Submitted: July 18, 2017
Submitted: July 18, 2017
The Registered Nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit is responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of post anesthesia nursing care of an assigned group of patients. He / she will also assume this clinical Registered Nurse role in the Recovery Stage Two unit and the Preoperative area as assigned. Patient Care/Clinical Practice: Meets standards of job performance and clinical competence for Post Anesthesia Care Registered Nurse. Meets standards of job performance and clinical competence for Registered Nurse for the Preoperative Holding Area and Recovery Stage Two Unit including but not limited to direct patient care and indirect patient care, medical record preparations and reviews for completeness. Is responsible and accountable for post anesthesia and preoperative ambulatory nursing process. Follows guidelines of ASPAN and ANA consisting of the six steps of assessment, nursing diagnosis, outcome identification, planning and evaluation of perioperative care with recognition of age related needs for adult, geriatric and pediatric patients. Practices in accordance with the State Nurse Practice Act, ANA Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics for Nurses, Department of Health regulations and other regulatory and accrediting agencies in addition to this organization’s policies and procedures. Establishes, implements, and monitors, in conjunction with other members of the patient care team, standards of patient care within framework of the standards of this Center. Assesses and responds to individual, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient. Directs Licensed Practical Nurses and unlicensed assistive personnel / perioperative team towards safe, competent, compassionate, individualized and goal-directed patient care. Administers medications correctly within the restrictions and limitations defined by the New Jersey State Practice Act and the Center’s policies and procedures. Conducts narcotic counts in the specified manner with another Registered Nurse. Maintains inventory of narcotics and controlled drugs requisitioned by the Anesthesiologist.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Post Anesthesia nursing with critical care experience preferred. Preoperative nursing experience preferred.
SPECIAL SKILLS / LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION:
Current State Registered Nurse license.
BLS, ACLS and. PALS required
Current IV certification from an approved facility preferred.
Evidence of continuing education.
ASPAN participation encouraged. CPAN certification encouraged.
Language skills: Ability to read, write and communicate effectively.
Qualifications: The Post Anesthesia Care nurse must be a currently licensed professional nurse in the state of New Jersey. Minimum recent two years experience in a hospital or ambulatory surgical post anesthesia setting with demonstrated competence as a Registered Nurse preferred. Certification for post anesthesia nursing preferred.