Surgery

Few specialties at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital rival surgery for its energy, fast pace and variety. Whether you arrive with years of experience or a new degree, count on our thorough orientation to make you feel part of the team. Evidence-based practice drives our resolve to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Steeped in a tradition of innovation, we initiate better ways to deliver patient-centered care.

Certification by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses or by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses is promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.

Patient Population Newborn and older
Unit Size 7 rooms, with 2 more opening in the future
Nurse-to-Patient Ratio OR – 1:1, RN circulator in each OR;
PACU – 1:2; Day Surgery – 1:3
Rotations/Shifts 8-hour/ 24-hour coverage in OR and PACU through the week. Some “call” on the weekends.
Skill Mix Mainly RN, with 2 RNFAs in OR
Orientation

Operating Room—An extensive six-month program depending on OR experience. The orientee is guided through the experience with the help of the Perioperative Educator and an assigned preceptor.

Postanesthesia Care Unit—The Perioperative Educator works closely with the orientee’s preceptor and the orientee to turn out a competent PACU colleague. The length of the orientation may vary depending on experience but is generally three months.

Day Surgery—Six weeks spent with a preceptor and the Perioperative Educator work to turn an orientee into a valuable, functioning Day Surgery nurse.