Operating Room Nurse

Job Category: Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health
Job Type: Contract
Job Location: Toronto

About the organization

Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health is the premier health centre in Canada exclusively focused on reproductive medicine and women’s health. We are the leader in innovation, education and communication for high quality, humanized fertility and reproductive care. We are the international standard for successful reproductive health and fertility centres that are committed to making the right to family accessible to everyone. We are known for our culture of support, our effective process and our holistic approach to patient care. By doing what we love, sharing what we learn and celebrating success, we encourage each other to achieve and grow, and we are role models for our community.


About the position

As a Procedure Room Nurse (RN), you will contribute to Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health by utilizing the nursing process in planning, executing and evaluating the nursing care given to patients to undergo Oocyte retrieval, embryo transfer, D&C, microsurgical sperm aspiration, and other minor surgical procedures. You will be responsible for planning and delivering safe and effective nursing care in the procedure room, as well as in the recovery room. To thrive in this role, the incumbent is required to build and maintain collaborative relationships within and outside the IVF Centre, as various functions rely on each other’s performance. You will ensure that all documentation is accessible, traceable and accurate. Crucially, you will share the founder’s passion for being the international standard for successful reproductive health and fertility centres and for making the right to family accessible to everyone.


This position reports to the Nurse Manager.



Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Applies practical, technical and special skills required for the role of peri-operative nurse in compliance with College of Nurses of Ontario and other regulatory standards
  • Applies knowledge of minor surgical procedures and checks instrument and equipment set-up, preparing for each procedure and anticipating needs of physicians
  • Secures informed consent and ensures that diagnostic reports and relevant information are in EMR prior to any treatments being performed
  • Ensures that preparations and procedures are performed effectively and to highest possible standard, paying meticulous attention to detail
  • Coordinates procedure room activities during treatment as circulating nurse or scrub nurse, ensuring smooth transition between surgical procedures
  • Facilitates effective and efficient transition between surgical procedures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of management of patient, including: being available for patient’s sedation, monitoring the vital signs monitors during sedation, assisting as needed in sudden changes in patient condition and being available to assist as directed
  • Consistently reviews charts for completeness in accordance with documentation protocols prior and after the procedure.
  • Prepares and administers medication in accordance with current practice (i.e. review physician orders, pre-op antibiotics, preparing/labeling medication on/off field utilizing 7 medication rights)
  • Identifies high-alert medication, conducts independent double-checks when indicated and disposes of narcotic waste
  • Ensures that only licensed staff administer medication
  • Is responsible for careful and accurate handling and logging of narcotics, biohazard materials and surgical specimens
  • Recognizes emergency situations and responds effectively in calm and controlled manner
  • Ensures that all members of surgical team comply with principles of surgical asepsis, aseptic and sterile technique
  • Maintains, cleans and sterilizes instruments and equipment towards top-notch provision of care
  • Prepares procedure room for following day by bringing equipment, setting up, pulling cases accurately and advising supervisor of items that are needed and not available
  • Maintains, cleans and sterilizes instruments and equipment and maintains sanitary environment for provision of care
  • Prepares procedure room for use on following day by bringing equipment, setting-up, pulling cases accurately and reporting to supervisor items that are needed and not available
  • Handles job responsibilities independently and within scope of practice, utilizing current standards of care
  • Takes personal initiative to maintain current RN licensure, ACLS and other professional certifications current as required for role
  • Attends all department and Centre meetings and assists with orientation of new employees
  • Maintains clinical competence through integration of practice, education and research within specialty role
  • Maintains confidentiality, security of records and patient information at all times
  • Performs administrative duties, including inventory, log and organization of procedure room medications, orders medical supplies, communicates with vendors regarding equipment or supply issues
  • Actively promotes collaboration within department and between departments
  • Contributes to positive work environment, is accountable for personal conduct and actively participates in staff meetings and problem-solving
  • Assists Centre in preparing for site visitation by OHPIP or any other body that Anova Fertility depends on for certification and licensing
  • Perform audits of all equipment to ensure that this is functioning correctly and within critical parameters
  • Assists in training of less- experience staff, participating in demonstration of procedures during training sessions.
  • Works flexibly and performs tasks as workload demands, including outside of regular work hours and participates in weekend and statutory holiday rotation schedule
  • Supports company mission and values by providing quality service and interacting with all staff and patients in friendly and calm manner
  • Deals constructively with conflict and focuses on alignment of behaviours with mission
  • Identifies, assesses and informs supervisor of issues that may affect patients, department or Centre and makes appropriate recommendations
  • Communicates effectively to establish credibility with team members and patients
  • Consistently arrives to work, to scheduled appointments and meetings on time
  • Writes clearly and informatively, and edits work for spelling and grammar
  • Complies with company policies, procedures and dress code
  • Undertakes specific tasks and projects assigned by supervisor


Personal Responsibilities

  • Directs all interaction and initiatives towards operational efficiencies and satisfaction of patients who rely on Centre services and service level
  • Is respectful and courteous to each patient and team member
  • Continuously expands and updates professional knowledge
  • Contributes and commits to Personal Development Plan


Minimum Qualifications and Skills

Education and Knowledge

  • Registered Practical Nurse Diploma from accredited institution
  • Current Registration as RN with College of Nurses of Ontario and
  • Current ACLS accreditation
  • Detailed knowledge of PIP guidelines as these relate to providing patient care
  • Knowledge of working with Microsoft Office programs and medical databases
  • Detailed knowledge of current infection control practices
  • Knowledge of minor surgical procedures and instrument and equipment set-up
  • Knowledge of maintenance, cleaning and sterilization of instruments and equipment
  • Strong knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • English language skills required; multilingualism an asset
  • Knowledge of administrative practices and procedures
  • Understanding of how various functions rely on each other’s performance



  • At least 1 year of work experience in surgical setting (OR, Medical/ Surgical, PACU)
  • Experience using reprocessing equipment, such as steam sterilizers and gynecological instrument sterilization techniques
  • Working towards certification in recognized Medical Device Reprocessing course preferred
  • Experience using electronic medical records systems
  • Track record of regular and punctual attendance and schedule adherence
  • Track record of completing tasks under pressure
  • Track record of working to highest possible standard with meticulous attention to detail


Skills and Abilities

  • Strong IV skills
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to discuss difficult or complex topics with patients and verify that information was understood
  • Ability to work flexibly and perform tasks as workload demands
  • Ability to manage conflicting demands (e.g. unexpected procedure time changes, availability of equipment)
  • Strong skills in computer applications and proper use of the internet as information and research tool
  • Ability to identify unusual occurrences and situations that require supervisor attention
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships to achieve goals
  • Ability to discuss difficult or complex topics with patients and to verify that information has been understood
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to connect with people from all backgrounds and varying degrees of experience
  • Ability to switch tasks, respond to shifting priorities and refocus after interruptions
  • Ability to manage conflicting demands (e.g. unexpected procedure time changes, availability of equipment)
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible and tolerant of change
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Solid mentoring skills and listening skills
  • Math and administrative skills
  • Ability and willingness to work weekend or statutory holidays, as required


Personal attributes

  • Passion for helping people and making difference in patients’ lives
  • Committed to keeping up-to-date on professional developments
  • Focus on quality service and process improvement
  • High degree of initiative and self-direction
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Creative and innovative mindset
  • Collaborative, positive and optimistic
  • Conscientious, punctual and dependable
  • Friendly, calm, welcoming demeanour
  • Responsive to changing priorities
  • Intellectually curious

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