R.N. is responsible for the admission and pre-operative care of the surgical patient within the scope of practice as determined by the Board of Nursing within your state of practice.


Pre-Operative Nurse:

  • Verifies the patient's identity and surgical procedure.

  • Reviews consent forms with patient and answers patient’s questions relating to surgical procedure. The nurse will notify the operating physician for specific questions reserved for the surgeon.

  • Implements the plan of care by:Protecting the patient from injury by performing an individualized risk assessment;Communicating the patient's current status to the appropriate parties throughout the continuum of care

  • Provides information and emotional support for patients and their family members.

  • Records baseline hemodynamic status: gathers pre-operative vital signs; Blood Pressure, EKG monitoring, oximetry readings and documentation of such on pre-operative record.

  • Identifies arrhythmias and notifies medical team members of findings.

  • Gathers patient medical history and Allergies to medications.

  • Starts I.V. unless anesthesiologist prefers to start his/her own I.V. on patient.

  • N. administers pre-operative oral or I.V. medications if ordered by the physician. Observes patient reaction to medication, and acts appropriately when untoward reactions occur.

  • Reviews Post-operative instructions with patient. Actively involves the patient or designated support person in decisions affecting his or her post-operative plan of care;

  • Prepares local anesthesia if ordered.

  • Assists team members to place and position patient on table.

  • In the emergency situation, is able to give immediate respiratory assistance or support including use of AMBU bag and can administer CPR and venipuncture.

  • Checking, maintenance, and knowledge of STAT Kit or Crash Cart.

  • Recognizes and utilizes safety precautions and procedures.

  • Remains familiar with equipment and supplies; their location, function and up-keep. Re-stocks unit with supplies when needed.

  • Maintains a comfortable, orderly, clean and safe environment for the Pre-operative Area.

  • Helps circulating R.N. perform Narcotic Count. Signs correct verification of count in Narcotic Log.

  • Protects the patient's rights, dignity, and privacy;

  • Takes part in pre and post-op phone calls and communicates any problems to the appropriate person.

  • Other duties may include. (For example; including, but not limited to): Participates in quality improvement activities. Assists Infection Control Coordinator with infection control duties including reviewing infection control policies and training staff on procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 8+ months of recent work experience as an RN (not including clinicals) 

  • Current Unencumbered RN license in state of practice.

  • Current BLS required - ACLS and/or PALS may be required per job, facility, or patient population

  • Excellent IV skills

  • Current TB Screen

  • Valid Identification/Driver's License

  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

Did this answer your question?