The Registered Nurse (RN) provides direct care to patients in the Emergency Department setting including performing triage, treatment initiation, and outcome evaluation. RN will be an interdisciplinary team member, provide comprehensive emergency care to stable and unstable/critically ill patients, monitor hemodynamic status and correctly interpret results. Applicants must possess sound clinical judgment, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. The following are duties the Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for in the Emergency Department (ED) (including but not limited to): Obtain and document patients' vital signs, recognize and report abnormal values to the provider. Initiate cardiac monitoring correctly, and admit/discharge patients from monitoring system and print rhythms strips. Recognize certain abnormalities in the ECG strip, e.g. premature ventricular contractions, tachycardia, brachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, etc., take appropriate action, and notify the provider immediately. Insert angiocaths into peripheral arm veins, obtain blood for laboratory tests and convert to saline lock. Collect, label and send laboratory specimens as ordered according to policy and procedure. Assist providers with specialized exams/procedures in ambulatory care by preparing patient, handing instruments to the provider providing emotional support to the patients; clean equipment and room between procedures using proper infection control techniques. Initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation according to A.H.A standards. In the event of disturbed patient behavior, produce a safe resolution of the disturbance without undo injury to patient or staff. Attend to patient needs as "sitter", while in suicide precaution status. Administer various IV medications / drips (cardiovascular, antibiotics, antihypertensives,) with reassessment post medication administration. These are performed amidst an unpredictable environment that requires the RN to shift tasks and responsibilities in a moment's notice. Work Schedule: Nights, 12 and 8 hour shifts, 7:45 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. rotating weekends and rotating holidays with occasional changes in tours of duty to support the department. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Bargaining Unit: Yes
Internal Number: 600019700
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