RN, Registered Nurse - CVRU (Nights)
The Registered Nurse (RN) utilizes the nursing process to direct and deliver comprehensive nursing care to patients on an assigned unit in a safe and proficient manner according to individual patient needs. Provides direct patient care based upon South Austin Medical Center Hospital Standards of Care and Standards of Practice, Polices, Procedures and Practice Guidelines. Provides guidance and supervision to Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Nursing Technicians, Nursing Assistants and Unit Secretaries. He/she acts as patient and advocate with the Hospital environment. Assumes Charge Nurse responsibilities and accepts assignments on other units when necessary.
ADDITIONAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
*1) Meets the requirements of the RN job description as appropriate.
*2) Demonstrates safe and effective working knowledge of all equipment used in the critical care units as appropriate.
*3) Performs ACLS/code arrest protocols as a member of the Code/Arrest Team. Respond to codes/arrests as appropriate.
*4) Considers age related factors in the assessment, care, and treatment of the infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.
*5) Provides care for the critically ill patient with central/invasive lines.
*6) Provides care for critically ill patients with:
a. Hemodynamic pressure lines (i.e: PA lines, CVP lines, arterial lines)
b. Pressure monitoring devices: (i.e: ICP)
c. Temporary pacing
e. Artificial airway/mechanical ventilation
f. etc. as determined by critical care unit assigned
*7) Provides care for the patient on or receiving vasoactive/potent drips or drugs.
*8) Provides care for the unstable cardiac patient and is familiar with EKG/rhythm strip interpretation.
*9) Provides care for the immediate post operative patient.
*10) Provides care for the potential and/or organ/tissue donor patient.
*11) Applies the principles of critical care nursing to the critically ill medical or surgical patient: orthopedic, cardio-vascular, neuro, pulmonary, endocrine, hematological, GI, GU, and renal). Able to intervene appropriately in a critical or crisis situation.
*12) Considers principles of death and dying when caring for the caring for the terminally ill medical/surgical patient. Provides emotional, spiritual, religious and cultural support to patients and their families.
*13) Demonstrate understanding of HCAs and “Patients First” safety initiative by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures.