The primary purpose of the Staff Nurse (Circulating/Scrub) position is to be accountable for achieving patient goals through creating and maintaining a safe environment for the patient undergoing procedures while anesthetized or sedated. The role of the circulating RN is patient centered, and is essential for timely delivery of quality care and optimal patient outcomes in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. The OR nurse provides high quality nursing care through patient assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation and evaluation. Using sound nursing judgment, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal communication skills, the RN is able to ensure positive patient outcomes.
The Peri-operative Circulator/Scrub RN is knowledgeable in AORN Standards of Practice, ANA Standards of Practice, JCAHO Standards, National Patient Safety Goals/Sentinel Event Alerts, Patient Bill of Rights and State Department of Health Standards. This role is a member of the surgical team and performs/behaves in accordance with expectations set by the team and Perioperative leadership. The competent practice of the Professional Registered Nurse is evidenced by patient/family goal achievement, patient/family satisfaction, care and services thoroughly documented in accordance with American Nurses Association Standards of Clinical Practice, Joint Commission and the Accreditation of Hospital Standards, Patient Bill of Rights, Department of Health Standards and Policies and Procedures. As a professional staff and member of an interdisciplinary team, the Registered Professional Nurse exemplifies the behavioral expectation articulated for this role.