The Registered Nurse is responsible for the delivery of safe patient care utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Provides direct patient care within the scope of practice. The Registered Nurse also directs and guides patient/family teaching and activities of other nursing personnel while maintaining standards of care within the Medical/Surgical Unit. The Registered Nurse is directly responsible and accountable for the care given to his/her assigned patients. He / She communicates with physician about changes in the patient's clinical condition including cardiac monitoring, results of diagnostic studies and symptomatology. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition and/or response to treatment.
Establishes priorities of patient care based on essential needs and available resources of time, personnel, physicians, equipment and supplies.
Formulates, maintains and continually updates a goal directed plan of care which is prioritized and based on patient outcomes.
Communicates and co-ordinates patient’s plan of care with appropriate additional surgical team members.
Detects, corrects and or reports incorrect instrument, sponge or needle counts
Handles specimens in an appropriate manner according to facility policy
Consistently and appropriately performs “time out” according to facility policy and uses two different patient identifiers before the administration of medications or performing any procedures.
Consistently follows policies regarding Telephone/Verbal orders and Critical Values reports with the using of “read back”.
Monitors all patient care equipment during use, i.e. pneumatic tourniquets, electro-cautery and vital signs machines etc., ensuring they are set with the appropriate parameters for the patient and that any/all alarms are audible at all times.
Is in compliance with information contained in the Infection Control Manual (i.e. OSHA blood borne pathogen standards, CDC Guidelines) and demonstrates appropriate use of personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, gowns, goggles, masks) and hand washing technique.
Education and Work Experience
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