RN Pre-Op/Recovery Room (Occasional status)

Bone and Joint Center, S.C. • Wausau, WI 54401

Posted 5 days ago

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:

The RN in the Pre-Op area and Recovery Room provides expert professional nursing care for the patient during the pre and post-operative course. The RN assesses, plans, implements and evaluates the care of the patient. The RN will assure that the patient is prepared for discharge by providing the necessary education to the patient and his responsible caregiver. Hours to choose from can be day, PM, and nights. Have 23 hour stay patients and potential for hours during day, PMs, and nights

QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing with a current nursing license in the state of Wisconsin. Must have current CPR certification. Two years of PACU, ICU or ER experience is desired. ACLS certification is required.

Preferred accomplishments include experience in orthopaedic outpatient surgery. Must be able to communicate effectively and have an ability to work compatibly with all physicians and staff. Possess strong organizational skills and a clear understanding of the importance of efficiency and cost effectiveness in an outpatient surgery center.

Must have the knowledge and clinical skills to perform the job duties of a Pre-Op and Recovery Room nurse.

Must be able to make quick assessments of patients and be able to handle emergency situations appropriately.

Physical guidelines include ability to stand/walk for up to eight hours per day; bend, stoop, twist; assist patients in turning, rising from recliners and stretchers; assist patients in and out of wheelchairs; push wheelchairs; assist with the moving of patients on and off the operating room table.

Must be flexible in job duties and work schedule.

Ability to lift up to 25 pounds and carry materials weighing up to 25 pounds.

INFECTION CONTROL CATEGORY:

This job is designated as a Category I job using OSHA definitions. This means there are tasks that involve exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material. Use of appropriate protective measures is required for any employee engaged in Category I tasks.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Work with all members of the health care team to

provide optimal care to the patient throughout his surgical experience.

2. Maintain a friendly, positive and caring attitude with all patients, physicians and staff.

3. Maintain excellent physical and mental health.

4. Provide patient education during all phases of the patient's experience at the Center.

5. Ensure that the proper supplies and equipment are available in the Pre-Op and PACU.

6. Ensure that equipment is functioning properly.

7. Assist supervisor with preparation of budget.

8. Charge for all supplies used in Pre-Op and PACU. Assist with inventory control by proper count of supplies/time used.

9. Appropriately document patient care provided.

10. Attend continuing education offerings to remain

current with orthopaedic and ASC issues.

11. Display professionalism at work and in the community. Abide by Bone and Joint Service Standards and STUDER principles including AIDET, room and rounding.

12. Take an active role on committees within the organization.

13. Identify actual and potential risks to patients and others. Take action to minimize or eliminate risk and maximize safety in the facility.

JOB DUTIES:

1. Prepare for arrival of patients to the surgery center by ensuring that proper supplies and equipment are available.

2. Review the patient chart and health history to assure that the necessary pre-operative evaluations have been completed. Ensure that consent form has been signed.

3. Admit and prepare patients for surgery. Provide ongoing information to the patient and his caregiver to assure that they understand all procedures and feel as comfortable as possible.

4. Perform nursing assessment of patient, start IV and ordered medications.

5. Communicate with other health care team members to assure continuity of care.

6. Receive patient in the recovery room after surgery. Assess and evaluate the patient. Continuously monitor the patient during his recovery phase. Document the status of the patient and the care provided.

7. Incorporate a sense of wellness by allowing the patient's family to be reunited with him as soon as feasible and by encouraging self-care by the patient.

8. Provide discharge instructions to the patient and his caregiver, asking for confirmation of understanding.

9. Document charges for all supplies used during the pre-op and recovery phase.

10. Perform follow up patient assessment by calling the patient the day after surgery.

11. Remain prepared for emergency situations by knowing

correct emergency procedures, locations of emergency call

system and location of emergency supplies and equipment.

12. Ensure that Universal Precautions are maintained.

13 Complete all necessary documentation on Recovery Room nurses' record.

14. Assist with ordering drugs and supplies.

15. Wipe down gurneys and recliners between patients with a germicidal solution. Remake beds as needed.

16. Perform narcotic counts at the beginning and end of each surgical day.

17. Perform daily crash cart checks.

18. Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Physical Requirements

Mark all responses using the following codes:

N = Never

O = Occasional, represents 1 to 33% or 1 to 2 hours of an 8 hour workday.

F = Frequently, represents 34 to 66% or 2 to 5 hours of an 8 hour workday.

C = Continuously, represents 67 to 100% or 6 to 8 hours of an 8 hour workday.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

N

O

F

C

Walking

x

Standing

x

Sitting

x

Reaching Shoulder Height

x

Reaching Above Shoulder Height

x

Reaching Below Shoulder Height

x

Climbing

x

Pulling 25 Pounds or Less

x

Pulling 25 Pounds to 50 Pounds

x

Pulling Over 50 Pounds

x

Pushing 25 Pounds or Less

x

Pushing 25 to 50 Pounds

x

Pushing Over 50 Pounds

x

Lifting 25 Pounds or Less

x

Lifting 25 Pounds to 50 Pounds

x

Lifting Over 50 Pounds

x

Carrying 25 Pounds or Less

x

Carrying 25 Pounds to 50 Pounds

x

Carrying Over 50 Pounds

x

Crawling/Kneeling

x

Bending

x

Twisting/Turning

x

Balance

x

Repetitive Movement (fine motor like typing, writing, keyboarding, filing)

x

PHYSICAL EXPOSURE

N/A

Unprotected Heights

x

Lighting Bright

x

Lighting Dim

x

Mechanical Hazards

x

Hazardous Substance

x

Infectious Diseases

x

Harmful Physical Agents (Heat/Cold)

x

Noise

x

Ionizing/Non-Ionizing Radiation

x

PHYSICAL ABILITY

ACCEPTABLE MINIMUM


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