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Charge Nurse (RN) Outpatient Surgery Days $15,000 Sign On and Referral Bonus - Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital at Houston Methodist

Charge Nurse (RN) Outpatient Surgery Days $15,000 Sign On and Referral Bonus - Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Houston Methodist Houston, TX Full Time

At Houston Methodist, the Operation Room (OR) Charge Nurse IIB position is a licensed professional Registered Nurse (RN), who, as an experienced clinician, functions at the Competent to Proficient stage of Benner's model of clinical practice. This position coordinates interdepartment communication with all those involved in the care delivered to our diverse patient population (i.e. Anesthesia Board Runner, Sterile Processing staff, Pre-op, PACU, Bed Control Perfusionists, ICU, Monitoring, and Cell Savers) as well as creates an environment for the management and delivery of safe patient care. In addition to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a clinical nurse, the OR Charge Nurse IIB position is a role model and assists in coaching and mentoring department staff in areas of clinical and professional practice. Role modeling compassionate communication with physicians and the interprofessional health care team, the OR Charge Nurse IIB assumes leadership responsibilities with high level contributions in the unit, service line, and across the institution. Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to leading unit and shared governance activities, assessing unit needs related to practice and improvement opportunities, serving as a clinical resource for both unit and hospital staff and coordinating unit and hospital-wide education in partnership with management.

As charge nurse, there is a responsibility to assist in the absences of other staff. 


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  1. Accurately and clearly communicates information regarding the OR schedule and staffing resource needs. Reviews next day OR schedule and works with the management team to make room assignments based on skill and knowledge. Communicates with staff concerning changes in their assignment, taking into consideration staff competency. Reassigns staff to another room as appropriate, directly informing staff or their manager. (EF)
  2. Ensures students, new medical students, residents, and visitors, etc. have been appropriately processed/credentialed accordingly. Maintains constant awareness that observers and visitors do not scrub, escalating issues as they arise. (EF)
  3. Fosters staff engagement by demonstrating active listening, requesting and acknowledging feedback, making equitable decisions, providing rationale when appropriate, and supporting organizational goals. Anticipates the needs of the staff members and proactively offers assistance. Role models interprofessional communication, which includes active listening and teaching, and assists with staff stress management as needed. Improves department scores for turnover/retention/engagement on unit-based scorecard. (EF)


  1. Leads the patient and family-centered care standards, as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document. Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles. Proactively recognizes, determines a plan of action, and responds to situations, such as emergency codes. (EF)
  2. Coordinates activities that align the surgeon and their schedule for efficiency and effectiveness by going to rooms and communicating with the surgeon and staff assigned as to the projection for time to send for the next patient. Communicates and discusses information with Anesthesia board runner and staff assigned to to-follow case. (EF)
  3. Confers with the Lead in Sterile Processing/Materials Management to ensure all cases are pulled and all equipment, instrumentation, and supplies are available for scheduled cases and any appropriate resources are ready for use. (EF)
  4. Maintains ongoing interactions with entire care team, and patients and families as appropriate, throughout the perioperative experience, on improvement of patient care through consistent rounding, as needed. DrivesR F department service standards and activities to improve department score for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard, through role modeling and fostering accountability. (EF)


  1. Models the standards of care related to the nursing process, as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document by actively participating in continuous improvement environment initiatives to improve quality and safety scores on the unit and hospital scorecards, through peer-to-peer accountability, using teachable moments, reporting near misses and identifying solutions by collaborating with the interprofessional team promoting situational awareness. (EF)
  2. Coordinates OR flow throughout the shift considering staff skill level and safety to ensure that duty to patients can be met. Reviews surgery schedule the day prior and at the beginning of the shift, delegating appropriately with Sterile Processing Department (SPD) team. Informs staff, anesthesia, and surgeon of any issues. (EF)
  3. Facilitates seamless patient flow to/from/through the department by providing an accurate report to oncoming OR Charge Nurse or upcoming on-call staff, ensuring all emergency add-on cases are posted on the schedule, anticipating any changes to schedule, communicating to OR staff and to all involved department. Role models the standards related to regulatory requirements and professional practice as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document. (EF)


  1. Reviews the OR schedule on a regular ongoing basis with Anesthesia board runner and interprofessional health care team, determining room availability, to maximize productive use of operating rooms. (EF)
  2. Ensure staff has checked their rooms and removed what is not needed and that restocking has occurred. Hold assigned staff accountable for restocking. Oversees shift by shift resource utilization through the allocation of staff, supplies and contributions to the patient throughput. (EF)
  3. Implements department strategies to achieve financial target on unit-based scorecard and encourages others to do the same through timely documentation of care, optimizing efficiency, minimizing incidental overtime, and other areas according to department specifications. (EF)


  1. Encourages identification and implementation of innovative solutions for practice changes to improve patient care or unit operations such as reduction of hospital readmissions or other department-specific measures by leading and/or participating in unit projects and shared governance activities. Incorporates evidence-based practices which are presented to shared governance and leadership. Supports change initiatives and adapts to unexpected changes. (EF)
  2. Identifies and assumes responsibility of own learning needs and seeks continuing education opportunities to meet those needs. Develops and disseminates, as appropriate, informational/educational resources and programs designed to improve quality and professional practice. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.  BSN preferred.


  • Two years operating room nursing experience with demonstration of progressive leadership skills


  • Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • American Heart Association Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Life Support (PALS) and/or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) as defined by unit/service line
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) through National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) within six months of eligibility

Recommended Skills

Basic Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Neonatal Resuscitation Programs
Registered Nurse Certified
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Intensive Care Unit

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