RN - Same Day Surgery (Part-time or Relief Shift)

Posted Date: 7/21/2022

Job Location: St. Anthony Regional Hospital, 311 South Clark St, PO Box 628, Carroll, IA, 51401
Department: Same Day Surgery
Employment Type: Relief

Job Description

SUMMARY Coordinates total nursing care for the surgical patient and the patient receiving outpatient therapy. Works in cooperation with ancillary health care departments in maintaining standards for professional nursing practice and in providing quality care.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties as assigned.

Provides patient education, including pre and post-op teaching, self-care needs, medication teaching, pain management, etc.

Obtains vital signs, including temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.

Performs thorough and efficient preparation activities for patients scheduled for surgical procedures.

Excels in effective time management. Carries out assignments with minimum supervision and guidance.

Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to ensure complete pre-admission care and preparation for the day of surgery.

Coordinates, communicates, and exchanges information with Admissions, Surgery, Same Day Surgery, Anesthesia, and other inter-related departments within SARH.

Provides and coordinates services, exchange information and coordinate externally with physicians, office personnel, and other health care providers.

Develops/maintains quality patient education and pre-op teaching materials.

Maintains friendly and courteous interpersonal communication skills and a positive service attitude.

Evaluates quality of preadmission review program through quality improvement activities.

Starts IV's and discontinues IV's.

Administers medications as needed.

Maintains accurate and timely charting and documentation.

Performs physical and psychological assessments.

Makes appropriate referrals to other departments as needed.

Communicates effectively with physicians and CRNAs. Carries out and notes physician and CRNA orders.

Utilizes professional judgment and nursing skills, including critical thinking skills.

Interacts appropriately with other staff members.

Develops plan of care.

Prepares surgical charts for the next day.

Assists patients with turning and ambulation.

Checks charts for appropriate lab work and values, ensures that pre-op work is done as ordered.

Makes post-op call backs.

Assists with data collection for quality management.

Completes all other duties as assigned.

Complies with the Corporate Compliance Policy and all laws, regulations, and Standards of Conduct relating to the position and agrees to report any suspected violations of law or Standards of Conduct.

Complies with all applicable state and federal regulations.

Attends all mandatory meetings and programs.

Maintains a safe work environment using safe work practices, utilizing standard precautions and complying with hazardous waste procedures at all times as described in St. Anthony's Safety Policies on the Intranet.

Maintains the confidentiality of patient, resident, employee and organizational information.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Graduate of an accredited program of professional nursing. At least one-year experience in a related nursing field.

Additional knowledge, abilities, and skills required by this position.

-Possess positive communication skills

-Able to carry out assignments with minimum supervision and guidance.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before customers, patients, families and employees of the organization.


Graduate of an accredited school for nursing

Licensed to practice professional nursing in the State of Iowa.

Current BCLS certification required before starting employment

ACLS certification within six months of employment.

PALS certification within 1 year of employment for all full-time and part time staff, PALS not required for relief RNs.

Minimum of two years Med/Surg experience preferred.


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 regularly required to stand; talk and hear; and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 21 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 frequently exposed to blood-borne pathogens. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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