Registered Nurse

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Feb 23, 2021
Full time Registered Nurse (RN)

Job Description

Department Overview

The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations.   The Clinical RN’s care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics.  The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, practitioner, and knowledge transferor [O’Rourke Model of the Professional Role™].  Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RN’s engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork.  The Clinical Nurse exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.


OHSU Mission

Oregon Health & Science University is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for all Oregonians through excellence, innovation and leadership in health care, education and research.


OHSU Nursing Vision

As professional nurses, we partner with our community and each other to provide innovative, compassionate and excellent patient-centered care.


Nursing Core Values

Nursing embraces core values that serve as a foundation for the delivery of quality patient care:

Commitment to patient- and family-centered care;

Accountability to support each other in providing excellent care and outcomes;

Realizing professional practice as an engaged and thriving staff;

Excellence in nursing practice through our commitment to performance improvement, evidence-based practice, and research.


Nursing’s Independent Scope of Practice:  ANA Social Policy Statement, 3rd edition

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

Function/Duties of Position


Evaluates knowledge of self and others:

Evaluates own knowledge and nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and evidence-based knowledge in consultation with peers and colleagues.


Evaluates knowledge and nursing practice of peers in relation to professional practice standards and evidence-based knowledge and provides feedback that enhances their growth and development.


Identifies complexities within OHSU systems and participates in resolving barriers to effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible care delivery.

Evaluates patient outcomes against nurse-sensitive indicators and participates in raising the standard of nursing practice when results are below benchmark.  



Uses an evidence-based decision making process to determine the patient’s priority goals and care activities: 

Gathers pertinent information from patient and others to establish relevant data base about the patient and the patient’s condition. 

Determines changes in the patient’s condition and stability based on clinical parameters, population data, and nursing knowledge and evidence.  

Uses a population and  evidence based approach to determine the patient’s individualized priority goals and care activities in relation to: Nursing’s independent scope of practice (safety, comfort, hygiene, restorative measures, and health promotion); and in relation to the interdisciplinary plan of care

Evaluates the effectiveness of the plan of care by evaluating the patient’s response, outcomes, and changes in stability and makes recommendations for modifications to the plan of care.  

Speaks up immediately about concerns regarding assigned responsibilities and available resource.


Develops a therapeutic relationship with patients and families.


Implements direct and indirect nursing care consistent with evidence-based practices, hospital policies and procedures, scope and standards of practice, and Nursing’s Code of Ethics.


Delegates and supervises tasks consistent with other caregivers’ scope of practice, adhering to standards, regulations, and role expectations including self-care and collaborative teamwork.

Knowledge Transfer:

Collaborates with the patient/family in developing a teaching plan to meet learning needs.  Effectively transfers information about disease, health, treatment plan and recovery to patient, family and documents teaching and plan in the electronic record. 


Communicates evaluation of patient’s stability, progress, discharge plan and recommendation for continuity of the medical and nursing plan to other members of the health care team, including accurate and timely documentation in the patient’s electronic record.


Effectively transfers knowledge to other members of the team to support the safety of their practice


Engages in collaborative and effective decision-making with other members of the team while maintaining caring and compassionate relationships.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing for external hires.


BSN preferred to internal candidates.

Minimum of 1 year of current inpatient perioperative surgical nursing experience, OR

Completion of an academic senior year Immersion / Integrated Practicum in an intraoperative setting with a minimum of 180 clinical hours. 

At least 2 years of experience in surgical setting which includes the specialty of Ophthalmology



Must be able to maintain safety, efficiency and standards of care especially with frequent and fast turnover of cases. 

Must be able to deal with competing needs and priorities of internal and external customers, including making correct judgments regarding ensuring safe conditions for patients, families, and other personnel. 

Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills

Team building and conflict resolution skills

Strong organizational skills, the ability to multitask and manage workflows with frequent interruptions and changes.

Ability to work independently and to serve as a positive and professional role model. 

Must have demonstrated record of reliable attendance, punctuality and proven successful performance in past and present.


Current, unencumbered Oregon RN license

Current BLS certification at the provider level through the American Heart Association is required at time of hire

Current ACLS  issued by AHA  required at time of hire

Current PALS certification issued by AHA required at time of hire


Preferred Qualifications

BSN preferred to internal candidates.

At least 2 years of experience in surgical setting which includes the specialty of Ophthalmology



All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or


Registered Nurse