The University of Kansas Health System

  • RN

    Department Perioperative RN
    Shift Days - Full-Time
    Requisition ID
    Position Location
    Great Bend Campus
    Great Bend
  • Position Summary

    Working in the PreOp/PACU setting assumes responsibility and accountability for facilitating, communicating, and collaborating with both the healthcare team, and the patient/family to identify and meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient. Promotes the optimal health, well-being and safety of the patient through use of the nursing process and in accordance with patient care standards, guidelines and the State Nurse Practice Act. Demonstrates personal accountability for relationship-based care, organizational mission, and core values.


    Core/Major Duties: 

    • Assess patient’s physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs through observation, interview, review of medical records & clinical data. Evaluates patient’s response and intervenes to ensure optimal patient outcome.
    • Performs airway management.
    • Identifies physical symptoms changes and provides appropriate treatment.
    • Demonstrates established techniques of safe administration of medications and parenteral fluids, according to hospital policies and procedures.
    • Develop and implement patient plan of care and observe outcomes in accordance with nursing standards and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
    • Demonstrate competency in a variety of therapeutic/diagnostic interventions including but not limited to IV’s, incision/wound care, medication administration, catheterization and specimen collections.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of anesthetic drugs, actions, and side effects.  Demonstrates ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. 
    • Promote, advocate and collaborate to protect the health and safety and rights of each patient.
    • Provide patient/family education through assessment of patient/family learning readiness, needs, and ability. Provide teaching and evaluate effectiveness of teaching.
    • Delegates to non-RN personnel in accordance with State Board of Nursing and hospital policy.
    • Effectively uses time, personnel, equipment and supplies to provide high quality, cost effective patient care.
    • Manages resources and patient flow through matching nursing competencies with individualized patient’s and unit needs.
    • Uses standards of care, hospital policies/procedures and regulatory guidelines to guide practice.
    • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
    • Precepts/mentors new staff or nursing students as needed.
    • Seeks out learning opportunities and continuing education.  Seeks experiences that reflect current practice in order to maintain skills and competence in clinical practice or role performance. Use current healthcare research findings and other evidence to expand clinical knowledge, enhance role performance, and increase knowledge of professional issues
    •  Maintains professional records that provide evidence of competency and lifelong learning.
    • Adapts to rapidly changing technology as evidenced by competency in technology and equipment used in the patient care setting.
    • Thorough and confidential maintenance of patient charts and records. Document ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes in accurate, timely manner. Use information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
    • Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain a steady level of productivity; self motivated. Organizes and manages activities reflecting due consideration for the needs of the department and staff.

    HIPAA:  This position will have access to the following Protected Health Information in order to carry out the duties related to their position based on the following criteria:


    Primary – required (routine) to do the job;
    Secondary – required for the job, but mostly be exception; and
    None – no approved access


    Description of InformationLevel 
    Patient Demographic Information (information used to identify a person): Name, Date of Birth, Address, Race, Marital Status, ReligionPrimary 
    Financial Information/Insurance (information related to insurance, billing and payment): Billing Information, Payer Name, Payer ID, Account Balances, Plan Elements Covered, Payment Information, Payment Rates
    Clinical Information (information that describes a patient’s health status): Diagnosis, Reports/Medical Notes, Test Results, Problem List, Procedures, History and Physical
    Coding Information (clinical information that is in (alpha) numeric format): Rev Codes, CPT Codes


    Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing required for new graduates, preferred for experienced RN's.
    One year experience preferred Nursing skills and knowledge base specific to specialty

    Certificates and Licenses:
    Current state nursing licenses or RN license from a participating state in the National Licensure Compact
    Current BCLS certification
    Current PALS certification
    Current ACLS Certification


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