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Working As A Perioperative Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does A Perioperative Nurse Do At HCA

* Provides direct nursing care to patients undergoing surgical procedures with special emphasis placed on sterile technique, perioperative nursing care and provision of appropriate equipment.
* In collaboration with the patient, patient's family and members of the healthcare team, assesses, plans, implements and evaluates care.
* Assesses care received before, during and after surgery.
* Monitors the patient's physical and emotional well-being.
* In conjunction with healthcare team, creates and maintains a sterile and safe surgical environment.
* Administers medications and/or confirms medications placed on the sterile field.
* Documents medications used.
* Carries out physician orders.
* Provides pre- and post-operative patient/family education.
* Transports patients to the OR and positions them appropriately.
* After procedure is completed, transfers patient to carrier and, with anesthesia caregiver, transports patient to Recovery area.
* Takes emergency action as required.
* Physical Requirements (with or without accommodation): Requires frequent bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, moving, lifting of patients.
* Requires sufficient manual dexterity to operate equipment.
* Must be able to stand and/or to walk for long periods at a time.
* May be required to perform repetitive tasks and motions.
* Requires sufficient visual acuity to read charts and equipment displays.
* Requires ability to hear alarms, telephones and normal speaking voice.
* Work is in a surgical environment and frequent exposure to blood, body fluids and/or communicable diseases may occur.
* Good mental and physical health to work for long periods of time in a highly stressful atmosphere is required

What Does A Perioperative Nurse Do At Houston Methodist

* Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital's Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to Performance Evaluation.
* PEOPLE Responsible for training of staff regarding inventory, care and maintenance of supplies and instrumentation.
* Participate in the orientation, education and training of Operating Room staff as well as making arrangements for case observation and proctoring of physicians.
* FINANCE Identify cost savings initiatives including input and evaluation of new products in collaboration with Supply Chain.
* Assists in establishing a budget and allocation of proper resources.
* QUALITY/SAFETY Demonstrates sound clinical problem solving and critical thinking skills regarding the functionality of surgical instrumentation.
* Identify process improvement initiatives regarding surgery SERVICE Assists in managing and coordinating the effective scheduling of surgery among the OR suites in collaboration with management and Centralized Scheduling GROWTH/INNOVATION Assist educator in developing detailed competencies that address all aspects of the scrub and circulating roles during procedures.
* Assist in actively marketing the service line programs and encourage multidisciplinary usage function.
* Evaluate patient outcomes to ensure appropriate trends.
* OPERATING ROOM NURSE ROLE: JOB RESPONSIBILITIES PEOPLE Identifies leadership opportunities for professional growth of unit staff, provides coaching to meet identified goals.
* Communicates in an active, positive and effective manner to all health care team members; mentors other staff in effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
* Anticipates needs of other team members; proactively offers assistance.
* Mentors students, provides oversight for student/new employee preceptorships.
* SERVICE Develops and updates plan of care in partnership with the patient and family; mentors others regarding specialty populations; audits plan of care.
* Develops informational/educational resources and programs.
* Advocates for patients and families in preventing/resolving clinical or ethical issues; develops supportive unit practices and guidelines.
* Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
* Performs as a role model and mentors other staff/team members in developing therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
* QUALITY/SAFETY Provides care as the staff nurse leader to complex patients and leads the interdisciplinary team in implementing plan of care.
* Demonstrates highly developed assessment, clinical, documentation, and analytical skills; integrates and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols.
* Plans for routine events and anticipates/prevents and resolves emergent situations.
* Contributes to meeting departmental targets for quality and safety measures on unit-based scorecard.
* Ensures that self and other staff members promote effective and efficient communication with patients and families, acts as a mentor and role model to staff members regarding effective communication.
* Manages assignment of complex patients and other unit demands.
* Reports --near misses-- as well as errors promptly and consistently to improve systems and processes and identify trends.
* Role models situational awareness, using teachable moments to improve safety.
* Recommends and leads improvements in patient safety-related processes at unit or service line level.
* Audits adherence to unit and hospital initiatives such as National Patient Safety Goals.
* Identifies opportunity for practice changes.
* Researches the change and presents solutions to shared governance and leadership.
* Leads the change and performance improvement initiative.
* Contributes to development of service line and hospital standards and guidelines; implements and monitors service line initiatives that improve designated core measure compliance.
* FINANCE Contributes to oversight of staffing and patient care resources; participates in decisions impacting operational and capital needs.
* Contributes to meeting departmental financial target on unit-based scorecard.
* GROWTH /INNOVATION Identifies, presents, and leads areas for improvement in patient care or unit operations and works in collaboration with teams to provide solutions by participating in unit projects and shared governance activities.
* Supportive of change initiatives.
* Adapts to unexpected changes.
* Acts as effective change agent.
* Reads and leads critique of evidence-based practice literature in nursing and related disciplines.
* Expands own nursing knowledge and serves as instructor in continuing education or formal program and expert consultation; coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes.
* Maintains level of professional contributions as defined in Clinical Career Path program guide.
* This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required.
* The Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises

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How To Become A Perioperative Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hmong

  • Korean

  • French

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Real Perioperative Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Perioperative Nurse II Sutter Health/California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2010 $92,227
Perioperative Nurse North Shore-LIJ Health System New York, NY Apr 02, 2013 $74,800
Perioperative Nurse Philippine Nursing Network, LLC Walnut Creek, CA Oct 01, 2010 $70,311
Perioperative Nurse Pasadena Advanced Surgery Institute Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2009 $70,000

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Top Perioperative Nurse Skills

  1. Plastic Surgery
  2. Individual Patient Care
  3. Surgical Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Scrubbed for all specialties: Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Gynecology, Vascular and Otolaryngology.
  • Document patient information obtained from interviews and prepare patients for surgical procedures.
  • Experienced and skilled in the Urology, Gynecological, General, Ear/Nose/Throat specialties.
  • Circulated and scrubbed General, Orthopedics, ENT, GYN/ OB, Ophthalmology, Endoscopy, and Plastic surgery.
  • Communicate patient status to patients' families and caregivers, and provide counseling and education on procedures.

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