Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Pre-OP/ PACU Registered Nurse

    Job Location US-CO-Greenwood Village
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    SCA, a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, strategically partners with health plans, medical groups and health systems across the country to develop and optimize surgical facilities. SCA operates more than 210 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 7,500 physicians. For more information on SCA, visit


    Facility Description:


    Mile High SurgiCenter is licensed by the State of Colorado and was established by clinical personnel to offer safe, high-quality surgical care. You will find that because the center specializes in outpatient surgery, our patients enjoy many advantages including personalized service and excellent medical care.

    Mile High SurgiCenter spans over 7,000 square feet. It is designed to give patients, friends and family a relaxing experience before, during and after the procedure. Mile High SurgiCenter also provides a high ratio of medical staff to patients in order to provide the highest quality experience and attentive care.

    Mile High SurgiCenter emphasizes our public commitment to continuous improvement and delivery of safe, high quality care through maintaining our Accreditation with The Joint Commission and to have a continued focus on maintaining and exceeding their standards of care.

    Accountabilities / Responsibilities

    Preoperative/Postoperative Registered Nurse - The Preoperative/Postoperative Registered Nurse is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and coordinating patient care from admission to discharge.  The Registered Nurse is responsible for the achievement of patient outcomes through implementation of critical pathways and in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the facility.



    Key Responsibilities:


    • To utilize specialized nursing knowledge and discriminative judgment while giving direct and indirect patient care.
      •  Responsible for patient’s admission and pre-operative care; holistic preparation for surgery, considering all needs, including pre-operative education, escort/family members, psychosocial needs, and acting under established protocols, practices, and standing orders.
      • Coordinates pre-operative lab work required for individual patients, documenting and reporting pertinent results.
      • Responsible for the patient’s post-operative care and stabilization; holistic preparation for return to the home environment, considering all needs, including post-discharge care, escort/family members, educational and psychosocial needs, and acting under established protocols, practices, and standing orders.
      • Performs thorough and accurate continual patient assessment, anticipating potential problems and reporting pertinent assessments to the anesthesiologist, supervisor, and/or surgeon appropriately.
      • Documents actions in medical record completely and accurately in a timely manner.
      • Keeps safety of patient, self, and others a primary concern at all times; acts appropriately in an emergency situation.
      • Acts as discharge nurse when assigned, giving holistic and thorough discharge education.
      • Demonstrates good nursing knowledge base and rationale for actions, including cardiac monitoring.
      • Supervises and directs, as delegated, the activities of non-professional personnel.
      • Utilizes equipment and supplies effectively and efficiently, assisting with stocking, replenishing, and preparation of supplies.
      • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisors.


    • To function effectively as a member of the Surgery Center team.
      • Participates as a team member in planning and implementation of patient care; takes responsibility for an adequate patient load, reviews schedule for next day.
      • Reports for work in a timely manner and maintains good attendance record.
      • Shows flexibility in accommodating schedule changes, i.e. working late or early, changing work days, etc.
      • Utilizes time effectively.
      • Organizes work effectively and appropriately to finish in a timely manner, and demonstrates the ability to produce results.
      • Demonstrates the ability to deal with other team members.
      • Monitors surgery schedule continually, communicating arrivals, cancellations, delays; communicates with reception desk, contacts patients or surgeons who are late.
      • Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm towards work.
      • Contributes to increased morale and positive attitude in the department and facility.
      • Demonstrates the ability to accept change.
      • Requires minimal supervision in daily tasks.
      • Reports pertinent information to Nurse Manager/Administrator. 
    • To support quality activities.
      • Participates in on-going committees and other educational programs to enhance patient care.
      • Makes post-operative phone calls, assessing patient status and reporting any pertinent information to supervisor and/or anesthesiologist.
      • Utilizes critical thinking and problem solving skills, making suggestions for improvement.
      • Performs and documents daily assignments, including general housekeeping and maintenance of work environment.
      • Develops communication skills and promotes inter-departmental relationships to ensure continuity of care.
      • Maintains current CPR certification and any advanced certifications.


    • Graduate of an Accredited School of Nursing. 
    • At least one year of medical/surgical nursing experience preferred. 
    • Current state licensure to practice.
    • Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS)/Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) within 90 days of employment or documentation of current BLS/BCLS certification. 
    • Successful completion of ACLS Course within 90 days of employment or documentation of current ACLS certification.
    • Successful completion of PALS Course within 90 days of employment or documentation or current PALS certification.

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