RN - Operating Room

Posted Date: 4/2/2022

Job Location: St. Anthony Regional Hospital, 311 South Clark St, PO Box 628, Carroll, IA, 51401
Department: Surgery
Employment Type: Full-Time

Job Description

SUMMARY Coordinates and participates in providing perioperative nursing care to clients of all age groups.  Assists with orientation and supervision of personnel.  Consults with and keeps supervisor informed of unit activity.  Serves as a resource person to staff.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Addresses the psychosocial, physical, and general aspects of care related to the surgical environment. 

Communicates with surgeon and anesthesia continuously and as needed about patient condition.

Assesses operating room for equipment functioning and readiness, obtains supplies for individual cases, and ensures all appropriate needs of the surgical operating team are met.

Monitors, positions, and assists patient during procedure.

Directs and assists in carrying out safe aseptic techniques and procedures.  

Directs and assists in accounting for all sponges, sharps and instruments when appropriate.  

Participates in the maintenance, handling, location and care of surgical equipment and instrumentation.  

Responsible for circulating or scrubbing and maintaining accurate and complete records.  Able to assist in draping, room preparation, and cleaning after procedures.

Participates in accurate disposition of specimens.        

Participates in Performance Improvement and educational activities. 

Participates in cleaning, packaging and sterilization of instruments and equipment.    

Participates in providing postoperative nursing care.  

Completes all other duties, including on call rotation 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 Manual.

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.


Associate's degree (A. A.) or graduate from a school of nursing.


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 professional nursing.

Licensed and currently registered as a professional nurse in the State of Iowa.

Minimum of one year experience in Med/Surg,  ED, ICU or another procedural area.

ACLS and PALS certification within twelve months of employment.

PACU class and/or competency-based orientation within six months of employment.


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.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and blood-borne pathogens.  The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of radiation.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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