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Staff Nurse - PACU- FT- D/E

Company: Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center
Location: Lanham
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:


Staff Nurse - PACU

Position Purpose
Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of the immediate post-anesthetic/post-operative patient. Accurate and complete documentation, reflecting implementation of the nursing process. Perianesthesia Nursing roles includes: patient care, research, administration, management, education consultation and advocacy.


Role Specific Competencies
1. Actively participates in the development and / or administration of continuing education for the Registered Nurse in PAC U.
2. Adheres to professionalism standards.

  • Serves as a role model/resource for other team members and exhibits flexibility and adaptability to change in department practices.
  • Identifies strengths and development needs of self.
  • Identifies active/potential problems and seeks appropriate solutions to those problems, and assumes responsibility and accountability for "judgments" and actions.
  • Appearance consistently complies with department policy.
  • Participates in orientation and training of new personnel.
  • Utilizes work time productively.
  • Willingness to cover varying shifts as requested.
    3. Adheres to the standards of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Practice (ASPAN), The Joint C ommission and other regulatory
    agencies.
    4. Delivers quality nursing care to surgical patients during the immediate post-anesthesia phase that is consistent with published standards for nursing practice.
    • Assessments and interventions are accurately and legibly recorded, timed, dated and signature affixed.
    • Identified patient problems are documented in appropriate nurses note form.
    • Changes in patient status are reported immediately to anesthesia, attending physician, Surgeon, and Radiologist that results in appropriate medical intervention.
    • Documentation reflects implementation of the nursing process in PAC U.
    • Nursing interventions meet standards and result in no injury or harm to patients.
    • Develops, documents, implements and revises plan of care that meets patient's current needs and results in appropriate nursing interventions.
    • Reviews and carries out a discharge plan for teaching self care required to outpatients and/or family members.
    • Patient responses to interventions are documented.
    • Orients new personnel as assigned to policies and procedures, resulting in no errors on part of orientee during probationary period.
    • Promotes and maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment.
    • Provides pain control and other comfort measures.
    • Demonstrates appropriate clinical thinking and judgement which promotes optimal outcomes.
    • Maintains patient rights and dignity.
    • Supervises and delegates duties to PC T, Patient Escorts, LPN, Liaison as appropriate to promote optimum patient care.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by Nurse Manager / Designee.
      5. Demonstrates skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality care services for special age specific populations, such as, but not limited to, pediatrics and geriatrics patients
      6. Knowledge and skill levels are maintained to ensure clinical competency that ensures safe patient care.
      • Clinical competency checklist is maintained and completed prior to annual evaluation.
      • Attends 80% of continuing education programs offered within the department.
      • Assumes responsibility for maintaining a safe work environment that promotes patient care activities.
      • Complies with and enforces relevant hospital/departmental policies and procedures.
      • Incorporates applicable research and evidence into practice.
      • Participates in professional development / continuing education.
      • Maintains personal accountability for professional competency.
        7. Organizes nursing activities efficiently and safely which expedite patient care in a cost effective manner, within unique PACU environs.
        • Completes assignments within allotted time frames that reflect appropriate priority setting.
        • Priorities established and implemented result in no delay to appropriate intervention.
        • Able to problem-solve independently seeking assistance appropriately.
        • Utilizes equipment and supplies as intended resulting in cost containment.
        • Identifies co-workers' needs for assistance and responds appropriately.
        • Consults, collaborates and cooperates with peers and other healthcare providers to improve quality, effectiveness and efficiency of patient care.
          8. Participates and supports unit level functioning.
          • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
          • Participates in discussion of Quality Improvement Measures.
          • Successfully completes all hospital and unit-based required education courses as scheduled.
          • Adheres to attendance and tardiness policy.
          • Participates in unit based and hospital Performance Improvement efforts and data collection as directed.
            Qualifications and Experience
            • Current AC LS is required.
            • Current C PR/BLS is required.
            • Current PALS required.
            • Current RN licensure in the State of Maryland.
            • Hospital certification in Defibrillation, IV insertion blood glucose monitoring (Accucheck).
            • Recent PACU experience or one year critical care experience, or two years Telemetry experience plus must attend Critical Care course given at an accredited institution.
            • RN graduate from an accredited school of nursing.
              Physical Requirements
              • Concentrates on moderate to fine detail for extended periods of time with irregular telephone and other interruptions.
              • Engages in frequent verbal and written communication using acceptable medical terminology.
              • Must be able to function in an environment where background noises are a usual occurrence.
              • Remembers schedules, tasks to be completed, where activities left off, etc.
                Routinely lifts objects over 50 lbs with good body mec


                Welcome to Luminis Health
                Get ready for a bright future with us as we ignite a new era in community care. One that gives our patients easier access to what they need, when and where they need it. We offer many opportunities and locations for you to contribute your talents: Three hospitals (Anne Arundel Medical Center, Doctors Community Medical Center, McNew Family Medical Center), multiple outpatient services to include imaging, lab, services, medical group, mental health and substance use treatment centers, outpatient pavilions in Bowie, Easton, Kent Island, Pasadena, Odenton and Waugh Chapel and a research institute.
                We invite you to shine your light and join us in sharing optimism, collaborating on innovation, and delivering quality care.
                The future is bright. Yours and ours.
                PATIENT- & FAMILY-CENTERED CARE
                Patient- and family-centered care requires more than a skill set. It requires a mindset focused on the principles of Dignity and Respect, Information Sharing, Participation and Collaboration. Patients and families are encouraged to be participatory members of the health care team - helping to make decisions about their care or the care of a loved one.
                NURSING QUALITY
                Our nursing quality councils are based on a three-tier infrastructure - unit level, service line level, and organizational level. Each level escalates to the next, allowing for strong communication and collaboration between quality councils, as well as within and between the service lines. Within the councils, nurses formulate their practice questions, conduct literature reviews, review research articles, and create quality improvement projects geared to the specific needs of their patients.
                PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
                Doctors Community Medical Center makes career growth and advancement a priority for our nurses. We have a formal clinical ladder program and clinical ladder coaches who can help you assess your goals and guide you through the portfolio and application process. We also offer financial aid and scholarship opportunities, along with in-house seminars, workshops and access to continuing education credits via HealthStream -.

Keywords: Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center, Washington DC , Staff Nurse - PACU- FT- D/E, Healthcare , Lanham, DC

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