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Registered Nurse Pre/Post Op PRN

Hughston Clinic

Hughston Clinic

Columbus, GA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023

** Work Schedule: Various 12hr shifts per week, with flexibility as needed. *

Position Goal

The Registered Nurse (RN) performs the functions of assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care for the assigned patients on the unit during a shift. The RN is responsible for meeting the Standards of Practice, which includes managing all assigned personnel, supplies, and equipment on the unit, and for the promoting collaboration with all members of the health care team. The individual demonstrates personal and professional responsibility, participates in creating an atmosphere of teamwork and coordination and assumes responsibility for their own professional development.

Position Responsibilities:

ASSESSMENT: Includes appropriate interviewing techniques, systematic physical assessment and interpretation of available data including: past medical history, current medical status, vital signs, lab work, x-rays and other diagnostic tests. It should encompass the spiritual, psychological, physiological, social, and age appropriate needs of the patient.
* Consistently, independently conducts a thorough admission interview and systematic physical assessment.
* Consistently, independently collects and interprets all appropriate patient data and reviews pertinent findings with anesthesia.
* Assesses the need for services of other health care professionals to facilitate the delivery of care.

PLANNING: Includes the development of a written plan of care that utilizes the data collected in the assessment process, incorporates the medical plan of care, demonstrates knowledge of resources available, sets priorities and establishes realistic outcomes and discharge planning.
* Independently develops/revises an appropriate age specific patient care plan
* Attends and participates in patient care conferences, when applicable/
* Initiates and coordinates patient care conferences, when applicable

IMPLEMENTATION: Includes organization, prioritization and implementation of a safe therapeutic patient care regimen, recognizing the dynamics of changes that may occur and adjusting the plan of care to accommodate those changes. In addition, demonstrates an understanding of medication administration i.e. right patient, drug, route, dose, time, indications, drug interactions and side effects. Also demonstrates knowledge of the proper use, troubleshooting, and maintenance of all equipment utilized to carry out the patient care regimen.
* Independently organizes and implements a safe, therapeutic and efficient patient care regimen at all levels of acuity
* Sets appropriate priorities and completes assignments independently
* Is aware of changing clinical status, anticipates problems and independently adapts plan of care to meet patient needs as clinical status changes and reviews pertinent findings with anesthesia and/or the surgeon.
* Demonstrates knowledge of location, operation and care of all equipment (eg. Istat, Glucometer etc) necessary to function on the unit independently. Can trouble shoot minor equipment problems

EVALUATION: Includes a review of the effectiveness of a patient plan of care, based on patient progress, changing clinical status and appropriateness of expected outcomes. As a result of this review, the plan of care is continued, revised or expected outcomes are adjusted.
* Evaluates effectiveness of plan of care, based on patient progress versus expected outcomes, and independently revises plan or adjusts expected outcomes.

* Complies with surgical site verification and time out policies.
* Reviews the planned procedure and verifies the surgical consent and other pertinent paperwork with the patient and other healthcare providers
* Verifies surgeon privileges
* Verifies all equipment is functioning and inspects for safety prior to use.
* Implements appropriate patient positioning while maintaining proper body alignment for all types of procedures.
* Verifies the sterility of all items prior to use when applicable
* Provides appropriate shielding for both the patient and the surgical team when using X-ray.

*Reflects the changes in patient condition, care given and response to care given. It should demonstrate an awareness of responsibility of medical/legal implications through content and legibility requirements as needed.
* Electronically documents on admission assessment, nursing care plan, flow sheets, medication administration record and nurses notes all pertinent information, in a manner that is concise, thorough, legible and accurately reflects patient condition, care provided, response to care and conforms to HSC’s policy and procedures
* Assists others in developing accurate and thorough documentation skills

* Demonstrates advanced knowledge of disease processes, medications and treatments through sound nursing practice and appropriate use of resources independently.

* Actively pursues appropriate continuing education and certifications.
* Attends and actively participates in unit in-services, patient conferences, and/or workshops annually
* Attends mandated in-services.
* Applies acquired knowledge in patient care practice.
* Attends 50% of department staff meetings, and signs minutes of meetings not attended.
* Maintains up-to-date BLS, ACLS, PALS (if not certified must take first available class) safety training, and TB testing.
* Completes annual/critical competencies identified for assigned department.
* Demonstrates awareness of changes and advances in field.
* Takes responsibility for determining learning needs and seeks out opportunities for such

Experience: At least 1 year of Pre and Post Op nursing experience preferred

Education: GA RN license in good standing. AL license also preferred.

Special Qualifications:


  • Orthopedic Pre and Post Op experience.
  • BLS/ACLS/PALS required

The Hughston Clinic, The Hughston Foundation, The Hughston Surgical Center, Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics, Hughston Medical, Hughston Orthopaedics Trauma, Hughston Orthopaedics Southeast and Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital participate in E-Verify. This company is an equal opportunity employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.