RN - 12 HOUR-FLOAT-ICU in Harlingen, TX at Harlingen Medical Center

Date Posted: 9/11/2019

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Job Description



Overview

The Registered Nurse is directly responsible for the care given to his/her assigned patients. He/She communicates with the physician about changes in the patient’s clinical condition including hemodynamic monitoring, results of diagnostic studies and abnormal results and symptomatology. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition and/or response to treatment. Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality.

 

Responsibilities

Recognizes signs of abuse and reports appropriately to the hospital social worker and/or Child Protective Services. Familiar with the EMTALA Regulations.A Registered Nurse shall be responsible for the observation and direction of patient lifts, mobilization, and shall participate as needed in patient handling.Attends and maintains mandatory training in safe patient handling, trained in safe lifting techniques, includes but not limited to 1) Appropriate use of lifting devices and equipment, 2) Five areas of body exposure: vertical, lateral, bariatric repositioning and ambulation, 3) Use of lifting devices to handle patients safely.Uses professional judgment and clinical assessment in safe patient handling that are consistent with Safe Patient Handling policies. Consistently uses two patient identifiers when drawing lab, administering medications and performing procedures. Does not use unacceptable abbreviations in documentation and using read back on all telephone orders. Monitors authentication and validation of telephone orders within 24 hours by the physician.Consistently follows medication reconciliation policy.Ensures Crash Cart, defibrillation function have been checked per protocol and after each code, appropriate items are immediately replaced and indicated by signature on crash cart checklist.Is in compliance with information contained in the Infection Manual ( i.e. OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards, CDC Guidelines ), and demonstrates appropriate use of personal protective equipment ( i.e. gloves, gowns, masks, goggles ) and handwashing techniques.Consistently ensures that all clinical alarms i.e. Cardiac monitor alarms are set with the appropriate parameters for the patient and are audible at all times.Able to give thorough, detailed efficient change of shift report to ensure consistency in the plan of care. Uses the S-Bar communication report tool.Assists physicians with special tests and procedures in the ICU. Uses time out on all patients for any bedside procedures.Avoids and prevents injury to self and patients by applying the principles of body mechanics. Maintains a safe environment, functioning with an awareness and application of safety issues identified within the unit/facility, i.e., suction and oxygen immediately available at all ICU bedsides.Consistent with pain assessment and reassessment with the time frame after giving pain medications and upon discharge or transfer of patients.Consistently counts narcotics with the on-coming shift nurse and completes documentation of medications given to the patient on the MAR.Initiates discharge and patient / family education planning with proper documentation on the patient record.Establishes priorities of patient care based on essential needs and available resources of time, equipment, personnel and supplies.Formulates, maintains and updates a goal directed plan of care on patients which is prioritized and based on patient outcomes.Performs all other duties as assigned or required.

Qualifications

1.     Current and valid state RN License.

2.     Current BLS (AHA) certificate upon hire and maintain current.

3.     Starting in January 2013 for new hires, Basic Arrhythmia within 90 days of hire  

4.     Completion of Critical Care Course preferred.

5.     Current ACLS certificate 30 days upon hire and maintain current.

Previous Critical Care experience preferred

 

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