The Registered Nurse (OR) works with and assists Anesthesia with providing support and coordinates care for patients receiving varying levels of sedation and anesthesia to facilitate their care. The OR Nurse Should be fully conversant in all aspects of pre-anesthesia care, particularly the nursing considerations for induction, maintenance, and reversal of general anesthesia as well as varying levels of sedation. The Registered Nurse (OR) provides direct and individualized nursing care to patients based on the application of scientific nursing principles. In addition to general nursing care, duties include but are not limited to: Consults and coordinates with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans. Conducts pre- and post-operative education. Serves as the communication liaison to family and members of the operating team. Takes and monitors patients' vital signs. Ensures that operating on correct patient and the correct procedure is being performed. Provides basic, bedside care. Prepares and administers (orally, subcutaneously, through an IV) and records prescribed medications. Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments in accordance with the SOP regarding the administration of medications by a licensed registered nurse. Responds to life-saving situations based upon nursing standards and protocol. Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms. Prepares operating room, endoscopy suite, or procedural room for patient/procedure. Initiates corrective action whenever information from monitoring equipment shows adverse symptomatology. Monitors patients' physical and emotional well-being throughout the care continuum. Initiates patient education plan. Assists in positioning, responding to comfort/safety of patient. Provides for accurate care and handling of specimens. Observes and enforces strict standards of asepsis. Observes, checks and monitors all equipment used during surgery to confirm they are running smoothly. Handles patient documentation. Inventories all items both pre- and post-surgery Scrub Nurse, with the following additional duties: Selects and handles instruments and supplies used for the operation, passing them to surgeon. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:15am - 3:45pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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