Staff Nurse - Prep/Recovery

Patient Care Providers
19003029 Requisition #

Classification Title:   PD 20 – Staff Nurse

Department:  Ambulatory Surgery Center

Pay Grade:

Salary:  $52,701.00 to Commensurate

Percent of Time: 100%

Schedule:  Monday through Friday, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., rotating 8 or 10 hours shifts with extension of shift call.

Staff Type: Professional & Scientific / SEIU

Type of Position: Regular


Department Summary:  Ambulatory Surgery Center is a 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.


Position Summary:  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.


Position Responsibilities:

·         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.



Education Required

·         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



Experience Requirements

·         Ability to work in a fast paced environment is required

·         Two years or more surgical in-patient, labor and delivery or pre/post-op registered nurse experience in the last 3 years is required.

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills is required.

·         Demonstrates excellent customer service and service recovery is required.

·         EKG cardiac monitoring experience in previous 2 years is required.


Desirable Qualifications

·         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.


Please attach a cover letter and resume as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Donna Dolezal (319-356-4603)


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, health compliances and verification of degrees and licenses.


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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