RN Pre Op - PRN
USPI’s mission is to provide first–class surgical services for the local community in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment; one in which we would be happy to treat our own families.
As a nurse for New Mexico Surgery Center-Orthopaedics you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing care for patients of any age in Pre-Op department. Provides care within nursing standards of practice and the policies of the Center. Makes decisions regarding direct patient care needs and communicates appropriate information to other team members. May have additional responsibilities as designated by the manager, which include, but are not limited to, serving on committees, participating in quality improvement audits, and projects.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
a) Effectively organizes time, equipment, supplies, and personnel
b) Uses equipment effectively by anticipating patient needs and providing appropriate care
c) Confirms that proper techniques and procedures are used according to accepted standards of practice
d) Assists in inventory of supplies, drugs, and equipment to maintain availability and stock levels in the Pre-Operative area
e) Maintains order and cleanliness of Pre-Operative area
f) Performs thorough Pre-Operative patient assessment required in the outpatient setting
g) Assists in assessing the physical and emotional status of the patient prior to admission
h) Provides Pre-Operative instruction and explanation of patient rights and responsibilities
i) Describes the perioperative experience to the patient/significant other, including what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, and how the significant other will participate
j) Obtains pertinent patient records prior to patient’s arrival for Pre-Operative testing
k) Performs all Pre-Operative testing (i.e., laboratory work, electrocardiogram, x-rays, etc.)
l) Reports all abnormal values to anesthesiologist/attending surgeon
m) Explains informed consent for surgery, patients’ rights/responsibilities, and Pre-Operative/postoperative instructions
n) Obtains necessary signatures
o) Informs patient about routine care and procedures related to the perioperative experience
p) Discusses all findings with anesthesiologist prior to anesthesiologist’s Pre-Operative evaluation of patient
q) Provides comfort and reassurance to the patient and supports the patient’s right to privacy, dignity, and confidentiality
r) Documents Pre-Operative care according to policy/procedure
Education and/or Experience: Graduate of an approved school of nursing. Currently licensed in the state. BLS and ACLS required. One year experience required peri-operative setting. Demonstrates clinical competency, leadership, and teaching capabilities.
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