FT OR Circulator Registered Nurse



Reports to:

Department Nursing Manager

Supervisory Responsibility:

Position does not have supervisory responsibilities.


  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university required.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred.

 Licensure and Certification Requirements

  •  Registered Nurse License Issued by the Kansas State Board of Nursing required.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification preferred upon hire, must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • ED RN & Intermediate RN only: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification preferred upon hire, must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • ED RN and ICU RN only: Trauma Nursing Core Course issued by the Emergency Nurses Association preferred upon hire, must be obtained within six months of hire.
  • Cath Lab RN, ED RN, & Intermediate RN Only: Conscious Sedation Certification required.
  • ED RN and ICU RN only: NIH Stroke Scale Certification required. Must be obtained within six months of hire.

Experience Required:

One to two years of experience preferred.

Position Summary:

The Registered Nurse is responsible for the provision of professional nursing care to patients; including assessment, direct physical care, evaluation, teaching, and counseling.  Ensures delegated care is consistent with patient/family needs.  Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Demonstrates the ability to assess and evaluate data including: Systematic and ongoing assessment based on patient/family diagnoses/problem list; Diagnostic tests results and other clinical information; Response to medical and/or nursing care/treatment; Behavioral responses; Developmental needs; Cultural responses/needs; Educational needs.
  2. Recognizes and reports changes in patient condition.
  3. Demonstrates patient/family focus in the provision of care, adhering to standards.
  4. Ensures delegated nursing care for patients/families is provided according to plans developed by treatment team and within the confines of the applicable practice acts.
  5. Utilizes critical thinking to evaluate the effectiveness of care.
  6. Assists patients and families to integrate the impact of illness and recovery into their lifestyles through patient education.
  7. Collaborates with care providers in meeting patient care needs.
  8. Performs care interventions in accordance with the Kansas Nurse Practice Act.
  9. Communicates progress towards expected outcomes.
  10. Responds to potential risk/hazard to themselves and others.
  11. Supports effective communication through utilizing systems that enable opportunities for input regarding patient care issues.
  12. Documents assessments, treatments, re-evaluations, and patient responses to treatment per hospital policies and procedures.
  13. Participates regularly in educational activities related to practice. Collaborates with mentor to identify learning needs and seeks experiences to develop clinical skills.
  14. Develops a clinical knowledge base for populations served that is age appropriate, culturally specific and diagnosis appropriate.
  15. Contributes to the establishment of an ethical environment that supports the rights of all participants.
  16. Participates in resolving ethical problems or dilemmas of individuals or systems.
  17. Provides advocacy, protection, and support for patient rights, family involvement, and patient/family decision-making.
  18. Remains calm and functions as a team member during times of stress and crisis situations.
  19. Seeks involvement in activities that promote professional growth and behavior.
  20. Actively participates on appropriate committees and QA/PI activities.
  21. Follows OSHA and other standards for protection against blood borne pathogens.
  22. Uses good body mechanics.
  23. Informs Manager or Chief Nursing Officer of applicable day-to-day situations.
  24. Follows employee health and other personnel and staffing policies.
  25. Maintains patient/hospital confidentiality at all times.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job, and that other duties may be assigned by the supervisor at any time. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice, however Kansas Medical Center will strive to notify employees of changes to their job description within a timely manner, and will require an updated signature for any changes to job descriptions.


  1. Must be skilled in: preparing and maintaining records, writing reports, and responding to correspondence; general administrative and clerical tasks; general computers and technology; project management; attention to detail; and critical thinking.
  2. Must be able to: demonstrate exceptional customer service skills; treat patients and patients’ family with respect and must not ignore, insult, argue, or offend anyone; and demonstrate appropriate and professional phone, electronic, and other communication etiquette.
  3. Must possess ability to: utilize exceptional organizational and time management skills to handle multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities and deadlines; be detail-oriented; work semi-independently with minimal supervision; react calmly and effectively in difficult, stressful, and emergency situations; demonstrate good judgment, problem solving, and decision-making skills; and have cognitive ability in math, reading, and technology.
  4. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills to clearly relay and retain information to and from coworkers, doctors, patients, patients’ families, and the public in order to develop and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the community.
  5. All KMC employees must be able to: work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment; demonstrate commitment to service, organizational values, and professionalism by demonstrating appropriate conduct and demeanor; interpret, follow, and apply organizational policies, guidelines, and procedures; follow safety procedures, policies, regulations, and take precautions to establish a safe and orderly environment; work well under pressure with a sense of urgency; and maintain confidentiality and discretion to remain in accordance with HIPAA regulations.
  6. Must possess knowledge of: professional theory, practices, and regulations as well as knowledge of medical equipment and instruments; taking medical history, assessing medical condition and interpreting findings; and administering a variety of medications and/or treatments as directed; and knowledge of medications and their effects on patients.

Work Environment:

This position operates in a typical temperature-controlled hospital environment. Work environment generally includes moderate-to-high risk of exposure to blood/ bodily fluids. Risk generally includes moderate-to-high risk of exposure to infectious disease. This position does include occupational risk of exposure to tuberculosis (Category 2). This position includes a moderate to high risk of exposure to Hepatitis B.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; occasionally required to sit for long periods of time; regularly required to stand for long periods of time; regularly required to use hands to handle, grasp, or feel objects, tools, and controls; regularly required to walk or use other means of mobility; occasionally required to reach with hands and arms above head and below waist; occasionally required to kneel, stoop, and crouch; and occasionally required to use push and pull motion. The employee must frequently be able to lift or move up to 50 pounds using proper lifting techniques.  The employee is required, with or without corrective lenses, to have visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection; operation of machines; investigating and assessing; determining accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work; and to make general observations.

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