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Top Scrub Nurse Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Scrub Nurse. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Scrub Nurse resumes they appeared on. For example, 15.8% of Scrub Nurse resumes contained Patient Care as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Scrub Nurse actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Scrub Nurse resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Patient Care

high Demand
Here's how Patient Care is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Implemented patient care in accordance with the established policies and procedures.
  • Provided patient care before, during and after surgery.
  • Provided follow up patient care in the office for post op appt.
  • Provided patient care in ante-partum, intra-partum and post-partum settings.
  • Performed Head Nurse duties-Admissions-Administered Medications-Skin and Wound treatments-Performed patient assessments-Insurance charting/Patient care planning
  • Collaborated in conjunction with respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians and physician assistants for comprehensive patient care.

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2. Surgical Procedures

high Demand
Here's how Surgical Procedures is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Performed circulating nurse responsibilities during general surgical procedures
  • Managed the post-operative recovery of patients receiving multiple surgical procedures including the correction of congenital cardiac defects, and heart-lung transplantation.
  • Educated patients on various surgical procedures including corresponding pain management, medications, and self-care instructions.
  • Provided individual and family patient education concerning prescribed medications, surgical procedures, outcomes and obtained informed consents.
  • Initiated patient education programs to ensure that both patients and families are educated on post-surgical procedures and medications.
  • Obtained and documented patient history and medication list, assessed individual conditions and needs prior to surgical procedures.

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3. RN

high Demand
Here's how RN is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Communicated routinely with facility management and RN supervisors.
  • Trained newborn baby mothers how to care for babies which included breast feeding assistance along with other aspects of baby care.
  • Used nursing judgment on the administration of oxygen, fluids and turning the patient as the fetus handled labor.
  • Assisted pediatricians by assessing neonates' needs and provides routine newborn care.
  • Maintained accurate records of patient care, conditions progress and concerns.
  • Monitored fetus using both external and internal fetal monitors and TOCO.
  • Performed and complied research for publications in medical journals.
  • Worked Internal Medicine Clinic Medication Line and Breast Center.
  • Varied types of ophthalmic surgery including corneal transplants.
  • Learned OR skills, keeping a sterile field.
  • Assisted Rn with laboring and high risk patients.
  • Started working as a staff RN in 8/83.
  • Administered meth and controlled and kept strict record keeping, to help keep mom's and their unborn safe.
  • Managed the Orthopedic OR team of 8-14 RNs and Surgical Techs.
  • Functioned as unit resource for AORN(Association of PeriOperative Nursing) Standards and Latex Allergy issues.

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4. GYN

high Demand
Here's how GYN is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted with both complex and routine cases, including general, transplant, gynecological, trauma and plastic/reconstructive surgeries.
  • Served as a scrub nurse for ambulatory gynecology, plastics, and orthopedic procedures.
  • Experienced in scrubbing in gynecological, phaco-emulsification, laser, some laparoscopic, and endoscopic procedures.
  • Coordinated complex/experimental GYN Oncology Care/Treatments/Medication Regimes.
  • Provided patient education and teaching, immunizations and medication administration in fast paced obstetrics and gynecology outpatient department.
  • Experienced circulating in urology, gynecology, general surgery, neurology, orthopedics, vascular, and robotics.

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5. General Surgery

high Demand
Here's how General Surgery is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Administered nursing care to critically ill patients including but not limited to trauma, post-operative neurosurgery, cardiovascular and general surgery.
  • Provided holistic nursing care to post operative patients requiring extended hospitalization following orthopedic, plastic, reconstructive and general surgery
  • Directed nursing and administrative activities for Urology, General Surgery and Vascular specialties in Main Operating Room.
  • Delivered all aspects of care to a general surgery population that often included medical and psychiatric patients.
  • Performed assessments for a variety of patients including post-op urology, orthopedic and general surgery patients.
  • Provided quality care on orthopedics, general surgery, oncology, plastics, urology and dermatology.

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6. Ortho

high Demand
Here's how Ortho is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Experienced with the casting and splinting of multiple types of orthopedic injuries.
  • Trained as a scrub for orthopedic, general and ENT surgeries.
  • Created casts and splints for multiple types of orthopedic injuries.
  • Expedited Ortho cases by identifying Orthopedic Staff surgeon needs
  • Assisted in orthopaedic surgeries (ex.
  • Related to geographic area provided increased assessment and management of orthopedic injuries.

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7. Urology

high Demand
Here's how Urology is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Circulated for Plastic, General, Vascular, GYN, Urology, Neuro, and Thorastic cases.
  • Experienced include Cardiovascular cases, peripheral vascular, neuro, ortho, ENT, urology/ cysto as well as general surgeries.
  • assisted hemicolectomy, cholecystectomy) urology(PCNL, turbt, turp, lap.
  • Provided comprehensive high-quality care to a diverse patient population including: orthopedic, urology, and general surgery.
  • Specialized in orthopedics and neurology.
  • Circulated general surgery and urology cases.

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8. Heart

high Demand
Here's how Heart is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted the surgeon/principal investigator in implanting artificial heart valves in sheep Managed scheduling and preparation for each surgery
  • Prepared patients for procedures Scrubbed/assisted in heart catheterizations
  • Circulated and scrubbed all adult and pediatric open-heart procedures.
  • Assisted physician during cardiovascular surgeries, including open-hearts.
  • Specialized in circulating open-heart procedures.
  • Med Surge, Step down, Staff Nurse - San Diego, CA SIP open heart, Cardiac Washington Hospital Center v

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9. Charge Nurse

high Demand
Here's how Charge Nurse is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Experienced with assignments and protocol for charge nurse responsibilities during assigned call rotations.
  • Served as Charge Nurse on weekends and holidays with a case load of 15 or more surgical procedures.
  • Decreased room turnover times when Charge Nurse.
  • Reported to day charge nurse.
  • Worked as Relief Charge Nurse on eveningshift.
  • Provided assistance in all aspects of ambulatory surgery center operation and start up including staff selection and charge nurse responsibilities.

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10. Surgical Services

high Demand
Here's how Surgical Services is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Standardized procedures and improved efficiency of surgical room setup through major cataloging effort covering all surgical services equipment.
  • Implemented Surgical Services On-line Inventory Supply Chain Implemented Case Cart System for Surgical and Obstetrical Services
  • Developed/Revised Surgery department policies/procedures and provided policy ownership and oversight for all policies within Surgical Services.
  • Created original call committee guidelines and implemented first voluntary call system within surgical services.
  • Circulated and scrubbed for all surgical services
  • Developed and Facilitated Surgical Services Clinical Practice Council.

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11. IV

average Demand
Here's how IV is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Experienced in Hospice rehabilitation, restorative and medical practices support, Family-Facility-Hospice Integration, Pharmacy and Dietary consultation.
  • Contributed to successful Joint Commission Accreditation, individually assessed and evaluated by a Joint Commission Officer.
  • Implemented new processes and developed employee training which resulted in marked decrease of post-operative infections.
  • Monitored for any break in surgical technique or patient privacy/confidentiality.
  • Provided patients with education regarding procedures and post-operative care.
  • Documented care given via Horizon and currently Epic applications.
  • Attended deliveries, admitted, resuscitated and transitioned infants.
  • Assisted doctors with sterile surgical procedures and non-invasive procedures.
  • Documented care given via Horizon application.
  • Performed the duties of a surgical scrub nurse for elective and trauma cases including taking on-call rotation with assigned physician.
  • Provided direct nursing care for patients in a 25-bed hospital, and collaboratively coordinated services for 180 daily outpatients.
  • Started IV's, Passed medication, Blood Draws, and fallowed the direction of our medical care providers.
  • Required working knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT Codes for private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid prior authorizations.
  • Demonstrated and educate patient and families regarding the preventive measures, treatment procedures.
  • Inventoried, ordered, and stocked the Labor and Delivery and its OR.
  • Prepared the operating room for patients on the liver-kidney transplant service.
  • Assisted with vaginal and c-section deliveries, patient assessment and care.
  • Presented action-plan and received support from surgeon and center managers.
  • Monitored and discharged patient when received back from surgery.
  • Started IV's, administered pain medications and fluids.

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12. Pacu

average Demand
Here's how Pacu is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Transported patients to PACU with Anesthesiologist and gave detailed reports to specified staff taking over the care of the patient.
  • Remained flexible to float into the PACU, same day surgery, prep room, and GI as needed.
  • Communicated patient status to other units including PACU, ICU, and blood bank.
  • Worked in the PACU as a staff nurse.
  • Worked in the office, provided OR services as a scrub nurse, assisted with pre-op and PACU.
  • Utilized previous PACU experience for inpatient setting and ambulatory surgical patients with additional experience in Endoscopy and ENT, including pediatric ages

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13. Sterile Technique

average Demand
Here's how Sterile Technique is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted surgeons in surgery procedures Handled stressful environment very well Aseptic/sterile technique Prepared medications
  • Supervised surgical team for performance and monitored for sterile technique.
  • Monitored maintenance of sterile technique for surgical environment.
  • Trained in sterile technique and instrument maintenance/sterilization.
  • Practiced as a circulating nurse in the operating room assisting each physician with their needs while maintaining proper sterile techniques.
  • Prepared patients for operations including positioning of patients, draping, handing off instruments using sterile technique.

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14. Vital Signs

average Demand
Here's how Vital Signs is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Monitored vital signs and served as liaison between patients and physicians to communicate medical needs.
  • Assisted patient in recovery monitored EKG, urine output and vital signs.
  • Assessed infants, obtained vital signs, fed and changed infants.
  • Monitored vital signs, started pitocin and adjusted pitocin according to physicians orders and fetal wellbeing for inductions.
  • Performed frequent patient evaluations, including monitoring and tracking vital signs, performing procedures such as wound dressings and administering medications.
  • Performed physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.

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15. Recovery Room

average Demand
Here's how Recovery Room is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Provided patient care as Circulating Nurse, Scrub Nurse, Pre-op Nurse, and Recovery Room Nurse.
  • Acquired experience in preoperative screening and Recovery Room duties in this holistically geared Day Surgery Center.
  • Delegated and delivered care in ambulatory surgical center of 35-bed Recovery Room.
  • Updated recovery room policy and procedure manual.
  • Created and implemented recovery room record.
  • Provided immediate post-op care in recovery room setting

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16. Gu

average Demand
Here's how Gu is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Evaluated individual employee performance and ensured that all rules and guidelines are followed.
  • Prepared patients for cesarean procedures -Followed hospital protocols, regulations, and infection control procedures.
  • Ensured operating room set up and procedures such as sterilization met regulatory guidelines to ensure patient safety.
  • Administered conscious sedation to patients in accordance with hospital policies and practice guidelines.
  • Planned and executed guided imagery program for use with local urology patients.
  • Provided extension patient education regarding dietary guidelines after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

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17. Health Care

average Demand
Here's how Health Care is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Provided teaching to patients and families regarding health care preparation in ambulatory/outpatient care.
  • Med Surge Nurse Performed primary nursing care; communicate directly with doctors and other health care professionals.
  • Identified problems with health care processes and recommended alternatives to improve processes, identifying and reporting any quality improvement issues.
  • Coordinated admissions and appointments with appropriate facility and provided appropriate documentation as delegated by the Health Care Authority.
  • Accomplished in outcome-based care models to promote rapid patient independence in Medicare, Medicaid and managed health care environments.
  • Planned and initiated patient/family teaching, provided essential information to promote active involvement in the health care process.

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18. LPN

average Demand
Here's how LPN is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Served as LPN at hospital located within maximum-security correctional facility housing approximately 3,500 inmates.
  • Performed typical LPN responsibilities including observing, reporting and documenting patient activities.
  • Served as Discharge Planner for Medical/Surgical units LPN Unit Manager
  • Performed characteristic LPN duties of sub-acute rehab unit
  • Performed all LPN Staff Nurse responsibilities (see job listed below), as a travel nurse assignment after moving to Ohio
  • Cared for CAPD, renal patients, managed larges teams of patients, utilized team nursing approach with LPNs.

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19. Office Procedures

average Demand
Here's how Office Procedures is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Obtained patient medical histories and performed routine office procedures.

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20. GI

average Demand
Here's how GI is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Monitored the status of surgical procedures and interfaced with physician to perform emergency actions.
  • Assisted Cardiologists and Radiologists in direct patient care during procedures.
  • Served as Vice-President of the facility surgical nursing counsel.
  • Performed routine surgical scrub duties on numerous surgical procedures.
  • Managed patient hygiene requirements and other daily functions.
  • Scheduled procedures both in-patient and out-patient for cardiologist.
  • Performed surgical scrub/assistant duties as schedule dictates.
  • Assisted with psychological evaluations of patients.
  • Provided clinical support for surgical procedures.
  • Assisted in the preparation and care of patients undergoing surgical intervention and oversaw the maintenance/sterilization of OR supplies and equipment.
  • Assisted in preparation and care of patients undergoing surgical procedures, responsible for the maintenance/sterilization of the O.R.
  • Contributed to quality of care by developing teaching video featuring proper surgical scrub for the open-heart surgery patient.
  • Assessed patients prior to surgery for allergies, patient identification, and accurate and timely surgical consent.
  • Worked and took call in the Surgery, Circulating and Scrub Nurse, and GI Lab.
  • Applied direct support of surgical procedures in operating rooms, clinics, and field environments.
  • Reviewed and assisted in the billing and coding of provider visit claims and surgical claims.
  • Served as patient advocate for surgical patients being their voice while they were under sedation.
  • Performed duties of managing the Patient Care cards and Quality Control of the documentation.
  • Applied skills during outpatient surgical procedures in addition to infection control and QA nurse.
  • Assisted physician in all surgical procedures and patient care in hospital and office.

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21. Hospital Policies

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Here's how Hospital Policies is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Administered and documented prescribed medications accurately and timely in compliance with hospital policies.
  • Performed clinical skills according to hospital policies and procedures.
  • Performed treatments and procedures according to hospital policies.
  • Performed clinical tasks according to hospital policies.
  • Handled all tasks as per hospital policies and procedures.
  • Scrubbed /in/for/general and orthopedic surgeries Responsible for writing hospital policies on infectious control.

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22. Specialty Areas

low Demand
Here's how Specialty Areas is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Functioned in the Scrub nurse role for all specialty areas except Open Heart.
  • Circulated procedures in all specialty areas of the Surgical Suite.

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23. Room Procedures

low Demand
Here's how Room Procedures is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted in a variety of operating room procedures, with an emphasis on general and neurological surgeries.
  • Assisted in operating room procedures, with an emphasis on neuro, eye, ENT and cardiac surgery.

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24. Pediatrics

low Demand
Here's how Pediatrics is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Specialized in Medical-Surgical Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics Renal/Urology.
  • Floated to other units whenever necessary including, Medical/Surgical, Pulmonary, Pediatrics, Orthopedic, Telemetry, and Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Sedated and monitored pediatrics and adults for procedures performed throughout the radiology department and recovered from procedure prior to discharge.
  • Cross-trained to function autonomously in the Pediatrics Department including the general pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit.
  • Worked in an ambulatory surgical center serving surgical and pain management patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.
  • Provided quality nursing care to a wide variety of medical/surgical patients including geriatrics and pediatrics.

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25. ICU

low Demand
Here's how ICU is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Worked seventeen years in NICU as primary staff nurse.
  • Executed responsibilities on the cardiac and medical surgical ICU step-down units at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Developed SICU role in heart and lung transplantation and ventricular assist device bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy programs.
  • Worked effectively and collaboratively with a multicultural interdisciplinary team to assure prompt response to patient needs.
  • Served as intermediary between difficult staff and surgeon relationships by encouraging open dialogue with administration and staff representatives.
  • Utilized my extensive experience and technical skills to coordinate excellent care to a multicultural clientele.

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26. Medication Administration

low Demand
Here's how Medication Administration is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Provided medication administration and post-operative patient/family education.
  • Performed all general nursing duties of assessment, monitoring, documentation, medication administration, education, admission and discharge.
  • Provided medical-surgical nursing care which included medication administration, supplemental nourishment, skin/wound care, oxygen therapy and IV infusion therapy.
  • Performed general nursing responsibilities, including assessments medication administration, admissions and discharges, plan of care development and patient/family education.
  • Documented medication administration and outcomes; ensured all processes were carried out in compliance with established hospital guidelines and industry regulations.
  • Performed age appropriate Nursing care including assessment, documentation, medication administration, intravenous therapy, and patient education.

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27. ICD

low Demand
Here's how ICD is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted with cardiac catheterizations, pacemaker implants, ICD implants, electrophysiology cases and ASD/PFO cases.

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28. Cabg

low Demand
Here's how Cabg is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Recovered post-operative CABG and other patients that required surgical intervention.
  • Provided care for post CABG patients.

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29. Surgical Site

low Demand
Here's how Surgical Site is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Managed post surgical pain and surgical sites*Assessed and prepared patients/families/significant others for discharge
  • Implemented care for surgical sites.
  • Monitored patient's surgical site, cleaned and redressed wounds as necessary.
  • Managed post-operative pain and surgical sites for complications Member of the Research and Professional Development Council.
  • Managed postoperative pain and surgical sites Assessed and prepared patients/families/significant others for discharge less
  • performed post-op patient assessment, managed post-op pain and surgical sites, prepared patients and families for discharge home

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30. EKG

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Here's how EKG is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Accomplished extensive critical care course with EKG interpretation and yearly critical care medication exam.
  • Monitored EKG and lab values dispensed medication and assisted ventilated patients.
  • Initiated and maintained intravenous therapy and operated 12-lead EKG.
  • Performed EKG interpretation and intervened when indicated.
  • Skilled in EKG monitoring and intravenous medication therapy.
  • Performed telemetry monitoring and interpretations 12 lead EKG.

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31. Necessary Supplies

low Demand
Here's how Necessary Supplies is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Maintained order in the OR environment while gathering necessary supplies needed for the procedures.

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32. Family Education

low Demand
Here's how Family Education is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Provided individual and family education concerning procedures/surgeries.
  • Delivered patient/family education in CPR, crisis intervention and physiological warning signs; assisted with discharge planning and community resource coordination
  • Performed therapeutic nursing interventions and patient/family education as established by individualized plan of care for the patient and his/her family.
  • Provided a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for pediatric patients, initiated and evaluated patient/and or family education.
  • Provided appropriate child and family education regarding growth and development, anticipatory guidance, childhood illnesses, and medications.
  • Cared for post open heart patients, provided extensive patient/family education to include disease process and lifestyle modification.

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33. IM

low Demand
Here's how IM is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Assisted attending physicians with patient evaluation, monitoring and implementation of medical care plans.
  • Functioned primarily as a circulating nurse for scheduled and emergency procedures.
  • Ensured management of specimen handling according to hospital policy.
  • Maintained documentation of procedure including implants and specimens.
  • Created a system to ensure that equipment implants and instruments from outside vendors are available for scheduled surgery.
  • Performed wound care, accountable for patient's daily medications, treatments, and implementing the nursing process.
  • Provided the medication to the patients on scheduled time and take care of their clothes and meals.
  • Used time wisely in preparing work area to meet high paced demand.
  • Worked with other nurses to update procedure manual and implementation of policies.
  • Implemented the ESI System for inventory control and ordering supplies.
  • Coordinated pre-authorizations and post-op care for Workmen's Compensation claims.
  • Designed audit tool for maintaining mammory implant inventory.
  • Worked post-partum as primary nurse for multiple patients.
  • Assisted with pacemaker implants, and C-arm fluoroscopy.
  • Participated in unit infection control and quality improvement surveys.Supervisor: Mary Crampton

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34. Laser

low Demand
Here's how Laser is used in Scrub Nurse jobs:
  • Calibrated the Lasik laser machine (VISX Star S4 Excimer Laser) for surgery.

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20 Most Common Skill For A Scrub Nurse

Patient Care15.8%
Surgical Procedures11.4%
RN10.9%
GYN6.4%
General Surgery6.4%
Ortho5.8%
Urology5.6%
Heart3.8%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Scrub Nurse

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Patient Care
Patient Care
15.8%
15.8%
2
2
Surgical Procedures
Surgical Procedures
11.4%
11.4%
3
3
RN
RN
10.9%
10.9%
4
4
GYN
GYN
6.4%
6.4%
5
5
General Surgery
General Surgery
6.4%
6.4%
6
6
Ortho
Ortho
5.8%
5.8%
7
7
Urology
Urology
5.6%
5.6%
8
8
Heart
Heart
3.8%
3.8%
9
9
Charge Nurse
Charge Nurse
3.6%
3.6%
10
10
Surgical Services
Surgical Services
3.5%
3.5%
11
11
IV
IV
3%
3%
12
12
Pacu
Pacu
2.9%
2.9%
13
13
Sterile Technique
Sterile Technique
2.8%
2.8%
14
14
Vital Signs
Vital Signs
2.1%
2.1%
15
15
Recovery Room
Recovery Room
1.8%
1.8%
16
16
Gu
Gu
1.4%
1.4%
17
17
Health Care
Health Care
1.3%
1.3%
18
18
LPN
LPN
1.3%
1.3%
19
19
Office Procedures
Office Procedures
0.9%
0.9%
20
20
GI
GI
0.9%
0.9%
21
21
Hospital Policies
Hospital Policies
0.8%
0.8%
22
22
Specialty Areas
Specialty Areas
0.8%
0.8%
23
23
Room Procedures
Room Procedures
0.8%
0.8%
24
24
Pediatrics
Pediatrics
0.8%
0.8%
25
25
ICU
ICU
0.8%
0.8%
26
26
Medication Administration
Medication Administration
0.6%
0.6%
27
27
ICD
ICD
0.6%
0.6%
28
28
Cabg
Cabg
0.5%
0.5%
29
29
Surgical Site
Surgical Site
0.5%
0.5%
30
30
EKG
EKG
0.5%
0.5%
31
31
Necessary Supplies
Necessary Supplies
0.4%
0.4%
32
32
Family Education
Family Education
0.4%
0.4%
33
33
IM
IM
0.4%
0.4%
34
34
Laser
Laser
0.4%
0.4%

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