Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Preop and PACU Registered Nurse

    Job Location US-CA-Orange
    # 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:


    La Veta Surgical is a Multi-Specialty Surgical Center with 5 OR's and 1 GI Suite. We also have a 2nd site in Irvine, Ca where there are 2 OR’s and 1 GI Room.  We are a state-of-the-art center and are looking for a 3-4 Pre-Op / Recovery Nurses for Full Time, Part Time & Per Diem positions. A positive attitude and the ability to thrive in a fast paced environment are a must.

    Accountabilities / Responsibilities

    The Preoperative Registered Nurse is responsible for:

    • Assesses, plans, evaluates and ensures the implementation of the patient’s care to achieve identified outcomes and delivers safe patient care according to facility policy and procedure.
    • Assesses patient status on admission and on an ongoing basis. 
    • Implements appropriate standards of care based on assessment data and patient’s own goals. Goals are mutually set with the patient and family 
    • Coordinates nursing interventions to enhance achievement of expected outcomes and to ensure readiness for discharge.
    • Ensures provision of patient care daily in an organized and timely manner.
    • Adheres to all facility policies and procedures when providing patient care.
    • Utilizes nursing care standards when planning and implementing patient care.
    • Demonstrates ability to direct and provide for patient care in emergency situations.
    • Assesses learning needs according to patient’s level of understanding and readiness to learn.
    • Evaluates patient’s progress toward outcome achievement on an ongoing basis.
    • Revises plan of care based on change in patient status and/or information gathered at change of shift
    • Documents patient’s progress toward achievement of outcomes.
    • Directs others in the implementation of the teaching plan.
    • Assumes an active role in the provision of quality nursing care for patients receiving care.
    • Utilizes specialized nursing knowledge, nursing process and discriminative judgment while giving direct or indirect care.
    • Analyzes nursing care provided in the facility related to the established standards of care.
    • Participates in the monitoring and evaluation of nursing care provided.
    • Demonstrates ability to coordinate the nursing care provided in the facility.
    • Assigns patient care responsibilities based on patient needs and abilities of available staff.
    • Assumes charge nurse responsibility as assigned.
    • Demonstrates ability to make decisions concerning facility-based problems.
    • Participates on quality council to facilitate improvement of patient care. 
    • Participates in the orientation of nursing staff.
    • Participates in developing standardized patient education programs, as requested.
    • Participates in team conferences on assigned patients.

    The Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse is responsible for:

    • History and physical assessment of patient.
    • Completes review medical record.
    • Verifies surgical/procedure site with patient and according to surgical schedule and patient History and Physical.
    • Provides instructions according to patient need.
    • Communicates with members of healthcare team.
    • Verifies patient history and physical present on medical record prior to procedure,
    • Completes proper identification of patient according to policy and current clinical practice guidelines.
    • Receives report from OR nurse and anesthesia personnel.
    • Monitors vital signs, recognize emergencies and notify Anesthesiologist.
    • Maintains or improves circulatory function.
    • Maintains patient normothermia.
    • Promotes physical comfort and provide emotional support and safety for patient.
    • Checks dressings, drains, tubes and patency of catheters as appropriate.
    • Assures availability and proper function of equipment.
    • Carries out MD orders.
    • Protects patient rights to privacy.
    • Assists with preoperative and postoperative patient calls.
    • Provides emergency care according to physician and administrative policy. 
    • Sets priorities to facilitate the flow of patient efficiently.
    • Cleans equipment according to procedure. 
    • Assists with preoperative and postoperative patient calls. 
    • Reviews charts for completeness and signatures of physicians. 
    • Assists with cleaning of preoperative and recovery room areas according to policies and procedures. 
    • Prepares and restocks area for following day. 
    • Checks inventory and notifies appropriate staff member to re-order.
    • Notifies appropriate staff member to order non-drug supplies. 
    • Initiates appropriate infection control measures. 
    • Maintains an environment that promotes safety:
      • n Temperature range
      • n Electrical safety measures
      • n Oxygen and Suction Equipment
      • n Resuscitation Equipment
      • n Noise Control
      • n Traffic Control
      • n Control of Contamination

    Discharge Care:

    • After stabilizing the patient, request Anesthesia exam and discharge order or discharge per criteria as appropriate.
    • Explain discharge instructions with patient, family, responsible adult.  
    • Assist patient in dressing.
    • Transport patient to family using transportation safety.
    • Discharges patient upon order of anesthesiologist and/or attending physician in accordance with procedure. 
    • Arranges transfer of patient to hospital, as needed, according to procedure as ordered by physicians.
    • Completes discharge Follow-Up per policy and current clinical practice guidelines.
    • Contacts each patient the next business day following the procedure to assist with any problems or questions that may have developed. 


    • Must be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing with a current nursing license in the state of Ca.
    • ACLS, BLS & PALS certification is required.
    • Pre-Op or PACU experience required.
    • Critical Care, ER and/or ASC experience

    Please click HERE to apply. 



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