Shift time: 8 Hours (AM/PM)
Frequency: 5X a week
Duration: 13 weeks assignment
Delivers direct nursing care to a variety of patients receiving diagnostic, interventional, cardiology and radiology procedures in the catheterization laboratory environment. This care involves pre-procedural, intra-procedural and post-procedural responsibilities. Assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates all patient care within the department including patient, family and significant other education.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Essential Functions)
Assesses and documents the physical and psychosocial needs of patients. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patient. Utilizes the nursing process to provide direct patient care in collaboration with all health care disciplines.
Demonstrates clinical and technical competence in performing Cardiac Cath Lab and Radiology related treatments and procedures including, but not limited to, neuro-radiology procedures, left and right heart catheterization, coronary interventions, valve studies, diagnostic oximetry studies, peripheral angiography, peripheral interventions, pacemaker / AICD implants,electrophysiology studies and ablations. Prepares and calibrates transducers, oximeters and other equipment as required.
Demonstrates proficiency in using various types of cath lab specialty equipment; hemodynamic nursing documentation and physiological monitoring system, pacemakers, defibrillators, IVUS, pressure wire, contrast injector and any other new technology introduced as an adjunct for enhancing patient care in the Cardiac Cath Lab and Recovery area. Verifies readiness of all emergency and monitoring equipment per policy.
Implements medical management of patient care based upon physician orders. Demonstrates clinical and technical competence in administration of medication following current policy and procedure.
Demonstrates clinical and technical competence in emergency resuscitation of patients. Initiates appropriate emergency procedures and administers life-supporting drugs/treatments as indicated and
under the supervision of a Physician/Radiologist. Maintains proficiency in administration of adult IV sedation, and if PAL's trained may administer sedation for young adults. Injects contrast media, radiopharmaceuticals and other medications under the direction of a Radiologist or other physician as required.
Provides a nursing history of the patient, which includes a review of systems. Documents information on the appropriate nursing record in accordance with current policy and procedure.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Working knowledge of hemodynamic pressure recording/interpretation, sterile technique, cardiac catheterization and special procedures equipment and supplies,computer skills adequate to document nursing notes electronically.
Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrates flexibility in meeting unanticipated demands and priorities.
Demonstrates good interpersonal skills using tact and diplomacy in interacting with staff, clients, and the public.
Ability to perform in crises.
Capable of functioning independently pertaining to patient care and equipment functions.
Ability to participate in planning and arranging work as a team member.