Registered Nurse (RN) - Valve Clinic - Days 7-10 Hrs
Company: Heart Hospital of Austin
Posted on: January 13, 2018
Position Summary: Performs direct patient care within the scope of the nurse practice act, as it applies to the outcomes and process in the Valve Clinic. Plans, coordinates and implements the care of the valve patient in the outpatient setting. Scope of the role includes acting as a liaison with physicians, patient/families and ancillary departments. Assessment of financial, medical and social resources of current and potential vale program patients in conjunction with the research team. Coordination of information flow among the medical, nursing, financial and research staff as appropriate. Development and implement a teaching plan with the patient and family. To include lab valves, medication overview and diagnosis related information. Assist the research team in the coordination of patient charts, diagnostic studies and other applicable information per protocol. Primary Duties: 1. Plan, coordinate, and implement care of the valve patients in the outpatient clinic.* Review clinical progress of patients and coordinates communications to referring, valve and primary care physicians along with the research team.* Plan, organize and provide direct care to the valve patient.* Facilitate the development of a patient specific teaching plan.* Review patient's current health information, relay information and make referrals as necessary to the physician and research partners. 2. Review and order medications appropriate to the patient.* Initiate Lovenox Bridge and renal protection as per protocol. 3. Serve as a resource for the hospital staff regarding the care of the valve patient.* Educate patient and families regarding planned procedures, medications and treatments.* Make referral as appropriate as noted by the physician 4. Coordinate information among:* Referring, primary care and valve clinic physicians* Research team* Ancillary departments* Answer patient/family phone calls, field questions appropriately 5. Participate in creating an environment that implements the mission, vision, and values of the organization* Encourages collegiality when integrating valve services with other departments. 6. Responsible for full nursing assessment of clinic patients, including documentation of vital signs, sign and symptoms of disease process, NYHA and angina class.* Responsible for reviewing all diagnostic imaging studies, lab values and notify MD as appropriate for abnormal findings. 7. Knowledge and application of pertinent computer programs and imaging software (i.e. MUSE, Kinetdx, Scimage, PACS) Qualifications/Specifications: Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing; advanced degree (BSN/MSN) preferred. Licensure/Certification: Current state licensure as a registered nurse or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact. Current certification in BLS and ACLS. Experience: At least 3 years of cardiology or critical care experience. Essential Technical/Motor Skills: Ability to manipulate various types of electronic and clinical equipment, adjust and troubleshoot monitoring equipment, IV infusions, and computer equipment. Ability to operate specialty equipment related to area of expertise and to perform computer tasks at a "user's" level. Interpersonal Skills: Must possess the ability to interact and communicate in English, both orally and written, with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and families in an effective manner, exhibiting tact, enthusiasm, and patience. Must be sensitive to cultural and bilingual issues. Essential Physical Requirements:* Registered Nurse transfers patient to perform medical duties. Requires vertically transferring patient weighing up to (50 lbs.) from (23") to (36"), up to (6/shift).* Registered Nurse transfers hardware and monitors from patient room to room. Requires vertically/horizontally transferring hardware and monitors weighing up to (25 lbs.) from (70") to (70"), up to (15/shift), a distance of up to (150 feet) without mechanical assistance.* Registered Nurse transfers patient in bed, EKG, pump, wheelchair, crash cart, stretcher, and medical equipment to perform job duties. Must horizontally transfer patient in bed, EKG, pump, wheelchair, crash cart, stretcher, and medical equipment requiring a force up to (40 lbs.), up to (15/shift), a distance up to (50 feet).* Registered Nurse must access medical equipment to perform job duty. Requires repetitive assumption of posture to access a point (1") from the floor, up to (6/shift).* Registered Nurse stands to perform job duties when indicated. Requires tolerance of standing posture up to (4 hours.), continuously, for a total of up to (7 hours) per (12 hours.).* Registered Nurse requires (Near/Far/Depth/Color) vision to use needles, orders, computer, electrodes, labels, medication and flow sheet.* Registered Nurse must access hospital and campus to perform job duties. Requires walking up to (3.0 miles), in (12 hours).* Registered nurse is required to operate injections, swan pumps, threaded parts and open unit doses to perform job duties.* Registered Nurse is required to use computer keyboard, mouse, and visual display for a total of up to (5 hours) per (12 hours).* Registered Nurse is required to hand write for a total of up to (5 hours) per (12 hours).* Registered Nurse is required to perform CPR when indicated to perform job duties. Essential Cognitive Abilities: Possesses the ability to comprehend and interpret complex clinical subject matter related to the specialty and calculate in apothecary and metric systems for drug administration. Must possess the ability to document appropriate clinical information. Has the ability to interpret rules/regulations/accrediting and licensing standards sufficiently for implementation. Maintains concentration and organization while dealing with multiple issues. Possesses the ability to analyze data and formulate an appropriate plan of action. Essential Sensory Requirements: Possesses the ability to respond to patient/family needs by interpreting verbal and non-verbal expressions. Exposure to Hazards: Requires exposure to communicable diseases and potentially contaminated body fluids and bio-hazardous materials. OSHA Risk Factor: Category 1. Potential risk of physical injury due to moving machinery and supplies. Age-Specific Criteria: Possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to any age-related needs of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. Possesses knowledge of growth and development appropriate to the patient population served. Possesses the skills/knowledge to perform treatments and interpret data, including age-related care needed by the patient group. Other: Knowledgeable of the mission, vision, and values of the hospital. Operates within the concept of patient-focused care. Evolves into an effective team member. Must adhere to dress code, good grooming and personal hygiene habits. Cognizant of and conforms to all hospital policies and procedures.
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