Perioperative


Our Perioperative nurses are patient advocates in the truest form: there when the patient needs them most.

Our talented nurses work in conjunction with nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists. Together, we collaborate with top physicians on procedures, treatments and multiple surgical operations. Not only are we the “OR team” in the surgical suite, we are also the recovery room team, transitioning patients after the surgical experience. Our teams see quick results, working with some of the smartest clinicians and taking part in critical operations.

Surgeries at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital can range from the vital to the complex to the truly groundbreaking. For example, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has accredited our hospital as a Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) hospital with the highest possible designation (1A). The top-level designation, a first for New York State and one of only seven nationwide, is indicative of our success in a multitude of surgical areas.

Collaboration
As a fundamental member of this team, you’ll work as a Circulating Nurse, Scrub Nurse or Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse. With additional specialist education and certification, you can join as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. You’ll collaborate with members of the surgical team to safeguard the patient, constantly monitoring the patient’s response to treatment. While patients are undergoing surgery, you are one of their greatest advocates. Highly trained, you’ll work alongside a great team whose primary goal is to detect the slightest changes in your patient and respond immediately to life-threatening conditions.

Immersion
Innovative surgeries are a focal-point at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and you are right in the midst of it. You’ll participate in the return to health of patients, from the challenging surgery through the critical hand-off to the receiving health care team. At NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, our surgical teams perform surgeries not seen anywhere else in the world. For example, we performed a 43-hour surgery to remove a tumor attached to several organs and vessels in a patient’s abdomen. In another procedure, we used a portable extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine as a bridge to lung transplantation—one of first times in the world this approach has been employed. All of these facets make perioperative nursing not just a rewarding but a riveting career.

Where We Work:

Nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital care for adults with a broad variety of conditions requiring surgery, from cancer to gastrointestinal disorders to plastic surgery and more. Nurses in our four ORs work closely with renowned surgeons who draw on a steady stream of research and innovation, not only caring for patients undergoing traditional types of surgery, but also caring for large numbers of patients undergoing minimal-access procedures, such as laparoscopic hernia repair, appendectomy and colon surgery.

Our Department of Surgery is a recognized Center of Excellence for the treatment of gallbladder diseases. Established by New York State, a Center of Excellence honors the highest technology ventures through a collaborative approach between the state, academia and private companies. In keeping with this status, we’re the most active referral center for the surgical treatment of gallstones in the New York metropolitan area.

Welcome to our enormous perioperative nursing team, where we assist in operations in 30 highly advanced ORs every day. Our teams specialize in a number of surgeries—most notably, transplant, neurology, orthopedics, cardiac, GI and bariatric surgeries. Our nurses also assist in vascular, plastic and surgical oncology procedures.

Our Department of Urology is a national leader in robotic prostatectomy. Collaborating with the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, our nurses practice in one of the nation's premier urologic cancer treatment facilities. Our Robotics Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is one of only a few medical centers in the world with the expertise to offer comprehensive, minimally invasive robotic surgery of the prostate (prostatectomy), kidney (nephrectomy), bladder (cystectomy) and adrenal gland.

Our neurology teams continue the century-long tradition of the Neurological Institute of New York, providing a diversity of neurological services that continue to revolutionize neurosurgery. We merge best practices in care with state-of-the-art treatments, collaborating across disciplines to put innovations into practice. Current research areas include the Bartoli Brain Tumor Laboratory, Center for Peripheral Nerve Surgery Laboratory and Epilepsy Neurophysiology Laboratory.


NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital provides a full spectrum of sophisticated surgical procedures across eight state-of-the-art OR and endoscopy suites. Our skilled RNs access opportunities across all hospital service lines, in a department that promotes education and leadership. Each team includes three different shift leader opportunities for caring and compassionate nurses. Regular in-services include the extended team of nurses, anesthetists, and physicians.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital surgical service lines include:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Trauma and Critical Care
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

Our perioperative nurses, with a talent for pediatrics, thrive across a spectrum of surgical specialties—adolescent to bariatric, cardiac, neuro, organ transplantation and urology. We house eight ORs, including the OR-1 integrated operating room, dedicated to pediatric minimal access surgery. Our Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary weight program that combats pediatric obesity, one of the most prevalent health issues of our time.

Our surgeons have performed over 265 heart transplants in children, making our hospital one of the largest pediatric heart transplant centers in the world. Our Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program dates back to 1984, when the world’s first successful pediatric heart transplant was performed at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

Since then, our Pediatric Heart Transplant Program has continued the proud tradition of leadership in pediatric heart transplantation. Likewise, our organ transplantation services provide surgeries of vital importance to children with acute or chronic organ failure. Our specially trained nursing team coordinates all aspects of transplant care. We’re proud of our outstanding success rates for pediatric liver, lung, renal and small bowel transplants.


Nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center enjoy a collegial relationship with world-renowned surgeons—our partners in the care of the patient. Our teams utilize a wide range of the latest and greatest technology, often before any other department. That means there’s always something here to challenge every perioperative nurse, regardless of years in service.

With over 35 ORs, we’re proud to offer a full surgical service—handling adult and pediatric procedures. Our facilities also house a large robotics program. Our nurses collaborate with several of the world’s leading experts in robotic prostatectomy and urologic oncology.

Recently, a $3 million gift from the Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Charitable Foundation established the LeFrak Center for Robotic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The LeFrak Center focuses on robotic treatments for prostate cancer and urologic conditions, supporting innovation in otolaryngology, obstetrics, gynecology and ophthalmology. The LeFrak gift made possible the purchase of a new da Vinci surgical robot, the third such device at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Prerequisites for Perioperative

  • Clinical Nurses:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing preferred

  • Nurse Leaders:
  • Master’s in Nursing or related field required
  • Certification in Perioperative Nursing is highly recommended

  • Role Responsibilities
  • Scrub Nurse: Working within the sterile field and scrubbing in to assist the surgeon. Anticipating and passing sterile instruments. Works closely with the circulating nurse.
  • Circulating Nurse: Fully responsible for the overall management of nursing care in the OR during the surgical procedure. As patient advocate, observes the surgical team from a broad perspective and assists the team in creating and maintaining a safe, comfortable environment. Alerts the post-anesthesia care unit or the ICU to prepare for the patient’s arrival.
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Nurse: Ensures safe delivery of the patient to the recovery area. Collaborates with certified registered nurse anesthetist, anesthesiologists and surgeons to minimize complications from anesthesia. Monitors and supports the patient as he or she wakes. Reassures and educates patients on the plan of care as appropriate.
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist: Safely administers anesthetics to the patient in the operating room. Delivers anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists and more. Practices the highest degree of autonomy. Provides anesthesia through all accepted techniques, including general, epidural, spinal, peripheral nerve block, sedation or local.

  • Our surgical areas include:
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Ophthalmological Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma Service
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

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