NP, Perioperative Services - Sample Job Description


The Nurse Practitioner is a licensed independent practitioner who is responsible for managing health problems and coordinating health care for the perioperative patient in accordance with State and Federal rules and regulations and the nursing standards of care (assessment of health status, diagnosis, development of plan of care and treatment, implementation of treatment plan, and evaluation of patient status) 1, 2. Perioperative preparation and postoperative clinical management is conducted in collaboration with other health care team members.

Essential responsibilities

  • Functions independently to perform age-appropriate history and physical for complex acute, critical, and chronically ill perioperative patients.
  • Orders and interprets diagnostic and therapeutic tests relative to patient’s age-specific needs.
  • Prescribes appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities
  • Implements interventions to support the patient to regain or maintain physiologic stability, including but not limited to serving in the first assisting role.
  • Assists with the provision of surgical care in accordance with facility, state, and federal regulations.
  • Monitors the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Facilitates the patient’s transition within and between health care settings, e.g. admitting, transferring, and discharging patients.
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary team members by making appropriate referrals.
  • Facilitates staff, patient and family decision making by providing educational tools.

Minimum qualifications

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program
  • Current Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Licensure
  • Current Nurse Practitioner certification in specialty area
  • Current CNOR/CRNFA (if applicable) certifcation
  • Current provider card in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); PALS provider card as required by department and facility
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Eligible for hospital privileges


Minimum of 5 years OR clinical perioperative experience. 2 years’ experience in the Nurse Practitioner role preferred.


  1. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. (2010). Standards of practice for nurse practitioners. Washington, D.C.: Author.
  2. National Panel for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. (2004, Nov.). Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Washington, D.C.: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.