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Clinical Nurse, Preop/PACU

Great Bend, Kansas

Job ID: R-20104

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Our nurses are leaders and decision makers, working closely with physicians to provide the best care and most advanced treatments. On our team, you’ll work in an environment of respect and professionalism, and you’ll have the support to advance your nursing career in the direction you choose. Find out more about the wide variety of opportunities for nurses at The University of Kansas Health System.


Job Summary

Job ID: R-20104 Job Type: Full time Location: Great Bend, Kansas
Position Summary / Career Interest:

Looking for FT and PRN positions! Under the supervision of the nursing department’s management, the RN assumes the responsibility for the nursing processes of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation needed to deliver safe, evidence based care within their scope of practice.  


  • Collects and assesses initial and on-going data about the health status of the patient.
  • Initiates and/or revises an individualized plan of care that includes immediate and long-term outcomes for the patient/family and reflects the plan of the entire health care team.
  • Carries out interventions safely and in compliance with policy to facilitate achievement of expected outcomes.
  • Evaluates patient response to intervention/therapy based upon expected outcomes.
  • Provides patient education by explaining procedures, medications and giving instructions at a level the patient can understand.
  • Addresses patient’s questions and concerns.
  • Verifies patient informed consent when indicated.
  • Documents and communicates all required components of patient care.
  • Provides care to acutely and critically ill patients, in a highly technical and ongoing monitoring environment.  


  • Assess patient’s physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs through observation, interview, review of medical records & clinical data. Evaluates patient’s response and intervenes to ensure optimal patient outcome.
  • Performs airway management.
  • Identifies physical symptoms changes and provides appropriate treatment.
  • Demonstrates established techniques of safe administration of medications and parenteral fluids, according to hospital policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement patient plan of care and observe outcomes in accordance with nursing standards and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate competency in a variety of therapeutic/diagnostic interventions including but not limited to IV’s, incision/wound care, medication administration, catheterization and specimen collections.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of anesthetic drugs, actions, and side effects.  Demonstrates ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. 
  • Promote, advocate and collaborate to protect the health and safety and rights of each patient.
  • Provide patient/family education through assessment of patient/family learning readiness, needs, and ability. Provide teaching and evaluate effectiveness of teaching.
  • Delegates to non-RN personnel in accordance with State Board of Nursing and hospital policy.
  • Effectively uses time, personnel, equipment and supplies to provide high quality, cost effective patient care.
  • Manages resources and patient flow through matching nursing competencies with individualized patient’s and unit needs.
  • Uses standards of care, hospital policies/procedures and regulatory guidelines to guide practice.
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Precepts/mentors new staff or nursing students as needed.
  • Seeks out learning opportunities and continuing education.  Seeks experiences that reflect current practice in order to maintain skills and competence in clinical practice or role performance. Use current healthcare research findings and other evidence to expand clinical knowledge, enhance role performance, and increase knowledge of professional issues
  •  Maintains professional records that provide evidence of competency and lifelong learning.
  • Adapts to rapidly changing technology as evidenced by competency in technology and equipment used in the patient care setting.
  • Thorough and confidential maintenance of patient charts and records. Document ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes in accurate, timely manner. Use information technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  • Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain a steady level of productivity; self motivated. Organizes and manages activities reflecting due consideration for the needs of the department and staff.

Inpt Nursing GB

  • Demonstrates applied knowledge base in areas of medical/ surgical patient care, pain assessment and actions of pharmaceuticals and anesthetic agents, laboratory values, safety and legal issues and all emergency equipment.
  • Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department as outlines in the unit orientation checklist
  • Performs assessment/data collection in an ongoing and systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychologic and cognitive status.
  • Formulates a goal directed plan of care, which is prioritized and based on determined nursing diagnosis and patient outcomes.
  • Implements care in a knowledgeable, skilled, consistent manner in reaching the desired patient outcomes through nursing processes.
  • Establish priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs and available center resources of time, personnel, equipment and supplies.
  • Coordinates care delivery and education through collaboration with patient, family and all health care team providers to ensure safe, effective and quality patient care.
  • Performs documentation on the floor and in the patient record, in a timely, accurate and concise manner.
  • Reviews and carries out physician orders in an appropriate professional manner.
  • Performs efficiently in emergency patient situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons and documenting events.
  • Follows organizational policies & procedures in providing safe patient care.
  • Attends all mandatory in services and participates in staff meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned / required.   
  • These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit.



Requirements GB Pain Clinic

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing.

  • Current state nursing licenses or RN license from a participating state in the National Licensure Compact.

  • BLS

  • PALS

  • ACLS

Requirements GB Labor and Delivery

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • Knowledge of general nursing theory and practice required.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques involved in performing general nursing services and adapting or modifying standards of nursing practices for care of specific medical cases.
  • Current RN licensure in the State of Kansas or has work permit from the State Board of Nursing.
  • ACLS
  • Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) within six months.
  • Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM) within one year of employment
  • PALS within 6 months of employment. 
  • BLS certification with in the first two weeks of employment.

Requirements GB Inpatient Nursing

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.

  • Prior experience in specialty field preferred.

  • Knowledge of general nursing theory and practice.

  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in the State of Kansas or has work permit from the State Board of Nursing

  • BLS certification with in the first two weeks of employment.

  • ACLS certification required within 6 months of employment. 

Requirements at GB Emergency Department

  • Current Kansas Registered Nurse License
  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) required or must have plan to obtain BSN approved; in some cases, approval of experience or certifications may substitute for BSN.
  • Knowledge of general nursing and practice.
  • Cardiac Rhythms class required or must complete within six months of employment.
  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in the State of Kansas or work permit from the State Board of Nursing.
  • ACLS certification within 90 days of employment.
  • BLS certification with in the first two weeks of employment.
  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques involved in performing general nursing services and adapting or modifying standards of nursing practices for care of specific medical cases.
  • TNCC and ENPC required within one year of employment.

Requirements GB Pre-OP/PACU

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing required for new graduates, preferred for experienced RN's.
  • One year experience preferred Nursing skills and knowledge base specific to specialty
  • Current state nursing licenses or RN license from a participating state in the National Licensure Compact
  • BCLS certification
  • PALS Certification required within 6 months of employment.
  • ACLS Certification required within 6 months of employment.


Preferred GB Pain Clinic

  • One year experience preferred Nursing skills and knowledge base specific to specialty.

Preferred GB Emergency Department

  • Certified emergency nurse preferred.

Preferred GB Pre-OP/PACU

  • Certified OR Nurse (CNOR)

HIPAA: This position will have access to the following Protected Health Information in order to carry out the duties related to their position based on the following criteria:

Primary - required (routine) to do the job
Secondary - required for the job, but mostly be exception
None - no approved access

Description of Information Level

  • Patient Demographic Information (information used to identify a person): Name, Date of Birth, Address, Race, Marital Status, Religion
  • Financial Information/Insurance (information related to insurance, billing and payment): Billing Information, Payer Name, Payer ID, Account Balances, Plan Elements Covered, Payment Information, Payment Rates
  • Clinical Information (information that describes a patient's health status): Diagnosis, Reports/Medical Notes, Test Results, Problem List, Procedures, History and Physical
  • Coding Information (clinical information that is in (alpha) numeric format): ICD-9 Codes, Rev Codes, CPT Codes

Infection Control:
Initial and Ongoing training in dealing with infection control. Training's could include but are not limited to, blood borne pathogens, bodily fluids and bio hazardous materials as it applies to your daily work environment.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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The main reason I love coming to work is because of the amazing team. We promote a nursing culture that encourages kindness and teamwork, and I absolutely love that about our hospital. Riley Ferree, RN


  • Healthcare

    Our robust medical, dental and vision package allows you to choose options that are best for your family. We offer life, disability, and accident insurance plus voluntary offerings such as critical illness insurance and identity theft protection.

  • Giving back

    In addition to the quality healthcare we provide, we have opportunities to serve externally in our community in activities throughout the year.

  • Team-based culture

    At the health system, we are a team. If you are highly skilled and motivated but don’t want to work in an “everyone for themselves” culture like many academic institutions have, this is your place.

  • Support and Resources

    We have a comprehensive wellness program with resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health. Our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) includes free counseling sessions and legal advice options.

  • Tuition Reimbursement

    We offer tuition reimbursement for formal education credits.

  • 401(a)

    We offer a retirement savings plan with an employer contribute.

Success Profile

What makes a successful Nurse at The University of Kansas Health System? Review the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right combination.

  • Compassionate
  • Acccountable to Team
  • Takes Initiative
  • Possesses Integrity
  • Patient-Focused
  • Desire to Grow & Develop

Our Culture

  • Work with a team that supports you, in a place where you will feel you belong and will make a difference. We empower staff to put the patient first in all things – even beyond clinical care. We value people.
  • Driven to serve: Every employee makes an impact, regardless of your role – no matter if you’re in scheduling, facilities or clinical staff. We know that each step of the process ultimately impacts the patient.
  • Our leadership is approachable, open-minded, and adaptable to challenges in healthcare.
  • We demonstrate values proudly and consistently. Values such as diversity and inclusion are important to our staff; there is a desire to see this reflected by the health system internally and externally.
  • Even though we are a large organization, our employees feel the health system’s resources, culture and commitment to quality allow them to provide exceptional care for patients.
  • Our health system welcomes patients and cases that other hospitals cannot. This represents our commitment to care and our passion to challenge ourselves and be the best.
  • We are a true healthcare leader in the region, rooted in experience and excellence.
  • We offer unique opportunities for professional development, as well as convenient pathways for onsite continuing education among healthcare professionals and staff – from GED to CEUs.
  • We make a difference in our communities by improving the health and lives of our patients.
  • We also support our communities through Health System Employees Reaching Out events.

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