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Registered Nurse – Operating Room

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: September 4, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Embrace the adventure of a career at Aspen Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a twenty-five-bed community hospital that represents the best of two worlds - the warmth and friendliness of a small town and the technical expertise of a major medical center. Our Award-Winning Hospital, nestled in the heart of Aspen, CO, includes a team of more than 500 people dedicated to making a difference for our patients, families, and community. Nationally we are recognized for providing some of the most exceptional patient care of any hospital across the country.

This Position Offers:

Generous relocation / sign on bonus, highly competitive pay, fully furnished temporary housing for up to 90 days to assist with relocation, 40 hours per week via a Mon-Fri 4x10's schedule, minimal call (one week night per week plus every 5th weekend), free on-call studio units, working side by side world renown orthopedic physicians (Steadman Clinic), excellent benefits package, Days Shift (Mon-Fri) only (no nights or weekends except when on call), four of North America's top ski resorts at your doorstep, and much more.

Job Overview:

The Operating Room RN provides professional nursing care in accordance with known/accepted standards of practice and AVH policy. Utilizes the Nursing Process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care. Works in support of the medical staff treatment plan and makes recommendations for changes to medical treatment plan as appropriate. The OR RN educates patients and family around the plan of care and disease management. Actively supports the nursing philosophy by striving for excellence in patient care, professional development, interpersonal relations, time management, and continuous quality improvement. The OR RN will be an active member of the entire department, with the ability to help in roles outside surgically specific job duties if needed. The OR RN will work collaboratively with others within the department to ensure an efficient, professional and respectful environment. The OR RN will work with other departments as well, in regard to patient safety and communication.

Primary Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Maintains competency in Perioperative procedures, equipment and standards of care according to AORN standards and unit specific Policies.
  • Always maintains sterile process, sterile consciousness, and decontamination and sterilization process as defined by AORN standards of care.
  • Researches and coordinates new-case-specific equipment and procedures. Then communicates that information to the Director, materials staff and other team members as necessary. Learning the functionality and operation of new equipment is the responsibility of the individual nurse.
  • The Nurse will maintain competency and take responsibility for medication administration in accordance with hospital policy. All narcotic discrepancies will be handled in accordance to hospital policy.
  • All nursing documentation and assessment of the patient is to be carried out in accordance to unit specific and hospital policy using electronic medical record documentation.
  • The Nurse will be responsible for working on Policies and Procedures, Preference Cards and other needed projects as assigned by the Director or Charge Nurse for the department when not engaged in cases.
  • The Nurse will responsibly document Charges in both the EMR, as well as when Pulling /Taking supplies for cases through Pyxis.
  • The Nurse will show competency with all equipment, systems or procedures that are performed within the Perioperative Services Department. This relates to the position of Circulating Nurse and Scrub Nurse should the employee act in both roles.
  • 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 Perioperative Services or the Hospital if needed. These roles will be assigned by the Charge Nurse or Director as needed.
  • The Nurse will be dressed in AVH Scrubs at the assigned start of the shift, ready to perform their job duties.
  • The RN will communicate clearly with the Charge Nurse, Director and other staff in regards to plans for procedures, patient flow and personal needs.
  • 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
  • Fully competent in the primary nurse role on unit; performs patient and family assessment and problem identification, plans care accordingly; implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved.
  • Maintain competency in the care of the medical surgical patient with emphasis on orthopedic and general surgeries.
  • Maintain competency in the care of the pediatric patient.
  • Maintain competency in the care of the patient requiring telemetry monitoring.
  • Cross-train to OB and the care of the postpartum patient (or ICU when approved by director).


Minimum Qualifications, Certifications, Licensure & Requirements:

  • Current Colorado RN License (or compact) is required
  • Required certifications specifically through American Heart Association:
    • BLS required upon hire
    • ACLS required within six months of hire
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as an Operating Room RN at a Joint Commission accredited facility is required
  • Minimum of 1 year of Orthopedic experience as an OR RN is required
  • Successful completion of Periop 101 preferred
  • Scrub and Circulating experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills required


Compensation & Benefits:

Hire-in rates of pay are based upon the relevance of years of experience, education and certifications. Our talent acquisition team will help you understand how your direct experience will be considered.

Pay range for new hires:

Minimum = $47.11/hr

Mid-Point = $48.99/hr

Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous Paid Time Off, Health Insurance within your first 30 days, Retirement, the details can be viewed here.

Keywords: Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen , Registered Nurse – Operating Room, Other , Aspen, Colorado

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