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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0007 / OR Nurse
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: CN14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under indirect supervision, performs circulation and/or scrub nurse duties in the operating room; assists surgeons in a variety of surgical procedures. Coordinates pre-op and post-op patient care. Ensures adherence to hospital or department and university policies, nursing procedures, standards, and practices.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs circulation and/or scrub nurse duties during operating room procedures.
  2. Schedules operating room cases; coordinates pre-op and post-op patient care.
  3. Assists with clinical procedures such as biopsies; notifies patients of pathology results as appropriate.
  4. Maintains records and slides as appropriate.
  5. May train and/or guide technical and support staff in clinical and surgical settings.
  6. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Associate's degree in Nursing; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure OR current RN licensure from a state participating in the multistate privilege to practice compact with New Mexico.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
  • Knowledge of nursing theory and practice.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to perform standard clinical procedures according to established protocols.
  • Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
  • Knowledge of OR, pre-op and/or post-op procedures.
  • Knowledge of patient care requirements before and after surgery.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017