Performs the essential duties, responsibilities and the primary functions of a Registered Nurse in assessing, implementing, and evaluating the care of assigned patients, while strictly adhering to the standards of Perioperative Nursing Clinical Practice. Responsible for meeting the established standards of Nursing Practice, for managing supplies and equipment and any assigned personnel. Follows AORN Standards, recommended practices, and guidelines. Responsible for promoting team work with physicians and personnel of other departments. Responsible for solving practical problems, dealing with a variety of issues and interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form. Demonstrate clinical knowledge and judgment necessary for patient’s nursing care.
•Demonstrates the ability to transfer scientific knowledge from social, biological, and physical sciences in applying the nursing process.
•Demonstrates the knowledge and competency in performing baseline nursing skills. Maintains clinical competencies according to departmental standards.
•Accurately assesses patients according to unit guidelines upon admission and continually assesses patients for information necessary to plan and administer care.
•Must be an active advocate for the patient. Accurately identifies and determines priority of the patient’s need/problems, anticipating emergencies and complications of pathology, making provision for them and assisting others in implementing complex care.
•Communicates effectively with patients, families and physicians. Must be able to provide instructions to patients related to the patient’s plan of care.
•Maintain a safe work environment by regulatory requirements, reporting untoward incidents per hospital policy. Must provide a safe environment for patients, families, and co-workers.
•Maintains a committed and cooperative attitude with staffing, promoting teamwork and harmony by readily assisting other staff and patients without being asked to do so.
•Assumes, when necessary, the responsibilities of the Charge Nurse by preparing patient care assignments, establishing priorities and delegating responsibilities of the Charge Nurse by preparing patient care assignments, establishing priorities and delegating responsibilities, and communicating effectively with physicians and other members of the health care team.
•Participates and performs other duties as assigned.
•Have the ability to think critically and the flexibility to adapt to changing situations.
•Able to give constructive feedback.
•Demonstrates respect for human dignity and patient rights.
•Demonstrates the basic knowledge and skills (cognitive, technical and interpersonal) necessary to identify age-specific patient needs, appropriate for this position.
•Cooperates fully in all risk management activities and investigations.
•Maintain current knowledge of medications and administer medications in accordance with Hospital policy and procedures.
•Provides accurate, timely, and complete documentation in respect to the plan of care, assessment, and other patient care documentation i.e., patient charges for supplies and implants.
•Respects patients’ rights and confidential information.
•Adheres to Infection Control policies and procedures.
•Incorporates continuous performance improvement recommendations into clinical practice.
•Supports and practices in accordance with Hospital policy, procedures, and protocol.
•Follow time and attendance policy.
•Contribute and participate in cost containment activities.
•Complete unit education competencies, and other required training/in-service programs.
•Willing to work a flexible schedule in order to meet the needs of the unit.
•Adheres to Department Dress Code.
•Assumes responsibility for his/her professional development.
•Participates in the orientation of new staff members.
•Available for call as assigned by the Supervisor.
•Communicates changes in patient status to the TPCN and or Charge Nurse.
•The Perioperative Registered Nurse should maintain an active presence in performing the scrub role to insure appropriate delegation and supervision of scrub duties and maintain the integral link between scrub and circulating responsibilities.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
•Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing.
Minimum 2 yrs CVOR experience
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION:
•Current State of Texas License as a Registered Nurse.
•Certified in BCLS and ACLS.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
•Works in a temperature controlled environment.
•Read, write, and speak fluent English.
•Vision for near, mid-range, far and accommodation.
•Communicate well with employees, patients, and physicians.
•Hearing for low, medium, and high pitched sounds.
•Physical ability for standing, sitting, crouching, kneeling, frequent walking, reaching above the head and below the waist.
•There is potential for contact with chemicals, blood borne pathogens, and exposure to infectious disease.
•Should be able to lift 50 – 75 pounds using proper lifting techniques several times during shift.