Lawton, OK
Monday-Friday 0800-1630 or 0900-1730 depending on needs

*Wages are based on average rates and may be impacted by facility budgets and seasonality and may include a combination of taxable and non-taxable earnings and reimbursements.
PACU RNDEFINITION:  Responsible for the delivery of safe, effective, and quality patient care in the immediate postoperative/post anesthesia unit and other areas of perioperative services for all patient populations.  He/she will maintain skills in setting priorities, organizing workload effectively, changes in assignment and integrating multiple assignments with multilevel personnel. Develop and implement total nursing care for patients by assessment, nursing diagnosis, patient care plans, provides leadership by working cooperatively with ancillary nursing and other patient team personnel in maintaining standards for professional nursing practice in the clinical setting.  Develop systems to provide care to a population including infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.  Is expected to flex hours to accommodate unit schedule and cover call during weekends, nights and holidays EDUCATION:As required by the State Board of Nursing. REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS (IF APPLICABLE):1.      Current Basic Life Support. ACLS2.      As required by the State Board of Nursing.3.    PALS & CPAN Preferred MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:1.      Graduate of a Registered Nurse Program with current Oklahoma Registered Nurse license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:1.      BSN. 2.      Experience, school attendance record and performance record may be considered. PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES: 1.      Participates and implements age specific care and interaction.1.1.   Employee has attended departmental orientation (training) and annual inservice education for age specific training.  Implements age specific training.2.      Collaborates with the healthcare team (RN, LPN, NA, Physician and ancillary disciplines) in the assessment of the patient/family.2.1.   Performs a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy.  This includes:  pediatric, geriatric and the patient population.2.2.   Adequately assesses and reassesses pain.  Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques.2.3.   Interprets data about the patients status in order to identify each patients age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group.3.      Collaborates with the healthcare team to develop a plan of care to meet the physiological, spiritual, emotional, mental, social and developmental needs of the patient.3.1.   Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity.  Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families. 3.2.   Acts appropriately to address requests for additional resources or issue resolution.3.3.   Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patients and family.3.4.   Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning.  Family is included in teaching, as appropriate.3.5.   Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.3.6.   Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patients needs.3.7.   Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.4.      Collaborates with the healthcare team in the implementation of the patients plan of care.4.1.   Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population served.4.2.   Performs patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patients age and clinical condition.4.3.   Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.4.4.   Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.4.5.   Demonstrates an ability to assist physicians with procedures and performs services requiring technical and manual skills.4.6.   Demonstrates ability to perform treatments and provide services within scope of practice.5.      Administers medications accurately and safely.5.1.   Knows medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and their clinical condition.5.2.   Follows the five medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.6.      Accurately and consistently evaluates patient/family responses to interventions to determine the patients progress and revise the plan of care.6.1.   Revises plan of care as indicated by the patients response to treatment and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness.6.2.   Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.7.      Communicates (verbal and written) effectively, accurately and professionally with patient/family and all members of the healthcare team.7.1.   Communicates appropriately and clearly to patient, family, co-workers, physicians and nursing supervisors.7.2.   Documents to current standards and policies.7.3.   Documents post-anesthesia care and identity of second person in the recovery room during the patients recovery from anesthesia/sedation according to approved policies and procedures7.4.   Communicates with health care team members regarding both in hospital and post-discharge needs.7.5.   Appropriately utilizes available technology to facilitate communication and enhance patient safety.8.      Participates in the education/development of staff and students.8.1.   Facilitates the orientation of new employees and professional development of members of the healthcare team by providing instruction and demonstration of skills, principles and practice of nursing.8.2.   Fosters healthy relationships with students and faculty.9.      Complies with professional requirements, organizational and departmental policies and procedures.9.1.   Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.9.2.   Uses computerized punch time system correctly.9.3.   Completes work within designated time.9.4.   Completes annual educational requirements and monthly inservices in a timely fashion.9.5.   Adheres to dress code.9.6.   Wears identification badge while on duty.9.7.   Attends required staff meetings as appropriate. Reads all monthly staff meeting minutes.9.8.   Actively participates in performance improvement.9.9.   Legally complies with all regulatory agencies including, but not limited to, the Oklahoma Nurse Practice Act. SPECIFIC UNIT/AREA RESPONSIBILITIES: 1.      ACLS and PALS required within six months of hire; must be certified within 3 attempts.2.      On-call for surgery after normal operating hours (1830 subject to change).3.      On-call for general c-section patients.4.      On-call for GI Lab patients when the call team is here and GI Lab has a case to follow.5.      Provides nursing care to meet patient needs related to surgical condition and type of anesthesia administered6.      Monitors patients vital signs, breathing, alertness, awareness following the surgical procedure and informs surgeon and anesthetist of observed complications7.      Performs thorough post-operative patient assessment prior to discharge of the patient from the PACU8.      Able to assess level of consciousness, skin condition, body mobility, sensory impairments, pain, temperature, cardiovascular, and respiratory status.9.      Provides assistance and directs others in safely transferring and positioning the patient and applies safety devices.10.  Verifies and implements post-operative physician orders (i.e., blood, lab, x-ray, medications, etc.).11.  Perform interventions to ensure the patient is at or returned to normothermia at the conclusion of the immediate postoperative period.  WORKING CONDITIONS: Exposure to diseases and foul odors. Exposure to hazardous chemicals. Exposure to sharp objects.  PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: HAND AND ARM USE: Must possess sufficient dexterity to initiate IVs, to prepare medications and to give injections. Must be able to operate and handle medical equipment and technologically complex devices, including but not limited to, keyboards, monitors and IVACs. Must be able to write neatly and legibly.  LIFTING AND CARRYING: Requires lifting of adult and
Required Qualifications
General Certifications(PALS,ACLS)

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