Operating Theatre & Recovery Nurse- Temporary at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) – May 2024


Operating Theatre & Recovery Nurse- Temporary


  • Ensures complete pre-op assessment including the surgical checklist, nursing documentation and Physician’s assessment
  • Receives the patient prior to surgery, gets report from the accompanying nurse and performs pre-op checklist.
  • Serves as the communication liaison to family and members of the operating team
  • Familiar with procedures in operating room and PACU routines and area specific assignments.
  • Circulate and assist as needed for surgical procedures
  • Scrub for surgical procedures in the operating room independently.
  • Prepare operating room for patient/procedure
  • Ensure effective recovery of patients post any form of anesthesia.
  • Assists with intubation and extubation of patient in the recovery room (RR) and in the operating room (OR).
  • Communicates with anesthetists and primary teams regarding patient issues and shifting plans.
  • Facilitates safe transfer of patient to alternate level of care as appropriate.
  • Promptly reports both clinical and non-clinical unusual findings/incidences to the nurse manager or designee
  • Identify patient and family learning needs and initiate appropriate teaching.
  • Ensures safety checks are performed to ensure correct patient and correct procedure is performed
  • Perform pain assessment and initiate analgesia as required
  • Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms
  • Coordinates theater list with concerned OR coordinator.
  • Ensure all specimens are properly labeled and delivered to the lab in a timely manner
  • Provide safe environment for patients through adherence to infection control practices and other safety policies.
  • Be able to recognize a patient in a pre- arrest or arrest states, and initiate Basic Life Support
  • Dispose of clinical and non-clinical waste safely in accordance with Aga Khan University Hospital Guidelines on waste management
  • Administer medication safely, monitor patient responses to medication and promptly report adverse reactions.
  • Be accountable for judicious and efficient use of resources i.e. accurate and timely billing of equipment and consumables     .
  • Care for equipment through cleaning, storage, per shift check of the inventory and timely reporting_and follow up of nonfunctional equipment to the nurse m nager or designee
  • Assist in orientation of new nurses and mentoring of junior nursing staff and students
  • Occasionally shift leads under supervision of senior RN
  • Participates in unit based continuing education, quality improvement (QI) projects, Clinical Care Program Certification (CCPC), audits, spot checks and skill checks.
  • Can be assigned to assist in medical surgical unit

Skills and qualifications

  • In-depth knowledge of surgical operation procedures
  • Highly skilled at assessing patients prior to surgery and providing them with perioperative care
  • Extensive knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques
  • Ability to collaborate with surgeons and other healthcare professionals
  • Solid understanding of patient health and safety standards
  • Excellent organizational skills


  • RN from a recognized school of nursing or university
  • Current licensure with the Nursing Council of Kenya
  • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Higher Diploma in Peri-operative Theatre Nursing is an added advantage
  • Demonstrate evidence based knowledge of current practices in theater nursing.

Submit Your Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Aga Khan University Hospital on aku.taleo.net to apply