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Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
Job Summary: Responsible for the delivery of safe, effective, and quality patient-family centered care in the OR and other areas of perioperative services for all patient populations.
- Promote the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
- Assess patients at intervals as stated in policies and procedures.
- Develop an individualized perioperative patient plan of care.
- Implement the plan of care by
- protecting the patient from injury caused by extraneous objects and chemical, electrical, laser, mechanical, and thermal sources;
- performing accounting procedures to protect the patient from unintended retained surgical items;
- performing interventions necessary to ensure that the patient’s procedure is performed on the correct site, side, and level;
- managing the patient’s specimens according to organizational policy and procedures;
- communicating the patient’s current status to relevant parties throughout the continuum of care;
- administering medications safely and correctly;
- performing interventions to maintain the patient’s wound and tissue perfusion at or above baseline levels;
- performing interventions to maintain the status of the patient’s genitourinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balances at or above baseline levels;
- performing interventions to ensure the patient is at or returned to normothermia at the conclusion of the immediate postoperative period;
- performing interventions to protect the patient from surgical site infection;
- assessing the knowledge level of the patient or designated support person;
- providing education regarding the expected psychosocial response, nutritional management, medication management, pain management, wound management, and expected responses to the operative or invasive procedure;
- involving the patient or designated support person actively in decisions affecting his or her perioperative plan of care and the rehabilitation process;
- protecting the patient’s rights, dignity, and privacy;
- providing age-specific, culturally competent, ethical care within legal standards of practice; and
- providing consistent and comparable care regardless of the setting.
- Evaluate the patient’s progress toward attaining outcomes.
- Transfer care as applicable.
- Delegate tasks according to the state Nurse Practice Act and job descriptions.
- Document nursing care accurately, completely, and legibly.
- Collaborate effectively with other disciplines as applicable.
- Participate in quality review and performance improvement projects.
- Participate in the performance appraisal process.
- Use problem-solving and conflict resolution skills to foster effective work relationships with team members.
- Maintain required competencies.
- Pursue professional growth and participates in a professional organization.
- Act as a patient advocate and maintain privacy and confidentiality of individuals and health information.
Education/Licensure/Certification — Mandatory:
- Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
- Current Washington State Registered Nurse License or ability to obtain prior to employment
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
- Prior OR RN experience preferred
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification or obtain ACLS/PALS within 90 days of hire at the expense of employee (OOA will expense for re-certifications)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, depending on patient population
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
- Physically demanding, high-stress environment
- Exposure to blood and body fluids, communicable diseases, chemicals, radiation, and repetitive motions
- Pushing and pulling heavy objects
- Full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients
- Manual and finger dexterity
- Hand and eye coordination
- Standing and walking for extensive periods of time
- Lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50lbs
- Corrected vision and hearing to within normal range
- Working under stressful conditions