Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Perioperative (OR) 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

    The Perioperative (OR) 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.


    •  Ability to correlate clinical data with patient’s medical and nursing care.
    • Ability to set priorities.
    • Ability to provide direction to others that is clear, concise and promotes efficiency throughout the clinical areas of the facility.
    • Ability to communicate well with patients, families, Teammates, physicians, other members of the healthcare team, etc.
    • Recognizes legal and policy limits of individual practice.


    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.


    Demonstrates appropriate knowledge and competence of designated skills identified for position in patient care duties.  


    • Checks updated schedule each morning and prepare supplies and equipment.
    • History and physical assessment of patient.
    • Completes review of medical record.
    • Maintains patient normothermia.
    • Promotes physical comfort and provide emotional support and safety for patient.
    • Administers and charts medications as ordered by physician.
    • Reinforces and clarifies physician instructions and explanation of procedures to patient.
    • Provides nursing care and appropriate monitoring according to policies and procedures.
    • Communicates relevant information to physician, Facility Manager and appropriate staff.
    • Verifies surgical/procedure site with patient and according to surgical schedule and patient History and Physical.
    • Obtains and verifies operative/procedure consent.
    • Communicates relevant information to physician, Facility Manager and appropriate staff.
    • Provides for patient safety by use of monitors, side rails, and assistance in ambulating and instruction on the use of call bell in bathroom.
    • Provides instructions according to patient need.
    • Completes nursing documentation on each operative procedure
    • Assembles cases according to schedule and preference cards.
    • In Pre-Operative Area, introduces self to patient, verifies patient identity, assesses patient’s physical needs, alleviates patient anxiety, clarifies operative site, and checks chart for necessary documentation.
    • Practices and monitors aseptic techniques.
    • Ensures that the surgical site time-out process is followed and completed.
    • Performs duties as circulating or scrub nurse.
    • Is responsible for positioning patient relevant to procedure with awareness of body alignment, circulation and pressure points.
    • Applies electrosurgical return electrodes, tourniquets, etc., according to physician preference, policies and procedures.
    • Provides necessary supportive equipment for patient comfort (i.e., pillows, blankets, protective paddings, etc…).
    • Accurately completes intraoperative record and inventory sheet.
    • Is accountable for accuracy and documentation of sponge, needle and instrument counts.
    • Properly labels and cares for specimens.
    • Provides and records all intraoperative medications and obtains physician signature of administration of same.
    • Maintains adequate room supplies.
    • Is knowledgeable of operation, cleaning and sterilization of instruments.
    • Is knowledgeable or operation and cleaning of surgical equipment.
    • Assists in stocking, replenishing, outdating and preparation of supplies.
    • Reviews and updates physician preference cards.
    • Has working knowledge of sterilizers and recorders.
    • Assists physician and anesthesia personnel as needed.
    • Provides emergency care according to physician and administrative policy.
    • Sets priorities to facilitate the flow of patient efficiently.
    • Cleans equipment and operating room/procedure room according to procedure.
    • Reviews charts for completeness and signatures of physicians.
    • Prepares and restocks area for following day.
    • Checks inventory and notifies appropriate staff member to re-order.
    • Notifies appropriate staff member to order supplies.
    • Initiates appropriate infection control measures.
    • Maintains an environment that promotes safety:
    • Temperature range
    • Electrical safety measures
    • Oxygen and Suction Equipment
    • Resuscitation Equipment
    • Noise Control
    • Traffic Control
    • Control of Contamination



    • Graduate of an Accredited School of Nursing.
    • At least one year of OR and/or medical / surgical nursing experience preferred. 
    • Current state licensure to practice. Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS)/Basice 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 of current PALS certification.
    • Specialty certification in Perioperative Nursing recommended.

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