This professional staff person is responsible for performing assessments, developing a plan of care and implementing and evaluating the care. The critical care RN administers medications and treatments as ordered by physicians and in keeping with the current clinical nursing practice. The critical care RN is responsible for directing, monitoring and evaluating the care delegated to non-licensed personnel. This person will lead the interdisciplinary care team for patients with primarily cardiovascular disease.
- Performs patient assessments pre-, peri- and post-procedure.
- Documents findings and communicates all pertinent information to interdisciplinary team members as appropriate
- Maintains a safe, aseptic environment in the EP Lab.
- Maintains competent knowledge of all procedures and adheres to procedure protocol.
- Assists all personnel, patients and physicians as needed.
- Ensures all supplies are available.
- Participates in the total maintenance of the department.
- Ensures patient has an H & P documented by a physician according to appropriate standards prior to procedure.
- Settles patient after procedures and provides accepting RN with concise reports on the patient.
- Receives and provides hand-off communication prior to and post transport to and from procedures.
- Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in the development, evaluation and revision of the plan of care as appropriate to meet the patient’s needs and goals.
- Provides competent direct care and ensures the provision of a safe and comforting environment resulting in a high level of patient satisfaction.
- Assists healthcare team members in the understanding of hospital policies and procedures.
- Provides education to patients/families/significant others, incorporating age-specific criteria and assessment of readiness to learn.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Maintains standard precautions.
- Administers medications and completes treatments according to policy and within age-specific parameters.
- Maintains all necessary documentation.
- Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient care equipment.
- Coordinates response of the interdisciplinary team to emergency situations.
- Performs Point-of-Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point-of-Care quality control standards.
- Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program.
- Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact. BLS certification required within 30 days of placement in position and prior to providing direct patient care. Successful completion of AHA-approved course in ACLS required within 90 days of placement in position. RCIS required for all Cath/EP Lab RNs within one year of employment.
- Experience: Minimum of one year adult, acute care with cardiology/cardiovascular nursing preferred. CVICU, SICU or CCU experience strongly preferred. Will consider telemetry-trained nurse with minimum of one year experience.
Arkansas Heart Hospital - 17 months ago