Surgical nursing

Few specialties rival surgery for its energy, fast pace and variety. Whether you arrive with years of experience or a new degree, count on our thorough orientation to make you feel part of the team. Evidence-based practice drives our resolve to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Steeped in a tradition of innovation, we initiate better ways to deliver patient-centered care.

Certification by the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses or by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses is promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.

Patient Population

Newborn and older

Unit Size

9 OR rooms, 8 PACU Bays, 16 DS Bays

Nurse-to-Patient Ratio

OR – 1:1, RN circulator in each OR;
PACU – 1:2; Day Surgery – 1:3
DS – 1:4 Cares for OR/GI/CVL and IR patients


RN’s & Tech’s scheduled for 8/10/12 hour shifts. OR has 24 hour coverage Monday – Thursday.

PACU has night call. Some call on weekends for OR and PACU      

Skill Mix

Mainly RN, with 2 RNFAs in OR


Operating Room—An extensive six-month program depending on OR experience. The orientee is guided through the experience with the help of the Perioperative Educator and an assigned preceptor.

Postanesthesia Care Unit—The Perioperative Educator works with the orientee’s preceptor and the orientee to turn out a competent PACU colleague. The length of the orientation may vary depending on experience but is generally three months.

Day Surgery—Six weeks spent with a preceptor and the Perioperative Educator work to turn an orientee into a valuable, functioning Day Surgery nurse.

Learn more about opportunities to join our nursing team at Goshen Hospital. Call Human Resources, (574) 364-2626.