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Perioperative Charge Nurse

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Job Description:

This position requires a MINIMUM of 2 years of recent Operating Room experience (as an RN) to apply. Charge experience highly preferred.

For the right candidate; AVH will be happy to pay a very generous relocation/sign on bonus, provide temporary housing (up to 90 days), offer highly competitive compensation & a comprehensive benefits package.

The Perioperative Charge Nurse provides professional nursing care in accordance with known/accepted standards of practice and AVH policy. The Perioperative Charge Nurse Utilizes the Nursing Process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care. The Perioperative Charge Nurse works in support of the medical staff treatment plan and makes recommendations for changes to medical treatment plan as appropriate. The Perioperative Charge Nurse educates patients and family around the plan of care and disease management. The Perioperative Charge Nurse actively supports the nursing philosophy by striving for excellence in patient care, professional development, interpersonal relations, time management, and continuous quality improvement. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will function in a leadership role in the department. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will assist the unit director with functions of staff scheduling, policy development, education, in-service and coordination of patient care as indicated. The Perioperative Charge Nurse performs as a role model, team leader and engages in improvement opportunity assessment and action as indicated. The Perioperative Charge Nurse works in a collaborative manner with executive and management staff and other leaders and teams to achieve desired goals. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will be an active member of the entire department, with the ability to help in roles outside of surgically specific job duties if needed. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will work collaboratively with others within the department to ensure an efficient, professional and respectful environment. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will work with other departments as well in regards to patient safety and communication.
NURSING PROCESS AND CLINICAL PRACTICE SKILLS Fully competent in primary nurse role on unit; performs patient and family assessment & problem identification, plans care accordingly, implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved. Develops a problem based plan of care for every patient with appropriate nursing interventions Records pertinent clinical documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements, professional standards and hospital policy. Prioritizes patient situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner Responds to clinical needs of patients in accord with experience, nursing standards, and hospital/nursing policies and procedures. Makes value-added resource decisions for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment, and acuity of care PATIENT TEACHING Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient's learning style, readiness to learn and self-care needs Evaluated the effectiveness of patient learning CARE COORDINATION Coordinates with all members of the hospital team in order to address patient care, resolve problems, and improve the delivery of multidisciplinary care on a daily basis Applies individual and group problem solving; shares knowledge with others freely, consults openly, and assists others to interpret data Uses verbal and written communication methods effectively Provides input into refinement of nursing care plans developed by others PATIENT SAFETY & CONFIDENTIALITY Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards Identifies and promotes new learning around changing patient safety standards of practice Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care Follows all security, confidentiality, and privacy policies PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION Develops professional goals and diversity of responsibilities within nursing practice; consistent with hospital mission and goals Demonstrates role awareness and seeks individualized/department specific continuing education that improves patient care or professional practice: antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, or neonatal Able to express nursing values around patient/family centered care and assists others to achieve shared understanding Active participant in quality improvement processes Identifies need to seek out additional information when needed and apply relevant findings to nursing practice LEADERSHIP Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional decision making Participates and contributes to unit meetings and activities Develops staff to maximize the strength of the individual and the team. Actively participates on improvement teams, functional teams or development teams. Involves team members in performance improvement activities. VII. UNIT SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Proficient in Perioperative Charge Nurse care. Provides expertise and knowledge in establishing, reviewing and revising policies, procedures, and protocols. Ensures daily staffing needs are met according to staff skill mix and identified patient needs while maintaining acceptable staffing standards. Maintains appropriate resources to accomplish patient care goals. Maintains budget requirements and ensures productivity during periods of low census. Communicates appropriately and timely with the department director any concerns regarding patients, healthcare providers, or staff. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will be responsible for working on Policies and Procedures, Preference Cards, Charges and other needed projects as assigned by the Director for the department when not engaged in cases. The Charge Nurse will responsibly document Charges in both the EMR, as well as when Pulling /Taking supplies for cases though Pyxis. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will show competency with all equipment, systems or procedures that are performed within the Perioperative Charge Nurse Services Department. Assistance with any needed functions within the department. This includes, but is not limited to: Housekeeping Functions, Assisting in Sterile Processing/Instrument Cleaning, Materials Management and Room Stocking, and Floating to other Departments within Surgical Services or the Hospital if needed. These roles will be assigned by the Director as needed. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will be dressed in AVH Scrubs at the assigned start of the shift, ready to perform their job duties. The Perioperative Charge Nurse will communicate clearly with the Director and other staff in regards to plans for procedures, patient flow and personal needs. POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA Ensure developmentally appropriate care for all patients. CORE VALUES Patient Centered:is passionate about patient care, creating positive impressions on a consistent basis and exceeding our patients' expectations. Exhibits courtesy and sensitivity to the needs of patients and their families, responds with a sense of urgency to patient problems, anticipates patient requirements, responds proactively and places the patient's safety above all else. Teamwork:works collaboratively with physicians and other staff and assists whenever possible. He/she openly shares information, provides feedback and participates in appropriate decision making as part of a team of healthcare professionals. Hospital and departmental objectives are placed ahead of individual agendas Respect for Others:actively listens to others, takes other opinions into account, and communicates openly and honestly. He/she demonstrates respect for others by being timely with communications, completion of tasks, and meeting attendance. The employee is respectful of all physicians, colleagues, patients, visitors, and other stakeholders Accountability:takes responsibility for his/her actions, abides by the hospital's guiding philosophies and policies, and follows through on commitments and physician orders. He/she provides complete and accurate information to the Physician and/or other members of the work team. takes personal pride and ownership in the quality of care and services provided to all internal and external customers Integrity:is truthful, trustworthy, and principled. He/she demonstrates character, conviction, and honest and ethical behavior in all interactions with others. The employee's word can be trusted. Behavior is consistent with these AVH Core Values


-- 2 years of perioperative nursing experience required.


-- Current Colorado nursing license

-- Current BLS certification

-- ACLS within six months of hire


-- Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail

-- Relatively high degree of analytical abilities

-- Strong interpersonal skills required

-- Ability to work independently


-- Ability to read and communicate effectively in English


-- Normal patient care environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust and temperature

-- May be exposed to communicable diseases through normal or careless performance of responsibilities

-- May be exposed to mechanical dangers associated with mechanical devices

-- May be exposed to stressful situations

Keywords: Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen , Perioperative Charge Nurse, Healthcare , Aspen, Colorado

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