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Manager of Surgical Services
Job Code:1281-2017
Biweekly Hours:80
FT/PT Status:Full Time
Location:Operating Room-7.7040

Job Responsibilities:

Job Title: Surgical Services Nurse Manager
Organizational Unit: Surgical Services
Shift:1st Monday-Friday
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Pay Frequency:Bi-Weekly

Job Summary: 

Responsiblefor direction of patient care in the operative environment.  Manages the staff members in the Ambulatory Surgery, Surgery, and PACU.  Consults with staff, physicians and Nurse Executive on nursing issues and interpretation of hospital policies to ensure patient needs are met. 
Maintains performanceimprovement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities. Formulates budget for department.

•Directs actions toward supervision of nursing care given to neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients within the surgical suite and PACU, according to nursing principles.
•Provides for safe transportation of all patients to and from Surgical Services Department.
•Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
•Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
•Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
•Ability to perform waived testing (point-of-care testing) per Clinical Laboratory’s and the patient care unit’s policies and procedures.
•Ability to interpret results of waived tests; take appropriate action on waived tests results.
•Verifies availability of all supplies required for correct operation of the department. Obtains supplies per PAR levels.
•Supervises care of OR suite and equipment to ensure cleanliness, sterility and operational ability of all items.
•Directs all safety measures to prevent accidents, harm or injury in any way to patient, staff or equipment.
•Controls traffic to avoid infection.
•Verifies that proper temperature, humidity, ventilation and lighting are maintained to provide a comfortable, safe work environment.
•Assists surgeons in operations through provision of qualified staff; formulates schedule which provides staff available for all procedures.
•Assures presence of Circulating RN and PACU nurses for all cases.
•Assigns staff; delegates specific duties and tasks.
•Provides and controls supplies and equipment needed for successful operation of the Surgical Services Department. Directs and delegates control of inventories to ensure proper amounts available.
•Verifies that narcotics and controlled substances are counted and locked, per hospital policy.
•Follows the seven (7) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
•Supervises care and cleanliness of equipment and supplies to ensure good working condition.
•Evaluates needs for new or different items in regard to present and new trends or needs of the department.
•Observes use and handling of supplies to decrease mishandling and breakage.
•Continuously supervises staff to ensure quality of nursing care.
•Delegates; reviews performance improvement monitoring; analyzes and evaluates Surgical Services Department to improve nursing care.
•Develops, revises and implements Surgical Services policies and procedures.
•Participates in planning Surgical Services Department budget.
•Provides monthly in-services.
•Provides orientation for new staff members.
•Plans, controls, direct and coordinate administrative duties to ensure the functioning of the department and staff.
•Completes evaluations and submits two (2) weeks prior to review. New employees are given checklists, oriented and evaluated at the end of 90 days.
•Schedules and assigns staff to increase efficiency and coordination of department. Staffs according to standards.
•Reports changes of any type to Surgical Services staff and reports changes to departments affected by the changes (i.e., Pathology, Imaging).
•Demonstrates knowledge of nursing theory and management; demonstrates knowledge of disaster and emergency policies and procedures. Keeps informed of new developments in nursing and surgery. Demonstrates knowledge of good interpersonal relationships.
•Communicates job expectations; posts results of performance improvement monitoring.
•Conducts monthly staff meetings. Allows staff to participate in problem-solving.
•Ensures time sheets are accurately completed as required.
•Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain steady level of productivity; self-motivated. Completes projects by due date.
•Completes other duties as assigned by Nurse Executive, within the Board of Registered Nurses scope of nursing practice.
•Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
•Completes annual education requirements.
•Maintains regulatory requirements, including all federal, state, local regulations and accrediting organization standards.
•Maintains and ensures patient confidentiality at all times.
•Attends annual review and performs departmental in-services.
•Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, departments and staff.
•Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
•Attends committee, CQI and management meetings, as appropriate.
•Resolves staff concerns at the departmental level, utilizing the grievance process as required.
•Ensures compliance with policies and procedures regarding department operations, fire, safety,
•Effectively and consistently communicates administrative directive to staff and encourages interactive departmental meetings and discussions.
•Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
•Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.



Job Qualifications:

Job Specifications:  

•Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.  BSN preferred.
•Current Registered Nurse licensure in the State of New York.
•CNOR certification highly preferred
•Current BCLS certification.
•Current ACLS certification or Basic EKG or Arrhythmia-identification certification.
•At least two (2) years of nursing management experience.
•At least three (3) years of experience in surgical nursing.

Other Job Information (if applicable):

Physical Demands:   Ability to move or transfer patients with an individual effort equal to 50 pounds.  Nurses should have a full range of body motion to successfully perform all essential functions of the job, meaning you will have to stand, walk, bend, knee, crouch and reach frequently during a 12-hour shift.  Accommodations are made for nurses with disabilities.                 

Mental Demands:    Maintenance of composure in stressful emergency situations.

Interactions:  Interacts with Physicians, offices, Sr. Vice President of Nursing, Supervisor, OR staff and other Nursing staff, family members, ancillary personnel and sales representatives.

Work Conditions:     May be exposed to contagious disease or infection.

Hazards:       Potential exposures to chemicals and communicable diseases and related medical waste.



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