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Title:   Pre-Operative Assessment LPN
01 / 11 / 2013
Surgery Center of Peoria
Full time


Performs initial telephone preoperative assessment on patients scheduled for surgery or procedures at the Surgery Center of Peoria.  Provides pre-surgical instructions and preoperative teaching at the patient’s or family member’s request.  Responsible to gather vital information for the team, to provide continuity and implement the initial plan of care.  Utilizing facility admission criteria, determines if patient is an appropriate candidate for the scheduled surgery or procedure.  Familiar with facility protocols, in order to notify the Medical Director and physician offices of patient discrepancies in admission criteria.  Notifies nurse manager or/and Clinical Director of potential patient care issue, which will impact the center.  Available to answer patient questions as they arise. 
Must be capable to coordinate and oversee care for all age patients in pre and postoperative departments.  Provides care within nursing standards of practice and the policies of the Center.  Makes decisions regarding direct patient care needs and communicates appropriate information to other team members.  May have additional responsibilities as designated by the Department Manager or Clinical Director, which include, but are not limited to, serving on committees, participating in quality improvement audits and projects. 

  1. Know and adheres to policies of the Center and demonstrates fiscal responsibility.
  2. Follows policies, procedures, goals, and objectives for perioperative nursing care according to accepted standards.
  3. Plans, implements, and evaluates pre and post operative nursing care for patients based on individual, specific patient needs and according to physician’s orders.
  4. Organizes and prepares medical records of patients.  Documents care appropriately and fully.  Follows up on missing data and other patient care needs.
  5. Maintains and demonstrates current skills and knowledge of collecting patient data for the RN, airway maintenance, dysrhythmia detection, patient teaching, emotional/social support of patients and families and other needed clinical competencies.
  6. Remains calm and functions as a team member during times of stress and crisis situations.
  7. Seeks involvement in activities that promote professional growth and behavior.
  8. Actively participates on appropriate committee and PI activities.
  9. Follows OSHA and other standards for protection against blood borne pathogens.
  10. Uses good body mechanics.
  11. Informs Department Manager of applicable day-to-day situations.
  12. Follows employee health and other personnel and staffing policies.
  13. Complies with HIPAA requirements
  14.  Utilizes phone service language interpretation when applicable.


Demonstrates ability to work as a team member and to communicate directly and professionally.  Is flexible, reliable, productive, patient-oriented, self-motivated, and able to multi-task.  Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.  Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.  He/she is able to identify and categorize each patient’s age-specific grouping of needs, such as those for infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.  Portrays Surgery Center of Peoria and peers in a positive light to others.  Avoids being involved in gossip spreading or conversations that promote discord of staff members.  Maintains professional conduct and appearance. 

Must be physically able to sit, stand, walk, and maintain varied body motions and positions for long periods of time. Demonstrates manual dexterity.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects or tools.  The employee is required to stand, walk, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  Must be able to hear and speak.  Must be able to move up to 100 pounds. 

Graduate of an approved school of nursing.  Currently licensed in the state of Arizona.  Basic life support certification.  Demonstrates clinical competency and teaching capabilities.  Physically and emotionally capable of performing responsibilities of position.

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