Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0438
Post Date 12/21/2018
Title OR Registered Nurse - $10k SIGN-ON BONUS
City Bethlehem
State PA

Position: Registered Nurse - Operating Room

Schedule: Monday-Friday, Four 10-hour Days

Location: Bethlehem, PA

Coordinated Health (CH) is a privately held acute-care hospital network in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. CH’s focused regional network has 1,400 employees at 18 sites with an ambulatory-based continuum of care. Access is provided by specialty hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, transitional care units, multi-specialty clinics and walk-in centers. Service lines include musculoskeletal care, cardiology, women’s health and immediate and primary care, endocrinology, rheumatology, and general surgery.  In Bethlehem, CH has exclusively earned the U.S. government’s new 5-star top CMS rating for hospital patient service, has earned top safety and patient satisfaction scores from HealthGrades.


General Responsibilities:

  • Perform the duties and responsibilities of a circulator and can function as a scrub.
  • Prepare the OR for the patient by obtaining the proper equipment and supplies for the procedure by referring to the appropriate pick list.
  • Utilize aseptic technique to prepare each procedure.Checks all instrumentation and equipment prior to use.
  • Anticipate the needs of the surgeon.
  • Perform all sponge, needle, sharps and other required counts.
  • Ensure the safe disposal of all sharps.
  • Adhere to the principles of Standard Precautions as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
  • Use supplies in a cost-effective manner.Does not open supplies until it is determined to be necessary.
  • Participate in the evaluation of new products.
  • Knowledgeable in regards to the computer system, demonstrating an ability to print schedules, access and change pick lists and preference cards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist with the equipment and supplies related to emergent patient care, for example:the defibrillator and crash cart.
  • Deliver and/or administer medications as ordered and performs appropriate identification, verification, labeling and documentation of medication administration.
  • Respond to life-saving situations and according to nursing standards and protocols as well as hospital policy.
  • Maintain an adequate inventory of supplies for all surgical procedures, maintains par levels, and orders supplies as per the policy of the facility.
  • Clean and maintain surgical instruments.
  • Perform appropriate corrective action when necessary including removing broken equipment from use and sending them for repair as per the standards of the facility.
  • Function independently in the cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of all equipment.
  • Understand how to operate all of the sterilizers and washers in the facility and understands the principles behind each application.
  • Acquire and maintain current knowledge in nursing practice.
  • Interact with and contribute to the professional growth of peers, colleagues, and others.
  • Serve as a communication liaisonand collaborates with the patient, family, health care team, and others in the conduct of professional nursing practice
  • Use research findings in evidence based practice.
  • Consider factors related to safety, effectiveness, efficiency, environmental concerns, and cost in planning and delivering patient care.
  • During the surgical procedure OR Nurses can take the role of Circulating Nurse, with the following duties:
    • Assist in positioning and responding to comfort/safety of patient
    • Provide for accurate care and handling of specimens
    • Observe and enforces strict standards of asepsis
    • Observe, check, and monitor all equipment used during surgery to confirm they are running smoothly
    • Document all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, and in the appropriate format
  • During the surgical procedure OR Nurses can take the role of Scrub Nurse with the following additional duties:
    • Perform surgical scrub and is able to don gown and gloves utilizing aseptic technique.
    • Gown and glove surgical team members utilizing aseptic technique.
    • Set up the sterile table and mayo stand with appropriate supplies, instruments, medications and solutions necessary for the surgical procedure.
    • Select and handle instruments and supplies used for the operation, passing them to surgeon
  • During the surgical procedure the RN can take the role of Second Assistant with the following additional duties:
    • Hold retractors or instruments as directed by the surgeon
    • Sponge or suction operative site
    • Apply electro cautery to clamps on bleeders
    • Cut suture material as directed by the surgeon
    • Connect drains to suction apparatus
    • Apply dressings to closed wound as directed by the physician
  • During the surgical procedure OR Nurses can take the role of RN First Assistant, if qualified and under the direct supervision of the surgeon, with the following additional duties:
    • Assist with positioning of the patient and have the ability and knowledge to appropriately use the equipment necessary to provide the positioning.
    • Provide visualization of the operative site by the following:
      • Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without padding
      • Packing with sponges
      • Digital manipulation of tissue
      • Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging
      • Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures)
      • Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s view
    • Utilize appropriate techniques to assist with permanent and temporary hemostasis
    • Participate in volume replacement or auto transfusion techniques as appropriate
    • Utilize appropriate techniques to assist with closure/suturing
    • Injection of local anesthetic per surgeon’s directive
    • Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings 
    • Secure drainage systems to tissue



Experience, Knowledge, and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Graduate of an Accredited Professional Nursing Program
  • Registered Nurse (RN) with current license to practice in the State of Pennsylvania or seeking Pennsylvania licensure through reciprocity 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification preferred
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year of Nursing experience preferred
  • Basic computer skills preferred
  • Each campus may have cross-functioning requirements
  • Works effectively with others
  • Possesses the ability to work under pressure


Employment Requirements

  • Complete HR annual mandatory education
  • Complete annual Mosby’s competencies
  • Complete TST form annually


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to regularly access and use general office equipment including phones, computers, copiers, etc.
  • Must be able to work in a busy, often distracting work environment that is generally climate controlled
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds unassisted on an occasional basis
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time
  • Must be able to stand or walk for long periods of time



Why Coordinated Health:

  • The Coordinated Health Experience: Our teams are committed to treating every patient with respect and genuine compassion.
  • We work around our patient’s lives and busy schedules. Most of our facilities are open 7-days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours.
  • Coordinated and Integrated Care: We work in close connection with CH physicians as well as outside referring providers to facilitate the delivery of care through a system wide electronic health record and PACs system.  We provide the answers physicians need to initiate treatment faster.
  • World-Class Hospitals: Our hospitals and out-patient facilities work together as cross-functional teams. Our physicians are part of Coordinated Health’s multidisciplinary teams in: Orthopedics, Joint Replacement, Spine, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle, Hand & Wrist, Gynecology, Breast Care, Cardiology, and Primary Care.
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