Registered Nurse - Surgery

010 Operating Room · Colby, Kansas
Department 010 Operating Room
Employment Type FT
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Dependent upon experience

Citizens Health is looking for a Registered Nurse to work full-time in the surgery department at Citizens Medical Center.


Our Mission: Enhancing the lives of those we serve.

About Us: Citizens Health is a community based, private, not-for-profit organization. It is comprised of:

Citizens Medical Center - a 25 bed critical access hospital,

Family Center for Health Care - an outpatient rural health clinic,

Prairie Senior - a skilled nursing facility,

Citizens Clubhouse - an onsite childcare center that cares for children 6 weeks to school age for our workforce,

Citizens Medical Equipment - our durable medical equipment business. 

We strive to be progressive, dependable and knowledgeable, while providing compassionate, evidence-based care to the residents of northwest Kansas.

Location: 100 E College Ave, Colby, Ks

Position Information: Citizens Health is looking for a Registered Nurse to work full-time in the surgery department Citizens Medical Center. 

Registered Nurses will report to the Surgery Manager.

Days/Hours: 7am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Pay Range: Dependent upon experience.

What you’ll do:

  • Provide pre-operative and peri-operative and post-operative care of patients through the use of assessment, planning and appropriate intervention.
  • Provide post-anesthesia recovery care of patients the use of assessment, planning and appropriate intervention, with special attention to patients post-anesthesia safety. 
  • Determine that the patients charts are complete and all consents are signed. Accurately documents all patient peri-operative and recovery care and associated charges.
  • Monitor patient in the recovery phase of care using PARS as a guideline. Reports variances in vital signs as necessary. Give special attention to patient’s respiratory status from maintenance of adequate oxygen saturation and prevention of pulmonary complications.
  • Monitor all tubes for proper drainage and records information. Monitors IV infusions for site patency and proper rate.
  • Check post-op orders for instructions pertinent to Recovery Room care and/or immediate needs after the patient returns to the floor. Notifies floor Staff of any special patient needs and of the planned time of dismissal from the Recovery Room.
  • Accompany patient to floor and report to receiving nurse all pertinent information regarding the patient’s Surgical and Recovery Room care.
  • Promote positive interpersonal relationships and demonstrate effective communication skills to solve problems, to carry out hospital policies and procedures and coordinate patient care. 
  • Promote own professional growth and demonstrate professional conduct in regard to the department, professional relationships, and the practice of nursing.

 What you bring to the table:

  • Current RN Licensure by the Kansas Board of Nursing or state compound
  • Current BLS, ACLS and PALS certification or willing to obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Adequate knowledge of nursing theory and practices. 
  • Thorough knowledge of principles, methods and techniques involved in performing general nursing services and adapting or modifying standard nursing practices for care of specific cases. 
  • Ability to deal understandingly and tactfully in a professional manner with patients and their families. 
  • Ability to maintain good working relationship with personnel in other departments.
  • Ability to provide direction in application of nursing process, quality improvement standard, organization and departmental goals and objectives, and the State Nurse Practice Act.

 To be successful within our organization you will need to:

  • Possess interpersonal skills needed to function in a ‘team’ setting.
  • Be a self-starter who takes initiative, is open minded and a team player. 
  • Maintain a positive attitude with good energy. 
  • Create a positive, supportive working atmosphere.
  • Display integrity and accountability. 
  • Accept and respond to constructive criticism and suggestions and strives for self-improvement.
  • Adhere to organization policies and procedures.
  • Arrive at work on time and when scheduled.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, initiative and ingenuity in performing job tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and maintains professional appearance.         
  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects the image of the institution.


Typical Working Conditions: 

Work in an air-conditioned environment with a temperature of 65-72 degrees Fahrenheit, and humidity of 45-55%. When assigned to assist with pediatric cases, temperature may be up to 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Must wear hospital-provided scrub attire while on duty. Potential for cuts, bruises, muscle strain and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and/or other diseases. Potential for exposure to anesthetic waste gases, harsh disinfectants, sterilizing agents, exposure to high steam pressure and radiologic environment.  This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.


Typical Physical Demands:

Requires standing, walking, bending, crouching/stooping, and carrying approximately 75% of the time when caring for patients and assisting with surgical procedures.  Requires sitting approximately 25% of the time with repetitive motion of the hand and wrist at desk to write in charts and answer phone. Requires pushing/pulling and reaching approximately 50% of the time that is spent standing to move beds, carts, equipment, and turning patients.  Requires lifting and lowering patients/objects with 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally.  Moving patients/objects over 50 pounds requires assistance of a mechanical lifting device or another person.  Normal vision, with or without correction, which is adequate for reading, use of computer, and evaluation of patient status. Distinction of color necessary for evaluation of limited amount of specimen analysis. Hearing adequate for all types of interpersonal communication. Must be able to work closely with other hospital personnel, physicians, patients, and family.  Works under stressful conditions and pressure due to demands of procedure, surgeon, and safety of patient.  Must be able to operate the following machines, tools, and equipment:  O.R. beds, fracture tables, recovery beds, steam sterilizer, compressed gas gauges, microscopes, sharps, electrosurgical devices, and power instruments.  Must be immediately available to physically intervene and provide care for patients when supervising scrub technicians or LPNs or assisting with surgical cases.  This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.

Available Benefits:

Medical, dental and vision insurance available

Pre-Tax and Roth Contributions

  • Automatic 6% salary deferral upon employment
  • Regular and matching contributions after one-year and 1,000 hours worked

Provides Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

  • Full-time coverage - equal to two times employees annual income
  • Part-time coverage - one-time annual income

Differential and Certification Pay

  • Eligible employees receive shift, weekend and holiday differential pay

Other Benefits

Paid time off

On-site child care services

Funeral leave

Health Savings Account

Dependent, Medical and Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Accounts

Aflac Group Insurance

Discounted membership rate for EagleMed and LifeSave

Many More!

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Citizens Medical Center, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or discharge history, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

I understand that neither the completion of this application nor any other part of my consideration for employment establishes any obligation for CMCI to hire me.  If I am hired, I understand that either CMCI or I can terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, with or without cause and without prior notice.  I understand that no representative of CMCI has the authority to make any assurance to the contrary.

Citizens Medical Center, Inc. implements a Drug Free Workplace Program.  Drug testing is required of applicants in accordance with relevant laws. 

If you need assistance to complete this application or during any phase of the application, interview, or employment process, please notify the Human Resources Department (785) 460-4842.  Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your needs in a timely manner. 

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  • Location
    Colby, Kansas
  • Department
    010 Operating Room
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Dependent upon experience