The Peri-Anesthesia Nurse provides nursing care in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, incorporates critical care modalities and utilizes the nursing process based on evidence based outcomes to meet patient care needs. The primary responsibility of the nursing staff is to provide direct patient care and to collaborate with other disciplines of the health care team to ensure the delivery of safe, timely and appropriate quality patient care
Participates in maintaining a safe patient care environment. Demonstrates leadership skills by directing personnel and establishing collegial relationships with others. Demonstrates competence and sensitivity in caring for multicultural patient/families by adapting the Plan of Care based on cultural needs identified.
This position focuses on care of the patient before and after anesthesia or procedures.
This position supports the Mission of the Hospital through the provision of distinctive and compassionate care to our patients.
• Degree or Diploma in Nursing with current CA RN license.
• Current CPR BLS (AHA) for healthcare provider’s card upon hire
• Current ACLS provider card.
• One-year previous clinical experience in Peri Anesthesia Care Nursing.
• Ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age served on the unit. Possess knowledge of growth and development over the life span.
• Must be able to speak, read and write English.
MAJOR TASKS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Demonstrates skill in the use of equipment and devices pertinent to treatment, procedures and practices.
• Demonstrates the use of the nursing process as documented on the admission assessment, patient Plan of Care, and focus charting and discharge plan.
• Assesses and documents a complete physical assessment, nursing interventions, teaching and discharge needs for the patients assigned to each shift.
• Documents in the patient record utilizing documentation guidelines, Standards of Care and Pathway goals.
• Communicates changes in the patient’s condition to the Charge Nurse/ supervisor and the physician directing the care of the patient as well as pertinent information at shift report using the patient Plan of Care.
• Follows procedure in the identification of patients prior to implementing any procedures, interventions, etc.
• Provides appropriate information for all patient procedures and ensures patient/significant other understanding prior to start of procedure.
• Responds to emergency situations in a timeframe appropriate to the needs of the patient.
• Administers medications and intravenous therapy with the ability to assess the indication appropriate dosing and effects of the medication administered for the patient.
• Initiates IV therapy and documents accurate information on the patient record.
• Correctly collects, handles, and labels specimens utilizing Standard Precautions, as well as documenting in the patient record.
• Appropriately assesses and implements prescribed interventions to ensure pain management for the patient.
• Recognizes that ethical/legal/medical dilemmas exist in the nursing practice and confers with the appropriate resource personnel when making ethical decisions.
• Provides ongoing assessment of the nutritional status for the patient. Implements dietary consult when indicated to provide/maintain adequate nutritional intake. Communicates to physician nutritional needs/problems for the patient.
• Ensure that quality patient care is delivered to all patients on a 24-hour basis, and the unit is maintained in accordance with professional and regulatory standards and the philosophy and goals of the Hospital.
• Appropriately triages and manages the care of patients during the emergent, urgent and/or non-urgent phase of the disease/illness process.
• Utilizes professional and technical skills to provide direct, safe, and effective patient care to the, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients in the surrounding community.
• Reviews patient history, diagnostic data and physician orders/notes, if available, prior to interviewing patient/family/significant other.
• Collects data by interviewing patient, family/significant other within specified time frame.
• Performs biophysical assessment within time frame for assessments.
• Analyzes patient data, identifies and prioritizes patient needs.
• Reports abnormal diagnostic data and/or changes in patient’s condition to physician in a timely manner.
• Reviews and implements physician orders accurately and timely.
• Performs basic nursing procedures, specific unit based nursing procedures and/or standardized procedures safely, accurately and efficiently per policy and procedure.
• Administers the right medication, in the right dose to the right patient in the appropriate route and on time, accurately.
• Administers emergency and cardiovascular medications accurately and safely 100% of the time.
• Prepares patients for transfer in accordance with regulatory agency requirements and per policy and procedure.
• Evaluates effectiveness and patient response to treatments, procedures and medications. Provides alternative interventions as needed and reevaluates.
• Recognizes life threatening patient complications/situations and responds immediately by initiating and participating in emergency procedures.
• Participates in monitoring patient outcomes to evaluate effectiveness of care provided and to identify organizational performance improvement opportunities.
Salary: $50.00 per hour
Schedule: 12 hour shifts