University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill Surgical Clinic Nurse in United States

Employment Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Vacancy ID: P009431

Salary Range: $55,518 - $67,855

Position Summary/Description:


Many patients who have elected surgery require a variety of appointments prior to the procedure. The position must be able to identify these needs, coordinate scheduling, and communicate with the patient. The position must have knowledge of the patient’s medical history, medical terminology, familiarity with surgical equipment necessary for each procedure, knowledge of pre- and post-operative instructions for each procedure, as well as the ability to administer medication. Communication with other medical centers, private practices, social workers, and home care providers is essential.

The OMFS clinic nurse evaluates and treats medically compromised patients who often have complicated medical histories. This position must exercise thoughtful and exceptional judgement when assessing patient conditions and situations. Failure to perform the duties of this position jeopardize patient care, result in unfortunate medical consequences, possible legal ramifications, and loss of income for the Department.

The greatest percentage of this position responsibility involves out-patient care in the OMFS resident clinic. The Nurse will be expected to order and retrieve medication from the hospital pharmacy, and dispense and record controlled and other pharmaceutical substances. This position will be responsible for maintaining usage and disposal records is a critical responsibility.

The Nurse is part of the response team who assists patients experiencing medical emergencies in the School of Dentistry. Obtaining vital signs, placement of EKG leads, use of defibrillator, establishing intravenous access, administering drugs, using the glucometer, etc. are necessary elements of the position. Responsible for intra-operative monitoring and recovery of sedated and/or anesthetized patients. Requires placement of intravenous lines, administration of intravenous drugs, monitoring vital signs, use of the pulsoximeter, EKG recorder, etc. Track by logging anesthesia administration, including drugs used by patient and provider as required by CODA accreditation standards.

The ultimate goal of the OMFS resident clinic nurse is to ensure that the following primary functions are carried out completely, efficiently, and professionally in accordance with department objectives, School of Dentistry policy, and standard of nursing care policies. While executing these functions, the OMFS resident clinic nurse must also be able to perform the duties of each clinical staff member as necessary when there is an increased patient load or employee absence.

Education and Experience:

License to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina.

Essential Skills:

Experience in recovery room, emergency medicine, or critical care nursing. Ability to administer emergency care, IV therapy, and medications. Ability to counsel patients and their family members and the ability to explain surgical treatment procedures, medications, personal care, post-op instructions, and other health-related needs. This position is required to act independently making sound, thorough nursing decisions.

Preparation and administration of IM or IV medications, IV therapy, and assistance with surgery and patient care all require excellent tactile and manual dexterity. Excellent communication skills and the ability to respond quickly to a situation. The position is often required to work with medically compromised patients, physically and mentally handicapped, bleeding, and infected patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric ages. The position must assist/insist on proper disposal of sharp instruments. Chemical hazard, infection control, OSHA guidelines, UNC, and UNC Healthcare fire and safety guidelines must be followed.

Maintain BLS, PALS, and ACLS certifications.

Preferred :

Excellent nursing assessment skills – recognizing subtle changes, symptoms, or other problems.

AA/EEO Statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.