Mille Lacs Health System
  • Onamia, MN, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time


The RN Circulator manages all the necessary care inside the surgery room, assisting the team in maintaining and creating a comfortable, safe environment for the patient and observing the team from a wide perspective. He or she must ensure all surgical team members perform in a unified effort. During the operation the circulating nurse advocates for the patient while they are sedated or anesthetized.  An effective circulating nurse possesses the knowledge, skills, and training to carry out circulating duties during surgery. By using sound judgment, interpersonal communication skills and critical thinking skills, the circulating nurse can check and evaluate the patient's needs, ensuring positive outcome and to make sure the patient gets the highest standard of care.

.6 FTE or (48 hours per pay period), Day Shift and call as scheduled position

Job Duties

    • Assists anesthesia personnel with induction of anesthesia as needed.
    • Positions and preps patient for surgical procedure.
    • Completes appropriate paperwork/EMR for each procedure in a timely manner.
    • Cares for specimens properly.
    • Assists in end of procedure activities (i.e., dressing, patient transfer, room cleaning).
    • Participates in "Safe Site" and "Safe Account" in every procedure and effectively performs "Time Out".
    • Performs other nursing duties during procedure as requested by CRNA or Surgeon.
    • Demonstrates effective interviewing and assessment skills and integrates new or current techniques to obtain physical/psycho-social information from the patient/family to plan, implement and evaluate patient care through the nursing process.
    • Initiates and maintains patient care plan to reflect current patient needs utilizing EMR.
    • Ensures case is posted on paper chart including history, medications, allergies etc.
    • Respects the privacy and dignity of everyone.
    • Is courteous and friendly, uses a quiet, respectful tone when speaking.
    • Advocates for patients and family members.
    • Acknowledges a patients presence immediately and responds accordingly.
    • Anticipates patient's needs.
    • Explains procedure to patient to ensure understanding.
    • Answers any questions patient/family member may have, utilizing resources as needed.
    • Uses protective clothing/gear as necessary.
    • Works to resolve risk/safety/Quality issues.
    • Exercises good judgment.
    • Reports safety hazards, accidents incidents promptly.
    • Actively works to reduce errors.
    • Actively asks questions when need arises.
    • Sets and meets individual/professional goals.
    • Performs with minimal supervision.
    • Exercises good judgment.
    • Participates in the control of cost effective services that reflect proper use of equipment, appropriate use of supplies, and effective management of patient care.
    • Uses work hours efficiently.
    • Demonstrates willingness to assist co-workers.
    • Meets expectations of surgical team.
    • Welcomes and mentors new employees.

Required Education and Experience

  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing with current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Minnesota

  • Must successfully complete criminal background check as required by the State of Minnesota

  • Knowledge of nursing principles, policies, procedures and medical ethics equivalent to years of experience

  • Excellent communication skills across disciplines and at various levels

  • Ability to work in a team setting

  • Possession of attention to detail, organization and prioritization skills

  • Computer skills including Word

  • Certifications: Basic Life Support,  ACLS, and NRP

  • Desired certifications CALS, PALS.


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