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Circulating Registered Nurse (Circulating RN)

POSITION TITLE:  Circulating Registered Nurse (Circulating RN)

DEPARTMENT: Perioperative Services

REPORTS TO: Perioperative Services Nurse Manager

BASIC FUNCTION:  The Circulating Registered Nurse is responsible to the Perioperative Services Nurse Manager, and provides care, treatment, counseling, and health education to patients in the intraoperative phase.  The RN monitors patient’s physiologic and emotional status in the operative environment; provides continuous patient surveillance for early recognition and immediate emergency treatment of medical or surgical complications.   Communicates with surgeon and anesthesiologist and other members of the health care team about patient conditions and intercedes to maintain optimal homeostasis.  Assists with maintenance of surgical equipment, inventory, and sterilization.  Assess operating room for equipment function, readiness, supply availability and ensures need of operating team are met.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Education: Graduation from an accredited school of Nursing.  Valid registration as a Registered Nurse in the State of Colorado.  A temporary permit issued by the Board of Nursing will be accepted until a permanent license is received if awaiting reciprocity. Must have current BLS card within 3 months of initial employment and maintain current status throughout GRHD employment. Experience:  Prefer one year of professional nursing experience in an operating room patient care setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice and ability to give and evaluate patient care.  Knowledge of District policies, regulations and procedures to administer patient care.  Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care.  Skill in identifying problems and recommending solutions.  Skill in preparing and maintaining records, both written and on computer, and responding to correspondence.  Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, co-workers and the public.  Ability to maintain performance improvement and quality control standards.  Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.  Ability to communicate clearly.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use the hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  This position performs tasks that involve Category I exposure to blood borne pathogens, body fluids or tissues.  Exposure to patients’ conditions and some unpleasant sights, smells and diseases are common.  Frequent exposure to chemical hazards and may encounter radiation hazards.  May experience traumatic situations including psychiatric, dismembered and deceased patients.

 It must be understood that this job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position.

Competencies Required:

  • Professional Leadership:  Plans, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates nursing care for operative patients.  Supervises the work of the OR tech, Sterile Processing Tech, LPN, CNA, and OR coordinator as appropriate. Plans for personal growth and development.  Supervises orientation of and serves as a mentor to new Perioperative Services staff.
  • Clinical Outcomes Achievement:  Utilizes the nursing process to assess patient care needs and to implement, evaluate, and revise the patient’s operative plan of care.
  • Patient/ Customer Satisfaction:  Assesses and develops approaches to enhance areas of satisfaction and remedy dissatisfaction for patients, families, employees, and health care providers.
  • Financial Health: Utilizes human and material resources efficiently and ensures that equipment is maintained in good repair.

Competencies Encouraged:

Community Involvement: Participates in community events related to health-care and GRHD’s mission.




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Human Resources, EOE
Send resume/application to:  recruitment@grhd.org
P.O. Box 912
Rifle, CO  81650


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