Gritman Medical Center

Staff RN - Surgery/OR

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Gritman Medical Center
Full Time


This is a full-time, benefited, non-exempt position.


The Staff Registered Nurse (RN) is a licensed professional nurse accountable for direct and indirect age appropriate patient assessment, care planning, patient care and monitoring of patient outcomes to care and must be competent to implement all phases of the nursing process. The Staff RN collaborates with all patient care providers and the patient/family in the development of the patient care plan. The Staff RN is responsible for reporting patient status to the patient’s physician and/or LIP and obtaining orders for care. The Staff RN will demonstrate the ability to provide patient/family teaching that is age appropriate and accommodates for the individual learning needs of the patient. The Staff RN is also responsible for the education and mentoring of students, novice nurses and peers as well as promoting educational opportunities for self and others. The Staff RN will demonstrate safe and competent nursing care, reflective of the philosophy and standards of Gritman Medical Center, following the guidelines and rules set forth by the Idaho State Board of Nursing, American Nurses’ Association and the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. The Staff RN will have and maintain adequate physical and mental health to meet the RN job performance criteria. The Staff RN will demonstrate a code of conduct reflective of a professional health care provider and will act as a role model for other professional and non-professional staff. Gritman Medical Center’s mission, vision and values will be demonstrated in the daily practice of the Staff RN.


Qualifications, Education, Training, & Experience:

Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing and be eligible to take the Idaho State Nursing Board examination or to receive licensure by reciprocity.

The Staff RN must demonstrate competent performance of Gritman Medical Center's core nursing competency assessment requirements within 90 days of hire.

The RN will maintain department specific required core competencies, education, experience and certifications as defined in the policies of each nursing unit.

All Staff RN's must have 10 job appropriate CEUs per year and are expected to maintain knowledge of and utilize current nursing practices based on sound nursing and medical research.



Current registered nursing license in the State of Idaho or compact state. BLS required prior to hire. ACLS preferred. RNs and required to attend annual hospital and department skills fairs.


Required Skills:

Good knowledge and application of aseptic technique, surgical principles, procedures, and instrumentation. Demonstrates understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, and bacteriology. Ability to organize work, maintain good interpersonal relationships, function under stress, and to work under supervision. Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify the needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric patients. This knowledge and skills may be acquired through education, training, or experience.


Essential Functions
• Performs the primary functions of a professional nurse coordinator in assessing, planning, implementing, directing, & evaluating the care of patients in the surgery suite.
• Conducts daily scheduling & staffing of personnel into surgery suites for cases of the day.
• Performs day to day conflict resolution & problem solving.
• Functions independently as a clinical staff member of surgery team.
• Participates in Process Improvement activities.
• Assists the department director in daily decision making, strategic planning, & budget development.
• Assists with staff competency development & annual evaluation of job descriptions.
• Participates with department director in the annual Performance Appraisal process.
• Maintains daily communication with the Department Director.
• May function in Surgery Scheduler role when needed
• Enters times into system for payroll
Resource Planning & Surgical Preparation:
 Works in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesia providers, and surgical techs in patient care.
• Works as a team with the same to gather case cart, needed supplies, equipment, positioning devices, etc for assigned cases.
 Wipes down the operating room furniture and spotlights prior to the first surgery of the day as required.
 Prepares the operating room and positioning devices, equipment, etc for surgery.
• Performs sharps, sponge, and instrument counts with the surgical tech, according to policy
 Orders and restock supplies in assigned areas.
 Practices proper aseptic techniques.
 In collaboration with the surgeon and surgical tech insures proper identification and proper care of all specimens. logs specimens into GIS in Pathology office.
 Has age specific knowledge and understanding of standard surgical equipment (i.e., tourniquet, spotlight, suction, cautery, etc.)
 Participates in orientation of new personnel and students.
 Assumes additional work responsibilities to help meet department needs (i.e., call)
 Follows all hospital and department safety regulations.
 Follows personnel guidelines in regards to attendance, punctuality, earned leave, and leaving facility for personal business during scheduled work hours.
 Cooperates with the risk management/nursing Continuous Quality Improvement in preparing reports and follow-up plans.
Financial Responsibility:
 Uses supplies economically.
 Assists with identification of worn or damaged surgical equipment.


Population Served:

Neonate, Pediatric, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric. All genders, race, ethnic, sociopolitical, demographic, marital and sexual preference groups, developmental and physical abilities, religions, and nationalities. May have impairments of any or all body systems and senses.


Physical Demands:

Lifting Occasional- Maximum of 40lbs from floor to waist, 2x per day. 20lbs floor to waist 16x per day. Frequent: None. Items Lifted: CPM’s, patient belongings, lap top bags.

Transfers: Bed to bed, sit to stand, bed to chair, commode, hoyer lift. Stand by to Max assist required. Average of 2 max(A), 7 mod(A) and 5 min(A) per day. Primary dx: THR, TKR, wound care and CHF.

Push/Pull: Moderate force required to push a wheelchair 1-2 yards, 3x day.

Carry: 20lb lap top bag and medical bag up to 20 yards, 16x per day.

Fine Motor: High degree required for patient handling and computer use.  

Standing: Up to 30 minutes at one time and 90 minutes per day.

Sitting: Up to 2 hours at one time and 7 hours per day.

Kneeling: Up to 15 minutes at one time and 90 minutes in one day.

Crawling: Up to 1 minute at one time and 1 minute in one day.

Stooping: Up to 15 minutes at one time and 90 minutes in one day.

Driving: Up to 1 hour at one time and 3 hours in one day.

Climbing: Up to 2 minutes at one time and 20 minutes in one day.


Environmental Conditions:

Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne disease and other infectious diseases. Contact with patients under a wide variety of circumstances, including their home environment. May be exposed to/occasionally exposed to patient elements, i.e., accidents, injuries, and illnesses. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations; potentially violent or angry patients and families; emergencies and crisis situations. Occasionally subjected to irregular hours/shifts. Frequently required to function competently with multiple demands and tasks. Maybe exposed to environmental hazards in patient homes. May be exposed to noxious and potentially hazardous fumes.


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