Recovery Center Registered Nurse


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The Recovery Center Registered Nurse is responsible for total nursing care of all post-surgical patients admitted to the center’s convalescent care unit. This position provides nursing care using therapeutic, rehabilitative and preventive methods.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in (or performs under medical direction) diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including administration of medications, application of drugs, starting intravenous (IV) fluids, application of orthopaedic devices (i.e. continuous passive motion (CPM), cast shoes), and dressing changes.
  • Observes patient, checks dressings, documents significant conditions and reactions, and notifies supervisor or physician of patient’s condition and reaction to significant incidents.
  • Is aware of complications that could result from anesthesia; demonstrates knowledge of appropriate treatment for complications of anesthesia.
  • Follows standing orders and post-operative protocols for each patient admitted to the recovery center.
  • Provides for the emotional and physical comfort and safety of patients and family.
  • Provides meals to patients and returns dishes to the kitchen once patients are finished.
  • Instructs patients and family in self-care, rehabilitation, prevention, health education, and post-op wound care.
  • Makes entries in clinical records; records charges; completes all paperwork accurately and legibly.
  • Records narcotics used in the narcotic logbook.
  • Performs resuscitative procedures, if necessary.
  • Follows policies for infection control in handling and disposing of infectious/hazardous waste materials.
  • Maintains and operates emergency equipment.
  • Maintains cleanliness of kitchen/lounge area.
  • Observes aseptic technique when starting IVs, changing dressings, or providing wound/incision care.
  • Schedules follow-up appointments as necessary.
  • Maintains a level of continuing education consistent with the policies of the Recovery Center; attends and participates in both on and off campus seminars and educational conferences.
  • Participates in utilization and cost containment activities.
  • Assists in developing and revising policies and procedures for the recovery center.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Associates Degree from an accredited Registered Nursing (RN) program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of surgery center procedures and protocols.
  • Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing.
  • Valid Colorado Registered Nurse (RN) license. Must provide proof of license and be in good standing.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, preferred.
  • Core competencies in job knowledge, teamwork, communication, ethics, adaptability, dependability, and confidentiality.
  • Acceptable motor vehicle driving history, valid and free from restrictions, and must have a valid driver’s license and appropriate vehicle insurance coverage. Ability to travel between all OCR locations.

Physical Requirements

  • The work environment is the typical office environment. The employee must be able to complete their work satisfactorily in an environment where there are significant distractions, including staff, patients, and vendors walking through and conversing, telephones ringing, conversations carrying over, loud noises, and interruptions to answer questions from others.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls up to 12 hours per day. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and should do so in a sound and safe manner. The employee will assist patients in turning and sitting in bed on a daily basis; will regularly assist patient in arising from gurney/bed and transferring to chair; will regularly push wheelchair patients; and regularly assists patients in arising from and returning to wheelchair or bed.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision coverage
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement savings and profit sharing plan participation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Continuing Medical Education (depending on position)
  • Paid Time Off

*Benefit eligibility is dependent on employment status, and a waiting period may apply.

Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. OCR is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual experience and qualifications, without regard to a person’s race, color, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other protected status.

  • Posting Information

  • Posting Date:

    July 17, 2023
  • Location:

    Fort Collins
  • Department:

    Recovery Center
  • Job Information

  • Shift:

  • Pay Rate:

    $32.00 - $44.00/hour, commensurate with experience

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