05th April, 2021
The outpatient registered professional nurse (RN) is responsible for providing quality nursing care while contributing to a quality work environment. A significant portion of the Cath Lab population is adult between 30 and 80 years of age. The RN functions as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team approach to meet the needs of the Cardiac Cath Lab patient population.
Primary Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Key job responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:
•Receive and prepare patients on the day of their procedure (Cardiac, Peripheral, Interventional Radiology, Electrophysiology and Neuro) to insure that everything is in place and completed (History & Physical, appropriate lab work, IV is started, informed consent is obtained and access site is prepared).
•Thoroughly assess patient to establish their baseline prior to receiving conscious sedation or anesthesia.
•Communicate effectively with procedural physicians, primary physicians, charge RN, and all mission partners to
care for the patient at all points during their stay in the Cath Lab.
•Recover patients post procedure, closely monitoring their vital signs, access site and pulses.
•Remove arterial and venous sheaths when appropriate and closely manage the access site to prevent or identify complications.
•Provide discharge instructions to all patients to insure that they or their family understand how to provide care after they leave the hospital.
•Assist with pre-procedure and follow-up phone calls as needed.
•Experience: 1 year of RN experience or completion of an RN Residency program.
•Licensure/Certifications: Registration and current IL RN license.
Current American Heart Association HealthCare Provider BLS CPR or approved equivalent (must include infant through adult, one and two-man rescuer, use of AED, and choking with hands-on CPR skills return demonstration, and must be pre-approved by Org Dev/Human Resources)
•Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Physical & Mental Requirements and Working Conditions
May be exposed to a variety of disagreeable conditions and stressful situations. Work is intermittently heavy requiring lifting up to 50 pounds. General body strength and stamina are required with frequent heavy pushing and/or pulling as in patient room changes, total lifts, and/or restraint of patients for long periods. Approximately 80% of shift is standing and/or walking with frequent bending or stooping. Finger dexterity is also required for IV work and performance of technical procedures and fine instrument work. Normal visual acuity is required and/or compensated. The ability to discriminate background noises is necessary and/or compensated to normal. Short periods of close visual work is required.
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