R.N. is responsible for the admission and pre-operative care of the surgical patient within the scope of practice as determined by the Board of Nursing within your state of practice.
- Verifies the patient's identity and surgical procedure.
- Reviews consent forms with patient and answers patient’s questions relating to surgical procedure. The nurse will notify the operating physician for specific questions reserved for the surgeon.
- Implements the plan of care by:Protecting the patient from injury by performing an individualized risk assessment;Communicating the patient's current status to the appropriate parties throughout the continuum of care
- Provides information and emotional support for patients and their family members.
- Records baseline hemodynamic status: gathers pre-operative vital signs; Blood Pressure, EKG monitoring, oximetry readings and documentation of such on pre-operative record.
- Identifies arrhythmias and notifies medical team members of findings.
- Gathers patient medical history and Allergies to medications.
- Starts I.V. unless anesthesiologist prefers to start his/her own I.V. on patient.
- N. administers pre-operative oral or I.V. medications if ordered by the physician. Observes patient reaction to medication, and acts appropriately when untoward reactions occur.
- Reviews Post-operative instructions with patient. Actively involves the patient or designated support person in decisions affecting his or her post-operative plan of care;
- Prepares local anesthesia if ordered.
- Assists team members to place and position patient on table.
- In the emergency situation, is able to give immediate respiratory assistance or support including use of AMBU bag and can administer CPR and venipuncture.
- Checking, maintenance, and knowledge of STAT Kit or Crash Cart.
- Recognizes and utilizes safety precautions and procedures.
- Remains familiar with equipment and supplies; their location, function and up-keep. Re-stocks unit with supplies when needed.
- Maintains a comfortable, orderly, clean and safe environment for the Pre-operative Area.
- Helps circulating R.N. perform Narcotic Count. Signs correct verification of count in Narcotic Log.
- Protects the patient's rights, dignity, and privacy;
- Takes part in pre and post-op phone calls and communicates any problems to the appropriate person.
- Other duties may include. (For example; including, but not limited to): Participates in quality improvement activities. Assists Infection Control Coordinator with infection control duties including reviewing infection control policies and training staff on procedures.
- 2 years recent working experience as a RN (not including clinicals)
- Current Unencumbered RN license in state of practice.
- Current BLS (PALS, ACLS is a bonus)
- Current TB Screen
- Valid Identification/Driver's License
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process