Manages individualized, goal directed nursing care through the use of the nursing process and the principles of primary nursing, in accordance with surgical center policies and procedures.
Essential competencies are those tasks, duties, and responsibilities that comprise the means of accomplishing the job’s purpose and objectives. Essential competencies are critical or fundamental to the performance of the job. They are the major functions for which the person in the job is held accountable. Following are the essential competencies of the job, along with the corresponding performance standards.
Demonstrates compassion every day without reservation; Puts others first; Respects others and their differences; Shows empathy for patients; Sensitive to the feelings of others.
Has an exceptional grasp of his/her skills. Uses a step by step procedure when assessing patients. Able to anticipate patient needs before they become critical. Keeps self-current and relevant in assessment skills and competency.
Demonstrates an ability to have direct perception or quick insight regarding situations that occur or exist in the patient care setting. Takes prompt and decisive action to ensure patient is taken care of appropriately.
Eager to learn more; demonstrates ability to utilize skills or ingenuity to make patients experience the most comfortable it can be. Willing to listen to patient and professionals around them to assure great patient outcomes.
Teaching and Communication Skills
Seeks opportunities to exchange thoughts, messages and information to accomplish patient care goals; Willingness to share credit; actively seeks to learn and teach by example and imparts knowledge or skills to other team members.
A. Assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care to assigned patients.
B. Develops, discusses, and communicates a realistic problem list (plan of care) for each patient, in collaboration with each patient, family, and significant other in order to address all identified needs.
C. Demonstrates the skills and judgment necessary to implement medical plan of care, nursing interventions, and procedures as necessary for the care of the patient.
D. Evaluates the identified problems, care provided, and patient’s responses are reassessed in order meet patient and family needs to ensure overall quality of care delivered.
E. Maintains up‑to‑date and accurate documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, in order to ensure quality care.
F. Prepares the patient for surgery/procedure the day of surgery.
G. Is responsible for making sure all pre-surgical testing has been done and on chart prior to procedure.
H. Is responsible for making sure all consents have been discussed with the patient and signed as per policy.
I. Will be available to the physician for assistance with site verification or other as needed.
J. Will be available to anesthesia for assisting with blocks as needed.
K. Will initiate IV therapy and admission orders as ordered. (In applicable settings)
L. Will be cross trained in Pre-admission phone calls.
M. Maintains current knowledge, certification, and licensure. Pursues professional growth and development.
N. Functions as a role model for current and new staff.
O. Demonstrates leadership behaviors in a professional manner.
P. Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned.
Q. Functions as an extension of the nurse manager as a role model for current and new staff.
R. Performs selected managerial duties as delegated by the Director of Nursing.
S. Closely monitor the patient recovering from anesthesia.
T. Maintains IV access. (in applicable settings)
U. Medicates patients as needed for pain management as per physician’s orders.
V. Monitors vital signs and pain closely as per centers policy.
W. Is able to identify potential problems quickly and responds according to the patient’s needs.
X. Works closely with the anesthesiologist and physician during the recovery of the patient.
Y. Continues with patient teaching and discharge planning.
Z. Gives complete and clear discharge instruction when the patient is being discharged.
AA. Uses AORN, ASCA, AAMI, ASPAN, Illinois Nurse Practice ACT, AAAHC/The Joint Commission for clarification of perioperative standards and procedures.
BB. Attends all required safety training programs and can describe his or her responsibilities related to general safety, center/service safety, and specific job related hazards.
CC. Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
DD.Follows the center exposure control plans/blood borne and airborne pathogens.
EE. Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a center/unit team inter- and intra-center to facilitate the center’s/unit’s ability to meet its goals and objectives.
FF. Performs all responsibilities/duties required by the center, as defined in the scope of service, to ensure that the unique nature of the client is addressed.
GG.Assumes all other duties as assigned.
1.Proof of current state licensure for registered nurses is required for employment and will be kept in file in the employee personnel files. On or before expiration date of license, all registered nurses shall present current license or proof thereof to the Administrator, Human Resource Manager or designee. Failure to provide a renewed license on or before the expiration date will prohibit the employee from working.
Verification of licensure will be done annually by the Administrator, Human Resource Manager or designee.