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Clinical Nurse - Operating Room, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Remote Position: 
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Our various service lines perform over 33,000 cases annually and consist of the best talent around. Our nurse to OR tech ratios follow AORN guidelines (70/30) with all of our nurses trained to circulate and scrub into the most complex of procedures. Our multidisciplinary teams work together to value each individual's contribution to optimize positive patient outcomes.

Service lines include:

  • General Surgery
  • Vascular/Thoracic/Lung Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Ear Nose Throat
  • Urology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Plastics

About Northwestern Medicine
  • Northwestern Medicine has four operating rooms.
  • Feinberg- Main operating room pavilion, 34 ORs, open 24/7 for scheduled and urgent/emergent cases
  • Prentice- Women's health pavilion, 10 ORs, mainly Breast, Gynecology and Plastics specialties
  • Lavin 11th floor Pavilion- Outpatient pavilion, 8 ORs, mainly Ophthalmology, Ear Nose and Throat, General Surgery and Plastics
  • Lavin 12th floor Pavilion- Orthopedics outpatient pavilion, 8 ORs, mainly sports medicine and spine

OR Scheduling and Call
  • New hires are placed on the "off-shift" starting at 11 am to 9:30 pm, 10 hour shift, with a rotating day off, based on the needs of the department.
  • OR teams range in start times as early as 6:15 am to 6:30 am, 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 3 pm and 11 pm. Team members rotate on to the weekend shift. Currently working 1-2 weekend shifts per 6 week period.
  • The amount of call varies depending on service lines assigned with a minimum amount of call of 60 hours in a 6 week period.
  • Northwestern is a Level 1 trauma center. All call teams must respond to a call assignment within 30 minutes. Call rooms are available for team members.

  • Bachelors of Nursing Degree or MSN. Illinois RN license
  • Ability to commit to work in accepted position for a minimum of two years after completing the orientation program.
  • Ability to meet on-call requirements within 30 minutes of being called (minimum of 60 hours of call within a 6 week schedule).
  • Ability to rotate to the weekends, per department needs.
  • Willingness and ability to work in a high-tech environment.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, as shifts are scheduled according to department staffing needs.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work within a dynamic team environment.

The role of the professional clinical nurse is unique and essential to the care of the patient. The nurse demonstrates that unique and essential function through the framework for nursing practice.

Advocate: Practices in accordance with the patient centered care model. Develops an individualized age-specific culturally sensitive nursing plan of care for the patient that is based on the nursing process. Incorporates the role of patient advocate into the plan of care. Uses a team approach to develop and achieve daily patient-centered individualized care goals. Acknowledges and values the contributions of the patient's significant others as an integral part of the plan of care. Identifies potential conflict situations and facilitates resolution using established communication channels. Promotes and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient. Protects patients by maintaining a safe environment. Participate in research-related activities which includes evidence-based practice and quality improvement initiatives.

Practices safe surgery specific post-operative care to include assessment, potential complications and discharge teaching. Identifies potential pre-anesthetic surgical risks factors.

Clinical Expert: Advances clinical expertise, as demonstrated through pursuit of informal and formal continuing education opportunities and obtaining specialty certification when eligible. Continuously enhances skills and abilities to ensure the highest quality patient care. Shares knowledge and expertise through educating team members, patients and students. Demonstrates critical thinking by integrating theoretical knowledge and expertise to pose relevant clinical questions when evidence and practice differ. Identifies priorities, sets realistic and measureable goals, prescribes and implements nursing interventions in a safe and timely manner. Develops and implements individualized education plans for patients and families using suitable instructional materials and methods . Evaluates and documents the patient's responses to nursing interventions in the health record and properly individualizes the plan of care based on the evaluation of findings. Identifies situations that require further intervention and escalates appropriately; Consults appropriate experts and resources when needed. Participates in the formation, implementation and evaluation of team goals. Appropriately delegates and supervises. interventions to implement the plan of care. Conveys complete, timely and accurate information at hand off at the bedside or any hand off. Adheres to ethical standards of practice. Possess the knowledge to intervene in the event of a complication or undesired outcome. Community Volunteer: Participates in one or more volunteer initiatives annually, Northwestern Memorial organized or on his/her own. Compassionate: Consistently demonstrates interpersonal connections with patients and families from introduction through discharge. Proactively responds to patient concerns such as speaking to patients about possible/expected delays in plan of care. Treats patients, families, visitors and staff in a caring manner with respect and dignity. Facilities recovery and where appropriate helps ensure a peaceful death for patients.

Professionally Engaged: Is a member of a professional organization or participates on an Northwestern Memorial committee or taskforce at the hospital-wide, departmental, or unit level. Demonstrates accountability and collaborative practice with co-workers, other disciplines, and departments. Assumes responsibility for continued professional growth and education reflecting knowledge and understanding of current nursing practice. Serves as a community mentor for team members. Serves as a preceptor for new team members. Participates in the peer feedback process by conducting a constructive assessment and evaluation of peer performance. Works collaboratively with all hospital services to accomplish daily work and maintain an environment of excellence. Participates in the development of policies, procedures and systems to support safe and effective care and advance nursing practice at NMH through the Shared Leadership Process. Assumes personal responsibility for meeting internal (i.e. Best People profile, ELMs, CPR, and health requirements) and external regulatory and accreditation requirements. Identifies opportunities for innovation and quality improvement; participates in innovation projects and the quality improvement process, including unit based quality committees. Demonstrates accountability to Northwestern Memorial strategic, operational and fiscal goals. Exemplifies a professional image in appearance and communications. Maintains and advances the professional image of nursing and the practice of professional nursing through an ongoing analysis of resources: Professional Organizations, literature, electronic resources, etc. AA/EOE.
  • 1 or more years of RN experience
  • Graduate of an NLN accredited school/college of nursing.
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or higher. Current State of Illinois, Registered Professional Nurse license.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation recognition (healthcare provider level).
  • Analytic ability (conceptual and quantitative).
  • Oral, listening and written communication skills.
  • Strong human relation skills to interact effectively and collaborate with others in difficult situations.
  • Use of a keyboard to enter or retrieve data. Preferred: Experience in specific clinical area.
  • Nursing specialty certification, if eligible.

Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to providing the most advanced healthcare to the communities and patients we serve. The Northwestern Medicine clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty and medical students come together everyday with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

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