Registered Nurse Surgical Day

  • Unity Health Toronto
  • Sep 16, 2021
Full time

Job Description

The RN works within a changing environment and in inter-professional teams to advocate for and promote wellness while ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and ethical nursing care. The RN shares his/her knowledge and expertise with others and contributes to the advancement of nursing practice excellence.  The RN continually enhances his/her practice and competencies through ongoing learning, education, experience and reflective practice.


The primary role of the RN is to provide holistic, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, patient-centered quality care in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario standards the National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada Standards, and SMH’s mission, vision, values and policies.  The RN optimizes the patient’s experience and care outcomes by:

  • Being accountable for one’s decisions and professional practice; 
  • Establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient;
  • Collaborating with other members of the patient’s care team; and,
  • Coordinating and communicating patient care activities.

The RN has 4 key areas of responsibility:

Patient Care: 

  • Acquires information to assess patient care and learning needs
  • Develops a plan of care and integrates nursing activities with other inter-professional activities
  • Engages in critical inquiry and reflection to select evidence-based interventions
  • Organizes nursing care and assigns or changes nursing care activities where appropriate
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the plan of care and adjusts the plan as needed
  • Anticipates, recognizes and addresses rapidly changing situations
  • Provides health education to patients and their families using effective teaching strategies
  • Documents observations, assessments and care provision
  • Contributes to discharge and transition planning
  • Refers patient to other agencies or services as needed

Collaboration & Coordination

  • Serves as the primary resource for organizing and coordinating patient care activities
  • Establishes and maintains respectful, collaborative, therapeutic and inter-professional relationships
  • Coordinates and communicates patient care activities for a safe and seamless transition and appropriate transfer of accountability
  • Participates in hospital committees and other groups


  • Aligns behavior with SMH’s vision, mission and values and Code of Conduct
  • Supports the advancement of professional practice
  • Utilizes effective judgment in assigning patient care activities
  • Engages in self-reflection, performance review and ongoing learning
  • Participates in mentoring, teaching and /or coaching students, co-workers and other regulated and unregulated health professionals 
  • Embraces change that leads to improved nursing practice and better patient outcomes
  • Advocates for a safe and healthy work environment


  • Participates in or supports research projects
  • Supports and participates in evidence based practice implementation and quality improvement initiatives


  • Must have Current General Class (Practicing) Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Must have current BLS Certification
  • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred
  • Must have recent experience with and demonstrated competence in performing venipuncture, managing an intravenous line and performing ECGs
  • Successful completion of a Patient Health Assessment Course from a recognized institution
  • Ability to conduct a past medical history assessment
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with medication reconciliation required
  • Demonstrated expertise in patient and family health teaching required
  • Ability to effectively provide care for patients recovering from surgical and diagnostic intervention
  • Ability to effectively assess and manage pain within best practice guidelines
  • Previous experience, (minimum of 1 year) caring for pre-operative and post-operative patients required
  • Previous experience in a Surgical Day Care/Day Surgery Unit or PACU preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work independently and have the ability to work collaboratively with other professions / disciplines in a team environment
  • Critical thinking and critical inquiry skills with ability to reflect on appropriate actions acquired through education and professional practice experience.
  • Expert communication skills with clients, families, the interprofessional team and all other healthcare personnel required.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Must have an excellent attendance record.
  • Proven planning, time management, organization and coordination skills
  • Computer skills such as email, and navigating Electronic Health Records required

As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists.


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