Registered Nurse Perioperative Svcs Intern
Newport, RI 
Posted 12 days ago
Job/Internship Description

Newport Hospital is running a OR Residency starting 2/1/2022. This will prepare a new graduate RN or experienced RN without OR experience to work in the Operating Room. If you are a RN who has been interested in the OR but did not know where to get the training then this is an exciting opportunity!


Perioperative Novice Nurse Program is a 6 month program dedicated to providing
training and education to Registered Nurses either new graduates or experienced
RNs who have not worked in the intraoperative setting in the previous five
years or more. Under the general
supervision of the PeriOperative Services Nurse Educator nurses will be
equipped with the fundamental skills and tools critical to providing patient
care in the perioperative setting. Interns
will be trained to perform the duties of scrub nurse and circulating


The intern will consistently
apply the corporate values of respect honesty fairness and the constant
pursuit of excellence in improving the health status of the people of the
region through the provision of customer-friendly geographically accessible
and high-value services within the environment of a comprehensive integrated
academic health system. The intern is
responsible for knowing and acting in accordance with the principles of the
Lifespan Corporate Compliance Program and Code of Conduct.

Lifespan employees are
expected to embrace Lifespan's mission of "Delivering health with
care" and successfully role model Lifespan's values of Compassion
Accountability Respect and Excellence as these guide our everyday actions
with patients customers and one another.

1. The initial five to six
weeks comprises the didactic portion of the program; consisting of classroom
lectures selected evidence-based literature reviews simulation practice and
observational experiences in the operating room. During this phase of training the intern
will be paired with preceptors who will model program objectives exploring the
PNDS Domains of Safety Physiologic Response to Surgery Behavioral Response to
Surgery and the Health Care System.
Students will be asked for return demonstration of skills.

2. The remaining 20 weeks of
training are spent in service-line rotations designed to familiarize the nurse
intern with various surgical specialties equipment supplies and processes as
they further develop their critical thinking skills. Interns will progressively become more
independent during the program.

3. The intern utilizes the nursing
process throughout the pre-intra- and post-operative phases of care. They will:

  1. Performs preop nursing
    assessments as demonstrated by a review of patient information. Ensures
    pertinent information is readily available (e.g. lab reports consents
    history and physical plan of care); ensures pre-operative medications
    preps and orders have been carried out; verifies patient*s identity prior
    to surgical procedure; institutes patient and family teaching; and
    completes a verbal hand-off from the preoperative nurse.

  1. Demonstrates
    progressive critical thinking skills as demonstrated by the development of
    intraoperative nursing diagnosis outcome identification and plan of
    care. Implements patient specific
    plan and evaluates the appropriateness of planned or prescribed
    treatment. Modifies treatment or
    contacts physician as circumstances require.

4. Interns learn to perform
nursing duties according to the policies procedures and evidence-based best
practice of area assigned. Assists
during surgical procedures by ensuring patient safety preparing and/or
directing others in preparation of instruments equipment and supplies;
scrubbing or circulating on cases under the tutelage of expert RN and Surgical
Technologist preceptors; anticipating needs of surgeon; maintaining sterile
techniques and preventing infection; applying dressings; administering
medication; developing the ability to react to life-threatening situations and
providing for total nursing care of patients in the Operating Room.

5. Interns learn to maintain the
electronic medical record reporting pertinent information regarding patient*s
condition medication given and treatments administered during the
intraoperative phase of care.

6. Maintains and enhances
professional expertise through engaged participation in educational activities
and dedication to lifelong learning.

Other information:


1. Interpersonal skills to
effectively communicate with patients physicians and other hospital personnel.

2. Visual and aural acuity to
monitor patient progress.

3. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide
care to patients throughout the life span with consideration of aging
processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the
care process.

4. Graduation from accredited school of nursing with a
BSN Degree.

5. Must have current licensure to practice as a
Registered Nurse in the State of Rhode Island.

All individuals
must successfully complete the didactic portion of class by passing the Final
Exam with a score of 80%.

7. Successful completion of all service line rotations as
evidenced by positive feedback and reviews from preceptors and direct
observation of student*s work validating incorporation of knowledge into

8. Successful completion of all PeriOperative Nursing
Competencies and demonstrated ability to practice independently upon graduation
from the program.

Verbal agreement
at day 79 to complete the program and commit to 3 years of employment within
the department upon graduation from the Internship Program. Interns who commit to surgical services and
day 80 through 3 years from graduation resign from their position within the
department may be required to re-pay the department tuition costs on a
pro-rated basis as outlined in the internship contract.

10. At month 5 prior to graduation from the PeriOperative
Novice Nurse Program the intern will bid into or be assigned to an open
fulltime position based upon departmental needs.


1. Works in Operating Room and
post-anesthesia recovery area with frequent exposure to anesthetic gases.

2. Some risk in injury from
puncture by surgical instruments exposure to infectious wounds; burns from
autoclaves and electrical equipment but hazards minimized through adherence to
appropriate established precautionary procedures.

3. Physical ability for
extensive walking and standing; lifting positioning and pushing patients on

4. Works 40 hours per week for
the duration of the internship program with some rotations to PMs nights
holidays and weekends. Assigned to call
with an expert nurse for the duration of the program.



Applications are accepted online
by applying to this posting. Your online submission must include a resume and
cover letter. The cover letter is your letter of intent and should include why
you are interested in the Perioperative Internship Program. It should also
include what makes you an ideal candidate for the Operating Room.

If you are selected for an
interview we will request a letter of recommendation. If you are a new
graduate RN then the letter can be from either a Clinical Instructor or
Nursing Professor. If you are an experienced RN then the letter should be from
a current or recent nursing manager.

Deadline for applications is
December 31 2018. The program is expected to start early January 2019.

We encourage you to take the
opportunity to join our excellent team of perioperative nurses at Newport Hospital!


Applications will be accepted
online. After submitting the online application a completed packet should
be emailed to
. Complete application packet must include:

  • Updated

  • A Cover
    Letter which is your letter of intent stating why you are interested in
    the Perioperative Internship program and what makes you an ideal candidate
    for the Operating Room

  • Any
    letters of recommendation from Nursing instructors Nursing professors or
    current employers in the healthcare field (optional at this time)

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Location: Newport Hospital USA:RI:Newport

Work Type: Full Time

Shift: 1

Union: Non-Union

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ethnicity, sexual identity or orientation, ancestry, genetics, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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As soon as possible
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