The Medical-Surgical Nurse is knowledgeable in all areas of patient’s health with excellent skills in assessment, organizational, technical, and prioritization.
Responsibilities include managing the care of patients experiencing general medical conditions or general surgical procedures, which require general assessments related to specific conditions, and general therapies and interventions.
Medical Surgical Nurse: Includes, but not limited to:
Excellent observation and assessment skills
Recording symptoms, reactions, and progress
Skilled in developing, planning, implementing, evaluating, documenting and managing nursing care
Provides patient and family education
Consults and coordinates with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans
Prepares, administers and records prescribed medications.
Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments in accordance with the policy regarding the administration of medications by a licensed registered nurse
Educates patients on surgical procedures
Records patients’ medical information and vital signs
Provides bedside care for a wide variety of medical patients, including pre- and post-surgery patients
Initiates patient education plan, as prescribed by physician.
Teaches patients and significant others how to manage their illness/injury, by explaining: post-treatment home care needs
Changes dressings, inserts catheters, starts IVs
Prepares equipment and aids physician during examination and treatment of patient
Participates in discharge planning
Utilizes time management skills
Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms
Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting
- 1 year recent working experience as a Medical Surgical Nurse (not including clinicals)
- Current BLS Card (ACLS and PALS may be facility required)
- Current TB Screen
- Active State Nursing license
- Valid Identification/Driver's License
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process