Gritman Medical Center

  • Staff RN - Surgical Services

    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Gritman Medical Center
    Part Time (non-benefited)
  • Overview

    The Staff Registered Nurse (RN) is a licensed professional nurse accountable for age appropriate patient assessment, care planning, patient care and monitoring of patient outcomes to care. The RN must be competent to implement all phases of the nursing process. 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 AORN, the Idaho State Board of Nursing, American Nurses' Association and the Joint Commission. 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.


    Under the direction of the Director of Surgery performs surgical tasks as they relate to the care of the patient in the Perioperative setting. Demonstrated knowledge of nursing process as it relates to the care of the surgical patient during the Perioperative phase. Understands, and practices sterile technique, surgical principles. May be involved with care/service to patients over the continuum of the life span.


    Minimum Education
    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.

    Required Licenses
    [Idaho, United States] Registered Nurses
    Required of all nurses:
    Current registered nursing license in the State of Idaho or compact state. Current Basic Life Support (BLS).

    Additional departmental requirements:
    Surgery: ACLS (recommended)

    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.


    Minimum 2 years experience as a Surgical RN required.


    Organizational Expectations
    Provides a positive and professional representation of the organization.

    Promotes culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, reporting, documentation, and prevention.

    Maintains hospital standards for a clean and quiet environment.

    Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments in related scope of job role or practice.

    Participates in ongoing quality improvement activities.

    Maintains compliance with organization’s policies, as well as established practices, protocols, and procedures of the position, department, and applicable professional standards.

    Complies with organizational and regulatory policies for handling confidential information.

    Demonstrates excellent customer service through his/her attitude and actions, consistent with the standards contained in The Gritman Way.

    Essential Functions
    Resource Planning & Surgical Preparation:
    1. Works in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesia providers, and surgical techs in patient care.
    2. Works as a team with the same to gather case cart, needed supplies, equipment, positioning devices, etc for assigned cases.
    3. Wipes down the operating room furniture and spotlights prior to the first surgery of the day as required.
    4. Prepares the operating room and positioning devices, equipment, etc for surgery.
    5. Performs sharps, sponge, and instrument counts with the surgical tech, according to policy
    6. Orders and restock supplies in assigned areas.
    7. Practices proper aseptic techniques.
    8. In collaboration with the surgeon and surgical tech insures proper identification and proper care of all specimens. logs specimens into GIS in Pathology office.
    9. Has age specific knowledge and understanding of standard surgical equipment (i.e., tourniquet, spotlight, suction, cautery, etc.)
    10. Participates in orientation of new personnel and students.
    11. Assumes additional work responsibilities to help meet department needs (i.e., call)
    12. Follows all hospital and department safety regulations.
    13. Follows personnel guidelines in regards to attendance, punctuality, earned leave, and leaving facility for personal business during scheduled work hours.
    14. Cooperates with the risk management/nursing Continuous Quality Improvement in preparing reports and follow-up plans.

    Financial Responsibility:
    1. Uses supplies economically.
    2. Assists with identification of worn or damaged surgical equipment.

    Surgery Department Mission:
    Interacts with courtesy and respect with patients, visitors, and staff members.

    Performance Improvement:
    1. Maintains current knowledge of professional techniques and practices through continuing education.
    2. Actively participates in unit meetings and educational programs involving nursing care.
    3. Able to search MSDS on line.
    4. Knowledgeable of location of hospital and department policies and all hospital/department policies and procedures pertaining to the operating room department.

    Other Responsibilities:
    1. Values Behaviors: It is essential that all employees are able to support the values of Gritman Medical Centers Surgery Department. Each person is expected to interact effectively with physicians, patients, visitors, and staff, as well as demonstrate a commitment to service, hospital values, and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
    a. Reverence – Create a workplace that fosters community and respects the inherent dignity of every person. Create a workplace that promotes employee participation and ensures safety and well-being.
    b. Integrity – Exercise good faith and honesty in all dealings and transactions. Avoid conflicts of interest and /or the appearance of conflicts of interest. Provide accurate and truthful information in all transactions.
    c. Compassion – Exercise responsible stewardship of both human and financial resources. Maintain and protect the confidentiality of patient, employee, and organizational information.
    d. Excellence – Maintain a high level of knowledge and skill among all who serve in order to provide a high quality of care.

    Must be open to additional responsibilities as required by Department Director, or designated individual.

    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
    Occasional- Maximum of 40 lbs. floor to waist, 2xper hour, 12 x day.
    Frequent- Maximum of 2-8 lbs., floor to overhead, 10xhour,60 x per shift.
    Items Lifted - CPM, Trays, IV's, linen, medical equipment

    Transfers: Bed-Bed, Floor-Bed, Stand Pivot, Bed-Chair: Min- Max Assist required up to 30 times per 12 hour shift. Up to 8 times per hour.

    Push/Pull: Moderate force required for bed and W/C pushing from 5-100 yards. Minimal force to push trays, medical carts etc., Total pushes per day: up to 30.

    Carry: 2-8 lbs

    Fine Motor: High level required for injections, computer use etc. Standing: up to 5 hours at one time and 10 hours per day

    Sitting: up to 30 minutes at one time and 2 hours per day.

    Kneeling: up to 5 minutes at one time and 15 minutes per day. Stooping: up to 15 minutes at one time and 1 hour per day.

    Climbing: up to 1 minutes at one time and 5 minutes per day.

    Environmental Conditions
    Works indoors in heated/air conditioned surgical suite.

    Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, day shift.

    May be required, on occasion, to work other shifts or function in other roles to facilitate department needs.

    Exposure to diseases and disease-producing organisms, possible caustic gases or chemicals and radiation (Category I).

    Requires sharing of call duty in accordance to Operating Room policy.


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