Southwest Health System, Inc.
  • 661 OR
  • Cortez, CO, USA
  • $25.42 - $31.26 p/h based on qualifications and experience
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Eligible: Health, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending, 403(b) Retirement, Term Life, AD&D, Voluntary Life/AD&D, EAP & MORE!

Amazing opportunity for a new graduate nurse to learn a specialty area. We are committed to training and transitioning new grads into a career of Surgical Services.

Administer nursing care to patients in an efficient, safe, and courteous manner using appropriate nursing procedures. The Same Day Care (SDC), Operating Room (OR) Circulator, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurse must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served in surgical services. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements, and to provide the care needed as described in the department's policies and procedures. The nurse must be clinically competent to care for patients, knowledgeable about surgical processes and can identify complications. Evaluates, plans and implements nursing care for the surgical patient population. The SDC/OR/PACU RN works directly with the surgeon and must be able to assist the physician during operating procedures. Functions in a same day care, circulating and PACU nurse role, and may also function as a scrub nurse and/or first assist. He or she must have the ability to utilize information technologies to meet patient needs and provide evidence-based knowledge at the point of care to improve health outcomes.

Nursing Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Associate degree required, bachelor degree preferred.
  • Current state Registered Nurse Licensure, within state of Colorado.
  • Excellent knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique specific to cases currently performed in the surgical services department by working in collaboration with the surgeon.
  • 1 year experience in Acute Care Nursing preferred.
  • Current BLS certification.
  • Current PALS certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Current ACLS certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Peri-Operative Registered Nurse (AORN) perferred.
  • Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) certification preferred.

 Language Skills:

  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Additional languages preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.


  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Strong communication skills.

Critical Physical Demand Summary:

  • Lifting Combo Lift: Exert 1 to 30 lbs rarely.
  • Lifting Mid Range Lift: Exert 50 to 75 lbs rarely.
  • Carrying Preferred: Exert 1 to 30 lbs occasionally.
  • Push/Pull Push: Exert 110 to 110 lbs rarely.
  • Push/Pull Both push and pull: Exert 20 to 50 lbs occasionally.
  • Grip Preferred: Exert 10 40 lbs rarely.
  • Grip Able to alternate: Exert 10 40 lbs frequently.

** If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. **

 ** This position is subject to a post offer pre-work screening. ** 


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