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Clinical Nurse I

Georgetown University Hospital

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Clinical Nurse I at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Clinical Nurse I

Pre-Surgical Testing

Regular Full-Time

- Four 10-hour shifts; Weekdays



Contact: Anne Parker


Pre-Surgical Testing Department

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Pre Surgical Testing Department provides care for patients to ensure that all necessary medical information is obtained and preoperative requirements are completed prior to the day of surgery.  The Pre-surgical Testing Department supports our 23 Operating Rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient treatment along the following service lines:  orthopedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, thoracic, and general surgery.  Our highest priority is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.

As a Pre-Surgical Testing nurse, you will assess patients to determine if they need an appointment for specialized evaluations, preoperative blood tests and/or diagnostic testing. Pre-Surgical Testing care is provided either during a clinic appointment or via a screening phone call, and in some cases, both.  Nurses are primarily assigned to one area per shift. 

-          Pre-Surgical Testing Clinic: The nurse is responsible for assessing the patient and obtaining pertinent health data in coordination with anesthesia providers. The goal is to effectively identify anesthesia risk in advance of surgery; thereby minimizing day of surgery cancellations while optimizing the patient for the surgical experience.  Additionally, the RN provides emotional support and extensive patient education to prepare the patient and assist in setting realistic post-operative expectations.

-          Pre-Surgical Testing Phone Bank: The nurse is responsible for the same duties as listed above, but the care is provided primarily over the phone.  We begin calling patients 14 days prior to surgery to ensure all necessary health data is collected and reviewed 24-48 hours prior to surgery.

The Pre-Surgical Testing Department values nursing education and professional development.  As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses' skills and experience.  Additionally, the Clinical Educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all Pre-Surgical Testing associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates and suite attendants.


-          Two years of Perioperative or Medical/Surgical care with telemetry experience is required.

-           Experience with Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) is an asset. 



       Candidate must possess:

-          Excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills

-          The ability remain calm and professional in a fast pace environment

-          Exceptional customer service skills, including effective listening skills and service recovery

-          Critical thinking, multitasking, prioritization, and decisive judgment Flexible, adaptable and willing to take on new challenges. 

-          The desire to seek out additional responsibilities and collaborate for the improvement of the department


Education and Certifications:    


-          BSN required; candidates enrolled in a BSN program may be considered

-          Current BLS for Healthcare Providers certification required.  PALS required within 3 months of hire.




-          Full-time position is available

-          10-hour shifts

-          Eight week schedules; Self-scheduling

-          Staggered shifts from 6:00AM-6:00PM, Monday-Friday

-          Minimal weekend call required


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The incumbent in this position is responsible for providing competent professional nursing care using the nursing process. These functions are performed in accordance with the District of Columbia Nurse Practice Act and all other applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards. EDUCATION AND OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing. LICENSURE AND OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse; current Basic Life Support (BLS). EXPERIENCE: To meet unit criteria. SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to perform the nursing technologies.  Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to set priorities and work under stress. 


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