RN CVOR - Heart Team

Operating Room 
Full Time 
Day Shift 

Sign-On Bonus: up to $30,000.00 

Consistently named best hospital, Lexington Medical Center dedicates itself to providing quality health services that meet the needs of its communities. Ranked #2 in the state and #1 in the Columbia metro area by U.S. News & World Report, Lexington Medical Center is the only hospital named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina.


The 607-bed teaching hospital anchors a health care network that includes five community medical centers and employs more than 8,000 health care professionals. The network includes a cardiovascular program recognized by the American College of Cardiology as South Carolina’s first HeartCARE CenterTM and an accredited Cancer Center of Excellence affiliated with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center for research and education. The network also features an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and nearly 80 physician practices.  Its postgraduate medical education programs include family medicine and transitional year residencies. 

Job Summary

The cardiovascular operating room nurse (CVOR RN) coordinates and performs all aspects of patient care during cardiovascular, cardiothoracic, or vascular surgical procedures and other areas of the OR as needed to include pre-op preparation and patient transport. The CVOR RN works to ensure the operating room environment is safe and consults with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care. The CVOR RN may function as a scrub nurse or as a circulating nurse.

Utilizes the nursing process to promote and restore patient’s health status; collaborates with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; provides physical and psychological support to patients, family members and significant others; and supervises assigned team members. Uses a systematic critical-thinking approach to guide data gathering, assessment, nursing judgement, intervention and evaluation of human responses to actual and potential health problems through activities such as health teaching and the provision of care, supportive and restorative care and/or support of a peaceful death. All responsibilities are carried out in accordance with the mission, vision, strategic imperatives and standards of Lexington Medical Center, American Nurses Association Standards and in accordance with the provisions/statues set forth by the South Carolina Nurse Practice Act. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education: ADN, Diploma or Bachelors of Science in Nursing
*New graduate RN’s who acquire their generic RN education through an on-line program will not meet LMC minimum qualifications
Minimum Years of Experience: None
Substitutable Education & Experience (Optional): None
Required Certifications/Licensure: Current RN license to practice in the State of South Carolina;
**Refer to Mandatory Certification Requirements P&P for required education/certification for various nursing specialties.
Required Training: A nurse with no prior CVOR experience must demonstrate competency and be capable of taking call independently as a CVOR staff nurse in this specialty within six months.

Essential Functions

a. Establishes positive rapport with patient and family.
b. Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
c. Promotes patient's independence by establishing patient care goals; provides education to patient, and family in a manner they can understand their condition, medications, and self-care skills, etc. and provides them ample opportunity to ask questions.
d. Serves as patient/family advocate.
e. Maintains continuity among nursing teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
f. Uses a systematic critical-thinking approach to guide data gathering, assessment, nursing judgement, intervention and evaluation of human responses to actual and potential health problems.
g. Identifies, synthesizes and interprets sources of data using reasonable clinical judgement to respond to dynamic situations in a timely and effective manner.
h. Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential. 
i. Uses ethical decision making processes and advocates for acceptable patient outcomes.                                                 
a. Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and nursing division's philosophies and standards of care set by state board of nursing, state nurse practice act, and other governing agency regulations.
b. Resolves patient problems and needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.
c. Participates in process/performance improvement activities and initiatives utilizing    evidence based practice to maintain and/or improve quality of care and safe patient care systems and processes.
d. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from health care support personnel.
e. Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
f. Documents all patient care activities accurately and timely.    
g. Provides safe, appropriate, quality of care and support to patients and family members.
h. Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities

a. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
b. Appropriately utilizes all nursing supplies and equipment.
c. Demonstrates effective teamwork skills and maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem-solving methods.
d. Promptly responds to all communication devices in order to meet patient needs.
e. Assists in performing and documenting environmental checks as required by LMC policy and regulatory agencies.

a. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
b. Meets or exceeds all LMC requirements for attendance and service expectations.
c. Maintains required certifications.
d. Completes yearly safety training and other mandatory classes.
e. Complies with all annual employee health requirements.
f. Earns a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education annually within specialty.
g. Demonstrates flexibility by adjusting personal schedule to accommodate the department workload.

  • Acts as a preceptor and positive role model for orienting new employees and students.
  • Uses proper chain of command for reporting areas of concern or equipment malfunctions.
  • When acting as charge person in the absence of the CVOR Manager, establishes priorities and seeks assistance from the OR coordinators and OR manager for non-routine situations. 
  • Uses time constructively to manage and organize daily assignments and caseload.
  • Ensure Hazardous Waste or Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals are discarded, stored, and managed with other compatible waste streams in containers that are properly labeled and closed prior to being shipped offsite for proper disposal.  Initial RCRA training is received within 6 months of the hire date and continuing with annual RCRA training.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

We are committed to offering quality, cost-effective benefits choices for our employees and their families:

  • Day ONE medical, dental and life insurance benefits 
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Employees are eligible for enrollment into the 403(b) match plan day one.  LHI matches dollar for dollar up to 6%.
  • Employer paid life insurance – equal to 1x salary
  • Employee may elect supplemental life insurance with low cost premiums up to 3x salary 
  • Adoption assistance
  • LHI provides its full-time employees employer paid short-term disability and long-term disability coverage after 90 days of eligible employment
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan forgiveness

Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of LMC to provide equal opportunity of employment for all individuals, and to remain compliant with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. LMC strives to provide a discrimination-free environment, and to recruit, select, on-board, and employ all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including but not limited to, lactation. LMC endeavors to upgrade and promote employees from within the hospital where possible and consistent with the employee’s desires and abilities and the hospital’s needs.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina