Surgery Scheduling Coordinator / RN

Surgery Scheduling Coordinator / RN

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Gothenburg Health, a Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic, located in beautiful central Nebraska (close to North Platte and Kearney), is currently seeking an energetic and motivated individual to join our team.



This position is responsible at all times to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of Scheduling RN, Preoperative RN and Postoperative RN.  Responsibilities include: completing prior authorization, scheduling surgeries, patient perioperative education, collaboration with Surgeons Clinics, providing surgical patient care by assessing, planning, and implementing the nursing care patients receive before, and after surgery.

Benefits at a Glance

  • Family YMCA Membership
  • Competitive Wages
  • State of the Art Facility
  • Excellent Benefits
  • Paid Training

Primary Responsibilities

Scheduling RN

  • Initiates Prior Authorization when order for Surgery is received
  • Collaborates with Surgeon Clinic to receive orders for procedures along with obtaining pertinent patient and procedure information.
  • Completes PreOperative education including procedure date/times, medication instructions, Perioperative prep instruction as needed.
  • Completes PreOpeative Visit Assessment which includes review of patient history including medication, procedures, socioecomic, and anesthesia experiences.
  • Works effectively in the Electronic Health Record to communicate with appropriate staff and scheduling of Surgical Cases.
  • Communicates with CRNA regarding patient history, follows instructions to obtain further patient records, holding/administration of patient’s home medication, approval for surgery.
  • Documents completeness of Surgery Checklist.
  • Initiates notification to Surgery Scrub team of any added procedures.

Preoperative/Postoperative RN

  • Supervises bedside of the post-anesthetic patient, to include physical assessment, monitoring of vital signs, airway management, and other pertinent assessments.
  • Carries out pertinent physician orders.
  • Provides emergency care measures as indicated.
  • Communicates with CRNA, surgeon, and/or physician of change in patient’s condition.
  • Determines when patient is sufficiently stable to return to next level of care.
  • Documents assessments and care provided.
  • Communicates with acute care staff when patient is transferred.
  • Cleans and restocks recovery room.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with facility and department infection control policies.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patients, department and hospital.
  • Has a clear understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and develops and follows department policies and procedures to maintain compliance.
  • Works effectively as a team member within the facility to provide quality service to hospital departments through communication, cooperation, and collaboration.
  • Expands job-related knowledge and skills to improve and adjust to change.
    Participates in departmental CQI.
  • Follows policies and procedures to contribute to the efficiency of the Surgical Department.
  • Attends scheduled inservices that pertain to the hospital as a whole or to the Surgical Department.
  • Performs other related duties as needed in order to support the achievement of department goals and objectives.
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.
  • Completes required continuous training and education, including department specific requirements.
  • Provides patients with instruction prior to admission for elective surgery or diagnostic procedure.
  • Oversees patient observation and dismissal following diagnostic procedures, unless taken to acute care area


  • Ability to work and stand continuously (up to 80% of the time) and up to 30% of the time lifting, positioning, and transporting equipment and patients of varying weights.
  • Ability to work for long periods of times as required.
  • Ability to see and hear in order to safely care for patients, prepare for cases, and make accurate assessments and observations.


  • Ability to work varying and unpredictable hours and in an “on call” position including weekend and holiday rotations.
  • Frequent exposure to infection, disease, unpleasant odors and sights, blood and body fluids, and various types of patient behavior.
  • Ability to work in close contact with medical and anesthesia staff, many times under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to assess situations between colleagues and act as a liaison or mediator as necessary.
  • Must have good communication skills with a particular attention to details.
  • May require travel to attend continuing education, workshops, and seminars outside the institution.


  • Current nursing licensure in state to practice.
  • Must possess knowledge in the following areas:
    • Sterile supplies and equipment and use in the OR
    • Surgical Tech techniques
    • Suture and instruments
    • Anesthetic agents and intubation
    • Recovery room care
    • Blood-borne pathogen information
    • Pharmacology knowledge, especially of those products used in operating room and recovery room.
  • Verbal and written English communication skills for safe and effective patient care and to meet documentation standards.
  • Desire to work within a comprehensive health care team.
  • Current BLS and ACLS certification.

Candidates must maintain confidentiality of patient, department, and hospital information as well as demonstrate a clear understanding of HIPAA regulations. Start the process by completing an online application today.


Gothenburg Health | Modern medical care lives here. You can see that commitment in our state of the art surgical wing, new patient wing, construction of a medically integrated YMCA on our campus, and most importantly, in the amazing team who is Gothenburg Health.  Please contact Katrina Twomey with questions about this career opportunity: | 308-537-4034

Gothenburg Health is an equal opportunity provider and employer.