Job Summary: The RN provides professional, high quality, safe and efficient peri-operative nursing care to patients as a registered nurse. Roles include but not limited to scrubbing, preoperative and postoperative areas as assigned.
Essential Skills and Abilities
Basic cardiac life support and advanced cardiac life support certification are required.
Demonstrates the ability to follow SBESC policy and procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written and oral form.
Demonstrates the ability to handle variations of daily routine.
Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate information in one-on-one and small group situations to surgeons, employees of the organization, and patients.
Demonstrates the ability to operate computer programs, web clock, copier, fax, telephone, and calculator.
The employee is frequently required to stand, talk, and hear.
The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel.
The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and push patients in wheelchair to vehicle.
The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds.
Verify the patient’s medical history, perform a physical assessment, and obtain vital signs. Identify psychosocial needs/concerns relevant to admission and discharge.
Document information on to admission and PACU record and other tracking forms.
Assist the front office staff with admission when necessary.
Interact with family/friends of patient to keep them informed of patient condition and other pertinent information while maintaining privacy laws.
Verify surgical consent, operative procedure, patient ID, allergies, and time of last oral intake. Mark surgical site according to facility policy.
Note patient’s skin color/condition, dilation of pupil, observe video screen and digital display of computerized equipment to monitor patient’s vital signs during anesthesia.
Assist with administration of local, IV, or P.O. meds as ordered by anesthesia or surgeon.
Assist surgical team before, during, and after surgery.
Perform various opening/closing duties, documenting narcotic inventory, medication expiration, and daily checks of equipment, i.e. crash cart, suction, and oxygen supply.
Test blood sugar pre-operatively and post-operatively for patient’s requiring possible intervention. May also test hemoglobin and perform pregnancy testing pre-op as applicable.
Administer medications per physician and anesthesia order.
Maintain clean environment, ensuring surgery beds are cleaned and ready for patient use before, during, and after surgery.
Provide for patient safety during pre/post stay.
Report abnormal findings pre and post surgery to physician or anesthesia provider.
Give clear and concise instructions to patients and family and answer all related questions.
Start IV line as needed and or directed by anesthesia.
Perform advanced cardiac life support as necessary.
Discharges patient upon successful completion of surgery and recovery to family/friend.
Perform post-op calls to check on patient’s condition/status after discharge.
Assist with in-service training for staff development. Ensure that all surgery/clinic charts and patient information is protected and there is no breach of confidentiality according to HIPPA guidelines.
Education, Training and Experience
California RN license and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.