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Charge Nurse (FT) - Advocate SC - Libertyville

Company: Surgical Care Affiliates
Location: Libertyville
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


SCA, a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, strategically partners with health plans, medical groups and health systems across the country to develop and optimize surgical facilities. SCA operates more than 210 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 7,500 physicians. For more information on SCA, visit

Accountabilities / Responsibilities

We are actively hiring for an Pre/Post-op Charge Nurse.

  • Promote the mission, vision, and values of SCA.
  • Assess patient's preoperative and postoperative status at intervals according to facility or health care organization policies and procedures to include the patient's
  • cardiovascular system,
  • respiratory system and airway management needs,
  • neurological system,
  • hemodynamic stability,
  • pain and comfort needs, and
  • mental status.
  • Interpret information accurately from various noninvasive and invasive monitors.
  • Describe the underlying pathophysiology of commonly encountered disease processes.
  • Describe the physiology associated with various anesthesia techniques and surgical or procedural interventions.
  • Apply the relevant scoring system/discharge criteria for patient transfer (e.g., Aldrete Score, Modified Aldrete Score [i.e., PARSAP], Post Anesthesia Discharge Scoring System [PADSS], White) score accurately as defined by organizational policy.
  • Develop an individualized perianesthesia plan of care by implementing:
  • Preparing for and managing patient recovery from anesthesia - general.
  • Preparing for and managing patient recovery from anesthesia - monitored anesthesia care.
  • Preparing for and managing patient recovery from anesthesia - regional.
  • Preparing for and managing patient recovery from anesthesia - local.
  • Protecting the patient from injury caused by extraneous objects and chemical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal sources.
  • Demonstrating safe operation of equipment and machinery and follows procedures for reporting and correcting an unsafe situation.
  • Speaking up with safety concerns acting as the patient's advocate.
  • Handling specimens according to facility policy and procedures.
  • Adhering to standard precautions including the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Communicating the patient's current status to relevant parties throughout the continuum of care.
  • Administering medications safely and correctly by using the 8-rights of safe medication administration.
  • Performing interventions to maintain the integrity of the patient's wound and tissue perfusion at or above baseline levels.
  • Performing interventions to ensure the patient is at or returned to normothermia at the conclusion of the immediate postoperative period.
  • Providing nursing and appropriate monitoring in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Performing interventions to protect patient from infection.
  • Managing patient's other co-morbid conditions as applicable.
  • Managing patient's fluid as prescribed.
  • Assessing knowledge level of patient or designated support person
  • Providing education regarding the expected psychosocial response, nutritional management, medication management, pain management, wound management, and expected responses to the operative or invasive procedure.
  • Involving patient or designated support person actively in decisions affecting his or her perioperative plan of care and the rehabilitation process.
  • Protecting patient's rights, dignity, and privacy.
  • Providing age-specific, culturally competent, ethical care within legal standards of practice.
  • Complying with Universal Protocol and facility site validation and time-out policy.
  • Evaluate the patient's progress toward attaining outcomes.
  • Transfer care as needed.
  • Provide hand-off report to other teammates that are accurate, concise and pertinent to the patient's condition and response to care.
  • Delegate tasks according to the state Nurse Practice Act (if applicable), state board of nursing or professional registration requirements, state laws, and job descriptions.
  • Document episode of care completely, accurately, and legibly.
  • Manage the pre-operative and PACU area both operationally and fiscally during tour of duty.
  • Act as a clinical resource for personnel using current literature and guidelines, organizational policies and procedures, and regulatory and accreditation standards.
  • Assist personnel in the evaluation of current practice through quality and performance improvement activities.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills with members of the perioperative team and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and manage change within the pre-op and PACU area.
  • Serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team in planning perioperative patient care.
  • Use effective conflict resolution techniques.
  • Collect and analyze data applicable to perioperative services to facilitate collaboration and negotiation with stakeholders.
  • Participate in interviews for personnel selection.
  • Assist in evaluating personnel performance.
  • Monitor that necessary personnel, equipment, and supplies are available.
  • Participate in quality review and performance improvement projects.
  • Participate in the performance appraisal process.
  • Use problem-solving and conflict resolution skills to foster effective work relationships.
  • Maintain required competencies.
  • Pursue professional growth.
  • Act as a patient advocate and maintain privacy and confidentiality of individuals and health information.
  • Comply with SCA and facility policies and procedures when providing patient care.
  • Actively participate in team meetings, trainings, and daily safety huddles.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • One year of ICU, ED, PACU and/or medical / surgical nursing experience preferred.
  • Current state nursing licensure to practice in good standings.
  • Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) within 90 of employment or documentation of current BLS/BCLS certification.
  • Successful completion of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Course within 90 days of employment or documentation of current ACLS certification.
  • Successful completion of Pediatric Advance Life support (PALS) course is required when pediatric care is included in the facility scope of services within 90 days of employment or documentation of current PALS certification.
  • Specialty certification in Perioperative or Perianesthesia Nursing is preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Physically demanding, high-stress environment
  • Exposure to blood and body fluids, communicable diseases, chemicals, radiation, and repetitive motions
  • Pushing and pulling heavy objects
  • Full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients and equipment
  • Manual and finger dexterity
  • Hand eye coordination
  • Standing and walking for extensive periods of time
  • Lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Corrected vision and hearing to within normal range
  • Working irregular hours

As a representative of Surgical Care Affiliates, all comments, attitudes, actions, and behaviors have a direct impact on the Facility's success. Interaction with patients, families, physicians, referral sources, affiliated schools, visitors, volunteers, co-workers, supervisors, vendors, etc. must be in a manner that is friendly, supportive, courteous, respectful, cooperative, and professional. This behavior should promote an atmosphere of teamwork, a culture of safety, and in accordance with SCA Core Values.

EEO Statement

We value Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Surgical Care Affiliates: SCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability and genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Keywords: Surgical Care Affiliates, Chicago , Charge Nurse (FT) - Advocate SC - Libertyville, Other , Libertyville, Illinois

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