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Expert Perioperative Nurse

Scope of Practice

Role Description


  • Creates creative education sessions using adult learning methods, integrates team building and caring actions into all learning models for all skill levels of staff
  • Works collaboratively with unit management, physicians and staff to define, coordinate and analyze the orientation and continuing educational needs and activities for all staff members to assure a foundation of competency for patient care and nursing practice
  • Develops and reviews relevant orientation and education programs and activities
  • Responsible for needs assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation of orientation, education and staff development activities for clinical staff across all shifts

Advance Practice Nurse (APN)

i.e., nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), or certified nurse-midwife (CNM) 

  • Directs patient care
  • Provides consultation for nursing staff by implementing improvements in health car delivery systems
  • Teaches patients and families self-care
  • Performs assessments plans, implements, evaluates and documents care
  • Advocates for the patient and family with other members of the healthcare team
  • Integrates nursing practice with medical diagnosis


  • Responsible for managing staff; such as Certified Nursing Assistants, Registered Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses, Surgical Technologists and other allied healthcare provider
  • Schedules staff
  • Maintains department or unit's budget
  • Hiring and firing of staff
  • Mentors staff
  • Communicates organizational issues to the staff
  • Oversees daily activities within their department or unit
  • Collaborates with other departments and physicians on departmental issues.


  • Accountable for the delivery of safe, effective, patient centered care through the continuum of perioperative care
  • Supervises Day Surgery (pre-op/special procedures/OP care), PACU and OR suites
  • Responsible for the operation of the department and for the measurement, assessment and continuous improvement of the department's performance

Work Setting

  • Surgical clinics
  • Labor and delivery
  • Hospital
  • Operating room
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Physician's offices
  • Military
  • Infection control
  • Pre or postoperative setting
  • Procedural locations (radiology, GI lab, cardiac cath lab)
  • Sterile Processing
  • Perioperative services (director)

Required Education and Preparation


  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing
  • Current licensure in state
  • BLS 
  • CNOR 


  • 3 years clinical experience
  • 2 years teaching/precepting/project management experience
  • Academic Preparation
  • Experience with Microsoft Office


  • 3-5 years clinical experience
  • MSN from accredited school of nursing, concentrated in a recognized area of advanced clinical nursing practice (ie, NP, CNS, CRNA, CNM


  • 3 years clinical experience
  • 1 year charge experience
  • BSN 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office


  • 6 years clinical experience
  • 2 years progressive experience in healthcare administration with increasing level of administrative responsibility
  • Masters in nursing or health care administration
  • BSN if Masters is not in nursing
    • AORN Member Online University Programs
    • Other Programs
  • Experience in staffing/budget/finance
  • Experience with Microsoft Office

Preferred Education / Preparation


  • Member of AORN 
  • BLS instructor
  • ACLS instructor
  • ACLS certification within 6 months of hire

Clinical Nurse Specialist


  • Member of AORN 
  • Masters in nursing or related field
  • Experience in staffing, budget and resource management



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