The Registered Nurse is responsible for the management and provision of the immediate and short-term nursing care needs of patients having an outpatient surgery/procedure. RNs are involved in direct and indirect patient care. RNs provide directions/assistance to other RNs and non licensed personnel in providing direct patient care. The RN will also be responsible for participating as designated, in various non patient care activities such as quality control, safety management, environmental, and infection control.
DESCRIPTION OF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Gathers data through interview and observation of patients and/or significant others in an efficient and accurate manner.
B. Identifies need for modification of the physical environment and delivery of care based on physical and emotional status of the patient.
A. Prioritizes nursing care based on assessment of patient.
B. Effectively utilizes resource people in planning patient care.
C. Communicates plan of action when patient or physician needs change to other members of the health team.
A. Maintains a clean and safe environment for patient and other health care team members.
B. Manages time effectively by organizing and performing patient care routines at a proficient level.
C. Provides discharge instructions to patient and family in a clear, concise manner until a level of understanding is achieved.
D. Responds in a proficient and proactive manner during crisis or emergency situations.
E. Documents thoroughly and accurately the patient care delivered and continuing assessment of patient condition while under his/her supervision.
A. Modifies plan of care based on changing patient needs determined by evaluation of care administered.
B. Evaluates effectiveness and capability of involvement of patient, family and/or significant others in the delivery and management of care upon discharge.
C. Evaluates and documents the results of patient/family teaching.
D. Evaluates performance of other personnel, as requested or needed.
V. PROFESSIONAL ASPECTS
A. Shares acquired knowledge and experience with peers and subordinates in relation to job accountabilities.
B. Assists with orientation of new employees.
C. Makes recommendations and suggestions to management staff for changes and process improvements.
D. Demonstrates accountability and leadership while serving in charge position.
E. Documents information and incidents according to policy.
F. Protects and observes confidentiality of all documents and other information pertaining to the patient and family.
G. Performs unit specific technical skills and utilizes equipment appropriate to patient with maximum efficiency and effectiveness based on knowledge and education.
H. Participates in and supports educational programs, committees and other activities which promote the development of nursing and the Center.
I. Adheres to Center’s policies and procedures.
J. Regular and predictable attendance is required.
K. Adheres to all ADC policies and procedures.
L. Performs other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Director.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: OR Manager, ASC Director
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
Assesses, interprets, implements, evaluates, and plans patient treatment and education. Must be able to demonstrate basic nursing skills, including basic drug calculations. Must have ability to learn and perform tasks on the computer system. Must be able to work effectively under pressure and in emergency medical situations. Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, staff and physicians. Must be able to be flexible and work effectively, assisting other staff and physicians under the discretion of the Team Leader or Director in a staffing problem situation.
Must have valid current Texas RN licensure. Must have current CPR course completion. ACLS required for PACU and Endoscopy RNs. Prefer PALS.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Associates or Bachelor's degree in nursing, and up to two years related experience or training. Exceptions left to the discretion of the Director.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from patients, peers and managers. Ability to document all pertinent patient information in the patient chart.
Ability to figure drug calculations and measure fluids.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: See attached Physical Demands Inventory
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