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