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MD Anderson Cancer Center Operating Room - Clinical Nurse Residency Program in Houston, Texas

Operating Room Clinical Nurse Residency Program

The ideal candidate will be an upcoming graduate from an accredited Bachelors of Science in Nursing program or an experienced clinical nurse with no Operating Room experience. Must be a licensed Registered Nurse one week prior to the assigned program start date. The Operating Room Residency will start on February 17, 2020.

This residency program opportunity will be specific to our Operating Room Clinical Nurse Residency .

We are currently accepting application. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 27, 2019 .

In addition to completing the online application, please submit a letter of intent explaining why you are interested in working as a clinical nurse in the Operating Room as well as a current resume.

Operating Room Clinical Nurse Residency

This is a 12-month RN residency program that trains new graduates and experienced nurses to the specialty role of a perioperative nurse. Oncology operating room nursing is a specialty nursing practice focused on the care of patients in the perioperative setting. Residents will learn the two essential roles of perioperative nursing: scrub nurse and circulating nurse. As a clinical nurse, the resident will rotate through all surgical services in the OR (scrub role and circulator role) which include: gynecology, genitourinary, thoracic, robotic surgery, pediatrics, surgical oncology, head and neck, plastics and reconstruction, ortho and neuro. Through each rotation, the residents gain exposure to state of the art technology and various treatment modalities. Residents also have the opportunity to shadow different team members in the perioperative setting (nursing assistants, CRNAs, pre-op and PACU nurses, sterile processing team members) to understand everyone's role in the care of the surgical patient. Residents must successfully complete the Periop 101 program which is a comprehensive, online education program structured around evidence-based perioperative practice guidelines. During each specialty service rotation, residents will be paired with an assigned coach or preceptor. The program is comprised of didactic as well as clinical/hands-on skill labs and exams requiring 80% proficiency.

Essential Job Functions

Manages patient outcomes by providing, coordinating and supporting clinical aspects of direct patient care across the continuum of care. Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area. Assesses patient's needs for nursing care and multidisciplinary team. Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient's family to plan care and evaluate outcomes. Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies. Participates in data collection for current studies. Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies. Documents care according to established standards. Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from computer systems. Assures continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services. Acts as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights. Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources.


Required: Graduate from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred: Graduate from an accredited BSN program.


Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN).

Preferred: Certification in Oncology or specialty practice area. Current CPR certification.


Preferred: Upcoming graduate from an accredited BSN program or an experienced nurse with no operating room experience or less than 6 months of operating room experience.

All clinical nurses with less than one year registered nurse (RN) work experience will be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.

Foreign trained nurses who have not practiced nursing as an RN in the United States for at least one year will also be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.

Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN). Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. Preferred: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 130728

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and eligible for additional compensation for hours worked beyond your usual schedule, paid at a time and a half rate

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 56,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 78,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 110,000

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