West Florida Healthcare(WFH) is the only area hospital to earn an "A" rating in patient safety on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade scale as well as the only Atrial Fibrillation Certified hospital. Additionally, WFH was the area's first Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. We are also an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. The West Florida Healthcare campus includes the all private room acute care hospital, a mental health facility, and the area's only CARF-accredited, comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital. WFH has also been honored as a Truven Top 100 Hospital and just recently received their Joint Commission Sepsis accreditation.
Affiliated with HCA, the nation's leading provider of healthcare, West Florida Healthcare offers major services in cardiology/cardiovascular surgery, oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, emergency care, behavioral health, obstetrics, rehabilitative medicine and many other medical specialties.
For more information about the hospital, visit www.westfloridahospital.com
GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
Contributes to the company by utilizing the nursing process in planning, executing, and evaluating the nursing care rendered post-operative until patient is dismissed from the facility.OPERATIONAL DUTIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Demonstrates necessary practical, technical, or specialized skills required for the role of the post-operative nurse in accordance with patient care and regulatory standards of practice.
- Demonstrates proper airway management techniques (oral airway, extubation, pulse oximetry monitoring, O2 administration, etc.)
- Demonstrates understanding of principles of hemodynamic monitoring and monitors patient according to policy (vital signs, temperature, cardiac, etc.).
- Recognizes signs and symptoms of patient's condition that indicate potential post procedure or anesthesia related complications and report to anesthesiologist immediately.
- Monitors and maintains proper intravenous intake and output.
- Exhibits proper technique for insertion, maintenance, and removal of IV catheters and saline locks.
- Performs head to toe assessment of patient and evaluates patient utilizing approved scoring system upon admission and as indicated by policy.
- Documents patient assessment upon admission.
- Checks dressings and operative site and reports abnormalities to the surgeon.
- Provides a safe and comforting environment for patient and family while restraining patient for safety reasons, as needed and in accordance with facility policy.
- Prepares and administers medications in accordance with current practice (i.e. antibiotics, narcotics, preparing/labeling medications, identifying high alert medications, utilizing 7 patient rights for medication administration and appropriate handling of narcotic waste).
- Demonstrates thorough understanding of medications utilized intra and poster operatively and recognizes the need for use of reversal drugs, when necessary.
- Recognizes emergency situations and responds effectively in a calm and controlled manner.
- Prepares patient for transfer to hospital when necessary.
- Assures that patient meets all discharge criteria.
- Patient is evaluated by a physician/anesthesia provider prior to discharge.
- Written discharge order is received from the attending physician prior to patient discharge.
- Patient is discharged home with a responsible adult, unless otherwise approved by physician.
- Confirms that patient and family receives and verbalizes understanding of written discharge instructions.
- Documents all appropriate patient information in accordance with charting guidelines.
- Conducts patient post procedure calls. Documents and reports to patient's physician any abnormalities communicated by patient/family member during the follow up call.
- Graduate from an accredited school of professional nursing.
- Minimum 2 years experience in a PACU or ICU setting; preferably in an ambulatory surgery center.
- Additional specialty experience may be required as per facility practices(i.e. Pediatric, GI, etc)
- Active RN license as required by state of employment.
- Required valid BCLS Certification upon employment. ***online certification not acceptable.
- ACLS required.
- PALS as required by facility.
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