Temporary Circulator RN Surgery Santa Cruz
Sutter Health
 Santa Cruz, CA

The Surgical Nurse is responsible and accountable for planning, assessing, and coordinating nursing care of patients (children, young adults, and elderly) during surgery. She/he coordinates the needs of the surgical team, manages the care and environment during surgery. She/he has extensive knowledge of hundreds of surgical procedures in various specialties and assists the anesthesiologist and surgeon. She/he is responsible for prepping, positioning, equipment usage, medications, documentation, surgical counts, specimen management, timeouts and overall care of the surgical patient. She/he is an expert in sterile and aseptic technique. The surgical nurse develops and maintains an interactive relationship with all other staff members in order to constantly improve quality and efficiency. The surgical nurse is active in all parts of the surgical process including supply maintenance, preference cards, continuous quality improvement and participation in meetings related to surgical services. Takes call after hours. Overtime is inevitable.


  • Current California Registered Nurse License
  • 2 years recent O.R. experience in multi-specialty hospital; alternately, 2 years experience in acute care AND approval from Director to work as a trainee and complete required Sutter Health Operating Room Training (Periop-101)
  • BLS (American Heart Association) Certification
  • ACLS


  • B.S. in Nursing
  • CNOR certification
  • Member of Professional Nursing Organization (e.g. AORN)
  • Ability to speak Spanish, using Medical Terminology.