/Recovery Room

    Job Location US-OH-Columbus
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    POSITION OBJECTIVE:  The RN in the Pre-Op area and Recovery Room provides expert professional nursing care for the patient during the pre and post-operative course.  The RN assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the care of the patient.  The RN will assure that the patient is prepared for discharge by providing the necessary education to the patient and his/her responsible caregiver.

    Accountabilities / Responsibilities

    • Work with all members of the health care team to provide optimal care to the patient throughout his/her surgical experience.
    • Maintain a friendly, positive and caring attitude with all patients, physicians and staff.
    • Maintain excellent physical and mental health.
    • Provide patient education during all phases of the patient’s experience at the Center.
    • Ensure that the proper supplies and equipment are available in the Pre-Op and PACU.
    • Ensure that equipment is functioning properly.
    • Assist supervisor with preparation of budget.
    • Charge for all supplies used in Pre-Op and PACU.  Assist with inventory control by proper count of supplies/time used.
    • Appropriately document patient care provided.
    • Attend continuing education offerings to remain current with orthopaedic and ASC issues.
    • Display professionalism at work and in the community.
    • Take an active role on committees within the organization.
    • Identify actual and potential risks to patients and others.  Take action to minimize or eliminate risk and maximize safety in the facility.
    • Prepare for arrival of patients to the surgery center by ensuring that proper supplies and equipment are available.
    • Review the patient chart and health history to assure that the necessary pre-operative evaluations have been completed.  Ensure that consent form has been signed.
    • Admit and prepare patients for surgery.  Provide ongoing information to the patient and his/her caregiver to assure that they understand all procedures and feel as comfortable as possible.
    • Perform nursing assessment of patient, start IV and ordered medications.
    • Communicate with other health care team members to assure continuity of care.
    • Receive patient in the recovery room after surgery.  Assess and evaluate the patient.  Continuously monitor the patient during his recovery phase.  Document the status of the patient and the care provided.
    • Incorporate a sense of wellness by allowing the patient’s family to be reunited with him/her as soon as feasible and by encouraging self-care by the patient.
    • Provide discharge instructions to the patient and his caregiver, asking for confirmation of understanding.
    • Document charges for all supplies used during the pre-op and recovery phase.
    • Perform follow up patient assessment by calling the patient the day after surgery.
    • Remain prepared for emergency situations by knowing correct emergency procedures, locations of emergency call system and location of emergency supplies and equipment.
    • Ensure that Universal Precautions are maintained.
    • Complete all necessary documentation on Recovery Room nurses’ record.
    • Assist with ordering drugs and supplies.
    • Wipe down gurneys and recliners between patients with a germicidal solution.  Remake beds as needed.
    • Perform narcotic counts at the end of each surgical day.
    • Perform daily crash cart checks.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Must be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing with a current nursing license in the state of Ohio. 
    • Must have current CPR certification.
    • ACLS certification is required.
    • Two years of PACU, ICU or ER experience is desired.
    • Experience in orthopaedic outpatient surgery preferred.

    Skills Required

    Interdependent Partnering

    • Communicates effectively and has an ability to work compatibly with all physicians and staff. 
    • Possesses strong organization skills and a clear understanding of the importance of efficiency and cost effectiveness in an outpatient surgery center.
    • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills by practicing active listening and responding appropriately to questions or written communications.
    • Consistently promote the provision of quality project planning by effectively communicating with other employees.
    • Remains professional in all situations.
    • Ability to assist in training newly hired staff on policies, procedures and processes
    • Responds in positive manner to constructive criticism.
    • Demonstrates tact and understanding when dealing with patients, team members, and members of other disciplines.
    • Demonstrates the ability to function as a team member.
    • Reports any concerns or issues related to patient care service/operations.


    Mastering Complexity

    • Must be able to make quick assessments of patients and be able to handle emergency situations appropriately.
    • Ability to multi-task and must have good follow-through skills.



    • Effectively interface with all areas of the surgery center (as necessary).
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.


    Customer/Marketplace Focus

    • Strong understanding of patients' needs.
    • Significant expertise in human relations.
    • Must be flexible in job duties and work schedule.



    • Must have the knowledge and clinical skills to perform the job duties of a Pre-Op and Recovery Room nurse.
    • Some knowledge of personal computers
    • Knowledge and functional understanding of the surgical equipment

    Work Environment

    • This position involves assisting patients in turning, rising from recliners and stretchers.
    • Assist patients in and out of wheelchairs; push wheelchairs.
    • Assist with moving patients on and off the operating room table.
    • This position also requires standing, stretching stooping, and bending.
    • Proper body mechanics will be utilized to transfer patients or equipment.


    Physical Demands: (e.g. works on a computer, use telephone, lifts up to 50 lbs.)

    • Ability to stand/walk for up to eight hours per day. 
    • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs and carry materials weighing up to 25 pounds.


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