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RN/Registered Nurse - Pre-Op/PACU Nurse - FT - Tallgrass Surgical Center

Company: The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis
Location: Topeka
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Position: RN/Registered Nurse - Pre-Op/PACU Nurse - FT - Tallgrass Surgical Center Schedule: 8:00am to 4:00pm (Varible) Location: Tallgrass Surgical Center Position Summary Admit the patient to the preoperative unit, assist with the physical preparation of the patient for surgery, check chart for completeness, perform preoperative preps as ordered by physician and explain surgical routine to the patient. Provide professional nursing care to the patient in the immediate postoperative period (PACU). Assess patient's physical and psychological needs. Evaluate and implement appropriate measures to assure a safe recovery from anesthesia.

Prepare patient for discharge and discharge patient safely from Center. The preoperative, PACU, and discharge nurse serves as a patient advocate in the provision of care and is responsible for ensuring patient safety during preop, intraoperatively, and postop during recovery from anesthesia. Essential Functions Reasonable Accommodations Statement To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualifications and Education Requirements Experience Two years' experience as an R.N. preferred. Education/Certification Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing; BSN Current Nursing License in the State of Kansas; Current BLS certification; Current ACLS certification; Current PALS certifications, as required for primary PACU RN (PRN RNs excluded); Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Working knowledge of surgical procedures. General Expectations General Participate in appropriate educational programs relating to clinical practice and/or communication and continuing education required to maintain necessary licensures and certifications.

Attend Center meetings as applicable. Demonstrate skill in the management of emergency situations. Evaluate results of actions taken and modify plan of care accordingly. Maintain confidentiality of all patient and Center matters.

Comply with all Center policies and procedures, code of conduct and compliance program. Participate in quarterly fire and disaster drills. Demonstrate an understanding and interpretation of diagnostic tests, labs, EKGs, x-rays, etc. Initiate action as needed in accordance with standards of practice subject to the nurse's scope of practice.

Create a professional and caring environment for patient by assuring a safe and clean environment for all patients and visitors in preoperative area. Have needed equipment and supplies available. Perform other duties as assigned. Clinical-Basic Assure appropriate supplies are available.

Check equipment operation prior to each use. Listen to and understand OR personnel while wearing routine OR attire, i.e. masks. Read and review written notations and directives.

Position patients, transport patients by cart or wheelchair and lift, move, or transport supplies, instruments, and equipment. Document with accuracy all care given to patient on the patient record. Refer patients with medical questions to the surgeon or anesthesiologist. Report to appropriate personnel any equipment failures, breaks in technique, incidents or other unusual event.

Clinical-Preoperative Review medical records to assure all preoperative test results and History & Physical are on the medical chart. Admit patient to unit and assist physicians with donning of surgical attire as needed. Take and record admission vital signs and pertinent personal information including allergies, medications taken by patient, prosthesis, physical disabilities or limitations. Confirm procedural consent as signed by patient or guardian is correct and complete.

Perform preoperative orders and sign-off accurately. Explain to patient the routine of surgery, recovery room and discharge. Notify anesthesia personnel when patient is ready. Communicate with OR staff and recovery room staff any physical needs or limitations of patient.

Clinical - PACU/Discharge Have knowledge of anesthetic agents and their actions, emergency drugs, potential complications, and emergency treatment of complications should they occur. Demonstrate knowledge of all emergency equipment and supplies available. Formulate an individualized nursing care plan and modify as needed for all patients in the recovery area. Assess patient's physical condition upon arrival to PACU throughout stay in unit.

Respond to patient's needs with appropriate nursing care. Connect patient to monitoring equipment. Interpret information provided by these systems and implement appropriate actions. Administer medications as ordered by physician and document patient's condition prior to administration and resultant changes in patient's condition.

Notify anesthesiologist and/or surgeon of variance in expected patterns of recovery from anesthesia. Assess patient's psychological and physical needs. Consult with Preoperative and Operating Room staff as necessary. Initiate plan to address patient's needs.

Communicate with appropriate staff the status of patients in the recovery room. Seek assistance and advice as needed. Assess needs of patients postoperatively, equipment, medications, etc. Assure measures are taken to meet these needs.

Provide patient and the expected caregiver with complete postoperative instructions. Review and answer all questions appropriately or refer patient to physician for further clarification. Infection Control Minimize risk of nosocomial infection by obtaining accurate health history to identify patients who may have communicable disease. Adhere to infection control policies and practice guidelines.

Clean cart and/or recliner per Center policy following each patient and prepare equipment for next patient. Clean all surfaces and equipment daily. Handle linen and trash in accordance with facility policy. Physical Requirements: Ability to move and lift 40 pounds without assistance and obtain assistance as needed.

Hearing: Adequate to perform job duties in person and over the telephone Speaking: Must be able to communicate clearly to patients in person and over the telephone Vision: Visual acuity to perform job duties, including reading information from printed sources and computer screens Physically capable of listening and understanding OR personnel wearing routine OR attire, i.e. masks. Reading and reviewing hand-written notation and directives. Transporting patients via wheelchair to private vehicle upon discharge.

Assisting patients from wheelchair into private vehicle as needed. Perceptive acuity to perform all direct and indirect patient care functions Non-Essential Job Functions: Cross-train as required for staffing in Preop Phone Calls if applicable. Transport patients for discharge to private vehicle via wheelchair as needed. Assist patients from wheelchair into private vehicle as needed.

Assemble charts for next day's schedule. Place patient's personal belongings in locker and give valuables to family member. Monitor and document the completeness of the emergency cart daily as assigned. Assist patients with physical activities, like dressing, walking, and use of restroom.

Obtain assistance with tasks as needed. Troubleshoot equipment failures, correcting when possible, and report to appropriate personnel any equipment failures. Advancing Healthcare Together - The Future of Healthcare is in Topeka Kansas Why the University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Our People.

Our people truly are our greatest strength. They make a massive difference in the amazing care we provide every day. We work closely together to create a positive experience for our patients and each other. Our Purpose.

We will build on your experience and provide meaningful and purposeful career growth for your future. You will have the opportunity every day to make a difference in someone's life and change the course of healthcare. Our Place. St.

Francis Campus is proud to be a part of a long legacy of high-quality, compassionate care. For more than 100 years, the hospital has combined compassionate care with lifesaving technological advancements to our patients and the communities served. Today, the hospital has 378 licensed beds, a history of technological advancements, and a generous and supportive community. The UKHS - St.

Francis Campus is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. We also have the following notable accreditations and certifications: Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification Inpatient Rehab Stroke Certification Chest Pain Accreditation, by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, by the American College of Radiology (CoC) Accreditation We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information. COVID-19 and flu vaccines are required for all health system employees. Learn more at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information - The University of Kansas St.

Francis Campus (kutopeka.com) Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing Current Nursing License in the State of Kansas Current BLS certification Current ACLS, PALS certifications; required within first 30 days Has a working knowledge of surgical and aseptic technique Two years of experience preferred.

Keywords: The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis, Topeka , RN/Registered Nurse - Pre-Op/PACU Nurse - FT - Tallgrass Surgical Center, Healthcare , Topeka, Kansas

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