Prep/Recovery Staff Nurse - ASC

Patient Care Providers
21002911 Requisition #

 The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics department of Ambulatory Surgery Center is seeking an Prep/Recovery Staff Nurse to work is its multi-specialty surgery center that offers same day services for adult patients.  The ASC includes twelve state-of-the-art operating rooms with large preparation and recovery areas, featuring private rooms for families. This position is 100%, scheduled Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 8 to 10 hr shifts plus extension of shift call.  Duties to include:


Assess the nursing care needs of the Ambulatory Surgical Patient.  Provide Pre-op and Post -op care and teaching as appropriate to the patient and caregivers.  Continue to integrate nursing theory and research into clinical practice.


  • Incorporate the scientific, behavioral and humanistic principles for application to clinical practice.

  • Adhere to departmental standards and practice guidelines.

  • Apply nursing theory to assess, diagnose, treat and evaluate patient responses.

  • Analyze initial and ongoing assessment data to determine diagnoses and patient outcomes.

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for patients and follow universal precautions.

  • Implement emergency care procedures when necessary/

  • Maintain skills/competency related to special equipment, medications and procedures.
  • Participate as a member of the health care team utilizing effective communication skills.
  • Participate in the development of unit, department and hospital policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Review staffing issues and recommend cost containment strategies.
  • Serve as a member of various University committees, as directed.
  • Perform other projects or tasks as assigned.
  • Participate in the orientation of new nursing staff and the ongoing education and training.
  • Maintain patient rights and confidentiality and serve as patient advocate.
  • Responsible for adherence to legal, professional and institutional requirements.
  • Responsible for maintenance and enhancement of clinical skills in Pre-Op and Post-Op (PACU).
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • Assist physicians as appropriate in procedures and care of patients.


ICARE Core Values


  • Innovation – We seek creative ways to solve problems

  • Collaboration – We believe teamwork is the best way to work

  • Accountability – We behave ethically, act openly and with integrity in all that we do, taking responsibility for our actions.

  • Respect – We honor diversity and recognize the worth and dignity of every person

  • Excellence – We strive to achieve excellence in all that we do.


    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®



    Percent of Time: 100%

    Schedule: Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 8 to 10 hr shifts plus extension of shift call.


    Salary: $52,701  to commensurate


Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa

  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

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Required Qualifications


  • An Associate’s degree in Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, Baccalaureate degree in Nursing, or Master’s degree in Nursing (MNHP or MSN) is required.
  • Current license to practice nursing in the State of Iowa is required
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Demonstrates customer service and service recovery is required.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Surgical in-patient, labor and delivery or pre/post-op registered nurse experience or internship in ASC PACU is highly desired.
  • EKG cardiac monitoring experience is desired.
  • Current ACLS, PALS certification desired or completion within 3 months of employment is required.
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or Master’s degree in Nursing is highly desired.
  • CAPA and/or CPAN certification desired


Application Process: In order to be considered, applicants must upload Cover Letter and Resume (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on June 24, 2021.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.


Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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