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Job #21509
Clinical Nurse I, RN, BSN
Surgery Center
Full Time, Days, 3 12-Hour Shifts, Monday-Friday, Staggered Start (5:30am-11am)
3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007

  • 12-hour shifts
  • Minimal part-time availability; full-time schedule is three 12-hour shifts per week
  • Self-scheduling; 8-week schedules
  • Staggered shifts from 5:30am to 11pm, Monday-Friday
  • Minimal weekend on-call required

The Surgery Center

The Surgery Center provides pre- and postoperative care for patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The Surgery Center supports 23 operating rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient services along the following service lines: orthopaedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, thoracic, and general surgery. Our highest priorities are patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.
As a Surgery Center Nurse, you will coordinate the pre- and postoperative care of the surgical patient and ensure it is delivered safely in a fast-paced, complex environment. Surgery Center nurses provide 3 phases of care, including Pre-Op, Phase I Post-Anesthesia Care and Phase II Post-Anesthesia Care. Nurses are primarily assigned to one area per shift.
  • Pre-Op: The nurse is responsible for completing a preoperative assessment, obtaining a patient history, administering preoperative medications, completing patient education, and providing emotional support to the patient and their loved ones while working in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to complete the necessary safety checks prior to entering the OR.
  • Phase I Post-Anesthesia Care: In this immediate postoperative phase of recovery, the nurse continually assesses and addresses basic life-sustaining needs of the patient. Nursing care focuses on airway management, re-establishing hemodynamic stability with frequent surgical site and vital sign assessments, and pain management. In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the nurse will use critical thinking to determine the next most appropriate level of care and facilitate the safe transfer of the patient to that location, including discharge home, admission to an inpatient bed, or transitioning to an intensive care setting.
  • Phase II Post-Anesthesia Care: Phase II nursing care consists of assessing the patient for the appropriateness of discharge home while preparing the patient and loved ones for safe self-care at home. Effective patient education is essential in this phase of recovery. Nursing judgment, critical thinking and patient advocacy are essential when evaluating the recovery status and readiness of the patient to be discharged home.
The Surgery Center values nursing education and professional development. As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a clinical nurse educator and customized to the nurses' skills and experience. Additionally, the clinical nurse educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all Surgery Center associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates, and suite attendants.
  • Two years of perioperative or critical care experience is required.
  • Experience with Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) is an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be a quick thinker and able to remain calm and professional in emergencies.
  • Exceptional customer service skills, including effective listening skills and service recovery.
  • Critical thinking, multi-tasking, prioritization, and decisive judgment in a fast-paced, acute care environment are required.
  • Flexible, adaptable and willing to take on new challenges. The desire to seek out additional responsibilities and opportunities is desirable.
  • BSN required.
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider required. ACLS and PALS required within three months of hire.
As part of our compensation package, our full-time, hospital-based clinical nurses may receive additional benefits that include:
  • Outstanding educational opportunities, including up to $6,000 of tuition assistance annually.
  • Professional development opportunities, including Collaborative Governance and a financially-incentivized Clinical Advancement Ladder.
  • Relocation reimbursement (based on eligibility).
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal opportunity for all candidates for employment and employees.
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