Primary function is to schedule all elective surgical cases. Additional functions include logging cases post-op, completing statistics, compiling and distribution of the Operating Room schedule. The Perioperative Secretary performs primary clerical duties and other duties as assigned for assorted areas within the Surgical Service. Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to patients'/caregivers' rights, as identified within the institution.
Major Position Responsibilities:
Answers phone professionally using the “Seven Standards Service Excellence”.
Schedules all add-on surgeries for the Operating Room, Endoscopy and Outpatient Post Anesthesia Care Units.
Orders needed tests and requests for patient information through the computer or fax.
Assist Charge Nurse in running daily clerical activities of the unit.
Performs other related duties as required or assigned.
Utilizes nursing documentation forms/computer according to hospital/unit policy and guidelines with Unit Secretary scope of practice.
Complies and collates patient information for the day and checks for completeness of patient chart.
Compiles and distributes the preliminary O.R. schedule to the Operating Room, Outpatient Surgery Department, Endoscopy and Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
Assures the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of all patients/significant others.
Functions with an awareness and application of safety issues as identified within the Medical Center.
Performs efficiently in emergency situations following established policy and procedure under the direction of the RN.
Maintains all unit specific and educational requirements.
Attends unit staff meetings as appropriate.
Performs appropriately and accepts responsibility for delegated duties.
Participates in unit quality improvement program as directed.
Demonstrates effective communication skills using lines of authority appropriately.
Communicates patient problems, concerns using appropriate lines of authority in a timely and effective manner.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
Qualifications: ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, & EXPERIENCE
Adequate typing skills, legible handwriting and knowledge of medical terminology.
Knowledge of operative procedures preferred.
Computer experience with Windows applications preferred.
High School diploma or GED, required.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.