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RN - PACU, Same Day Surgery & PAT

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: September 12, 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:

Monday-Friday work week -days shift (no call, no evenings and no weekends), competitive compensation, relocation bonus, option for temporary housing to assist with relocation if needed, generous comprehensive benefits package, being part of a very cohesive & supportive team, and much more.

Job Overview:

The Same Day Surgery nurse will spend the majority of their time (90% or more) with the same day surgery department serving as an active member of the nursing team. The remaining 10% will be serving as PAT (pre-anesthesia testing) RN for surgical patients. Proficiency will be required within both roles.

Primary Scope of Responsibilities of Same Day Surgery RN:

  • The nurse provides nursing care to the pre-operative, phase two and the out-patient Peri-operative services patient.
  • The nurse prepares the patient for surgery including completion of the pre-operative check list, medications as ordered, preps and test so there will be no delays in care. Plans an efficient OR schedule for patients with interdepartmental and intra-departmental services and staff.
  • In addition to the normal patient teaching the SDS nurse is responsible for providing comprehensive pre-op, discharge teaching and health counseling. The SDS nurse is responsible for follow-up phone calls with additional teaching as necessary.
  • All nursing documentation and assessment of the patient is to be carried out in accordance to unit specific and hospital policy in ORM electronic documentation module. It is the responsibility of the SDS nurse to understand the functionality and use of new equipment.
  • Ensures developmentally appropriate care for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
  • 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 Charge Nurse or Director as needed.


Primary Scope of Responsibilities of Patient Navigator/PAT RN:

  • Works collaboratively with the anesthesiologist and the patient/family having surgery to ensure the patient and family are well-informed and prepared for surgery and all documentation is available preoperatively in the patients' chart. This responsibility may include pre-procedure and follow-up telephonic or electronic check-in, the mailing/shipment of information or materials, and connecting client to the appropriate clinical team for instructions, clarifications, or follow-up.
  • Works with clinical and administrative teams to schedule patients for services post-operatively. This may include working with hospital staff, orthopedic physicians, community physical therapists, and others to determine the best date and time to begin the services, arrange transportation and travel, transmit information collected, and seamlessly hand-off any established client relationship to the appropriate professional.
  • Keeps an accurate and complete record of all communications and work generated.
  • Maintains cooperative working relationship with hospital personnel and physicians in order to resolve problems and to enhance smooth and efficient delivery of services.
  • Communicates with physicians, nursing staff, families, and other disciplines to formulate a plan of care based on patient needs. Participate in the Transitions of Care team to coordinate the discharge process as a multidisciplinary plan of care. Provide frontline leadership support and orthopedic guidance for the inpatient nursing departments.
  • Supports the RN Case Management role with utilization review and discharge planning processes for orthopedic patients.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Current Colorado RN (or compact) license required upon hire.
  • Previous nursing experience required in at least one of the following areas is required: Same Day Surgery, PACU, PAT, or Operating Room
  • American Heart Association certifications:
    • BLS required
    • ACLS within 6 months of hire
    • PALS within 6 months of hire


Benefits & Compensation:

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 = $31.16/hr

Mid-Point = $40.52/hr

Our comprehensive benefits package includes generous paid time off, health insurance within your first 30 days, retirement, and much more can be viewed here.

Keywords: Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen , RN - PACU, Same Day Surgery & PAT, Other , Aspen, Colorado

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