Provides direct care to the perioperative patient, pediatric through geriatric population. Addresses all aspects of care psychosocial, physical, and general related to the surgical environment. Communicates with Surgical Services Managers, Surgeons, and Anesthesiologists continuously about the care of the patient. Participates in Performance Improvement activities. Monitors strict adherence to the Universal Protocol. Monitors and provides nursing care as needed throughout their perioperative experience. Provide superior customer service by modeling the Brand Promise and Core Values.
Each Employee consistently demonstrates the following essential functions:
Demonstrates clinical performance which reflects knowledge, common sense and good judgment as evidenced by: ability to identify and seek appropriate problem solutions in areas of patient care, safe & knowledgeable use of equipment, shows flexibility and adjusts well to changing situations.
Demonstrates respect for patients’ rights by: Maintaining strict confidentiality of patient information, responding to their right to know, and acting as a patient advocate.
Demonstrates effective assessment skills that identify common physiological and psychological needs, perception and expectations of patient in regards to immediate and long term care.
Is alert to problems, needs or changes in patient condition and initiates prompt reporting of such to the provider. Documents data in the medical record and assists in the follow-up care.
Participates and complies in meeting both internal & external regulatory standards.
Demonstrates flexibility to all areas of assignment.
Performs a wide variety of clinical tasks, including but not limited to: Vital signs, FSBG, Pulse Oximetry, oxygen set up, IV insertion/removal, phlebotomy, obtaining and processing specimens, shave preps when applicable, wick insertion and removal, performance and transmission of EKG, and proper use/maintenance of Med station.
Identifies and documents common and potential patient problems and symptoms in relation to Surgical Standards of Care and individual patient needs. Differentiates between Ambulatory and Inpatient Surgical Standards of Care and utilizes them in the appropriate manner.
Reviews physicians’ orders on assigned patients prior to care and requests physicians’ orders when appropriate to plan/complete patient care.
Receives and communicates pertinent basic information regarding patient care while in the unit. Establishes nursing interventions and outcomes for any defined problems.
Maintains efficient flow in all areas of unit - assists with acquisition of equipment when necessary.
Uses free time constructively by: checking charts, floating to other areas within Surgical Services if needed, organizing desk area/files, ordering discharge instructions if needed, asking Clinical Manager/charge RN for assignments, etc., restocking area when tech not available, maintaining files, and is organized with patient care.
Uses good assessment and communication skill when assuming the Team Leader role. Is capable of problem solving and knows when to seek the assistance of the clinical coordinator or designee.
Assists in maintaining a high level of morale and motivation on the unit by working to maintain a rapport with peers and coworkers by utilizing good, honest communication techniques and not conspiring with others against peers.
Assists with orientation of new personnel.
Maintains self-directed continuing education and keeps all competencies current.
Demonstrates strong, positive and professional communication and role modeling behaviors at all times, in all assigned areas.
*This job description is intended to describe essential job functions used to assess the performance of an employee and is not intended to be an all-inclusive statement of job responsibilities.
**The duties and responsibilities noted in this Job Description shall be performed in a manner that is consistent with Unity's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York Human Rights Law. In the event employees need an accommodation to perform their job duties they should contact their Human Resources Representative.
Graduate of an accredited registered nurse program required; Bachelors preferred.
One to three years acute care experience.
Registered in NYS as a registered nurse professional.
Maintains credentials as required by Unity Hospital
Reads, writes and speaks English.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Computer skills preferred.
Continuous standing and/or walking.
Frequent bending and twisting of neck and back, reaching below waist level, squatting.
Occasional pushing/pulling, lifting portion of patients’ weight up to 35 lbs; over 35 lbs requires assistive devices or other employee assistance.
Fine manual dexterity for computer use.
Unity Health System - 16 months ago