Work with all members of the health care team to provide optimal care to the patient throughout his/her surgical experience.
Maintain a friendly, positive and caring attitude with all patients, physicians and staff.
Maintain excellent physical and mental health.
Provide patient education during all phases of the patient’s experience at the Center.
Ensure that the proper supplies and equipment are available in the Pre-Op and PACU.
Ensure that equipment is functioning properly.
Assist supervisor with preparation of budget.
Charge for all supplies used in Pre-Op and PACU. Assist with inventory control by proper count of supplies/time used.
Appropriately document patient care provided.
Attend continuing education offerings to remain current with orthopaedic and ASC issues.
Display professionalism at work and in the community.
Take an active role on committees within the organization.
Identify actual and potential risks to patients and others. Take action to minimize or eliminate risk and maximize safety in the facility.
Prepare for arrival of patients to the surgery center by ensuring that proper supplies and equipment are available.
Review the patient chart and health history to assure that the necessary pre-operative evaluations have been completed. Ensure that consent form has been signed.
Admit and prepare patients for surgery. Provide ongoing information to the patient and his/her caregiver to assure that they understand all procedures and feel as comfortable as possible.
Perform nursing assessment of patient, start IV and ordered medications.
Communicate with other health care team members to assure continuity of care.
Receive patient in the recovery room after surgery. Assess and evaluate the patient. Continuously monitor the patient during his recovery phase. Document the status of the patient and the care provided.
Incorporate a sense of wellness by allowing the patient’s family to be reunited with him/her as soon as feasible and by encouraging self-care by the patient.
Provide discharge instructions to the patient and his caregiver, asking for confirmation of understanding.
Document charges for all supplies used during the pre-op and recovery phase.
Perform follow up patient assessment by calling the patient the day after surgery.
Remain prepared for emergency situations by knowing correct emergency procedures, locations of emergency call system and location of emergency supplies and equipment.
Ensure that Universal Precautions are maintained.
Complete all necessary documentation on Recovery Room nurses’ record.
Assist with ordering drugs and supplies.
Wipe down gurneys and recliners between patients with a germicidal solution. Remake beds as needed.
Perform narcotic counts at the end of each surgical day.
Perform daily crash cart checks.
Perform other duties as assigned.