Operating Room Nurse-CC-DH

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

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This position is located in the Department of Perioperative Medicine (DPM). DPM is responsible for providing anesthesia and surgical services to actively support the mission of the Clinical Center. The DPM provides service and support for approximately 2000 surgical cases per year. Primary nursing at the Clinical Center is a system of patient care delivery which provides individualized care for the patient and supports for the patient's family/significant others by the assignment of professional care for the duration of the patient's hospitalization.

The operating room nurse is part of the Clinical Center's ready work force. "Ready work force" means that any member of this Department will be available for reassignment and capable of assuming other nursing care responsibilities in the event of staffing requirement.

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  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Pre-employment medical evaluation may be required.
  • Weekend and shift work may be required.
  • Emergency essential employee.
  • Education Requirement:

    Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.


    Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending

    registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained.

    Additional qualifications for this position include the following:

    One year of specialized nursing experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following tasks: providing nursing service for less complex surgical procedures, such as, appendectomies, and assisting in more complex and extensive surgical procedures, such as, orthopedic or thoracic operations; ensuring that instruments, sutures, prosthesis, and special equipment are ready for use; providing care to patients to meet their physical and psychological needs; caring for and handling supplies and equipment including operating tables, lights, electrocautery, suction machines, special instruments, etc.; assuring the accurate care and handling of specimens; being responsible for aseptic technique maintenance during procedure, the accuracy of sponge counts and the adequacy of supplies; implementing protocols and contributing to the development of care maps; delegating and directing the work on non-professional and less experienced professional staff.


    You possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.   Graduate-level education must have been in nursing with a concentration in a field of nursing or in a closely related non-nursing field directly applicable to the requirements of the position to be filled.


    You possess a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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    This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    The Operating Room Nurse will work directly with Institute surgeons in one or more of the following specialty areas:  Oncology, Neurology, Thoracic, Urology, Ophthalmology and ENT.  The incumbent is the liaison between the surgeons and operating room for the resources required for protocol-specific activities including techniques and equipment including training, education, evaluation necessary to meet the needs of new protocols, procuring equipment and supplies necessary for new or ongoing protocols and the proper handling of tissue specimens.

    The major duties of the Operating Room Nurse include but are not limited to the following:

    • Utilizes the scientific process to assess, plan, perform and evaluate peri-operative care on complex and acute patients.
    • Provides surgeon support through operative process including, but not limited to, proper patient positioning, providing an aseptic environment, accuracy of sponge and instrument counts, and proper handling and labeling of all specimens.
    • Conducts detailed observations, measurements, and date collection related to assessments as defined by the protocol specifications and the professional judgment.
    • Develops plans of care and evaluates and modifies this plan related to patient's responses.
    • Address patient's comprehensive care needs including education, safety, comfort, and spirituality.

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