This department works within other imaging departments to care for adult and pediatric patients who require sedation or anesthesia for their procedure. These nurses are an integral part of a multidisciplinary care team and are responsible for the assessment, planning, and care of the patient during interventional procedures. The areas of coverage include ultrasound, CT, Fluoro, EEG, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular Lab, and Echo. All nurses are required to have CPR, ACLS, and PALS certification. Experience in procedural sedation required. This department is scheduled Monday through Friday until 5PM and with weekend call until 5PM for emergencies.
Works with physicians and multidisciplinary team members to develop plan of care for each assigned patient from admission through discharge. Ensures patient is progressing toward desired outcomes by continuously monitoring patient care through assessment and/or evaluation. Assesses and responds to patient/family needs by coordinating efforts of other team members. Identifies and resolves barriers that hinder effective patient care. Improves quality and completeness of documentation.
Assesses, creates, implements evaluates and modifies timely discharge plans.
Collaborates with patients, families, nurse, physician and other members of the team, creating consensus around issues of discharge planning.
Documents in a clear, complete, concise, and organized manner.
Monitors clinically high risk and complicated cases and institutes necessary actions to promote quality care and appropriate integration.
Accepts referrals and identifies patients who meet the criteria for case management.
Coordinates cases between health care providers and insurance company.
Determines appropriate level of care according to InterQual criteria, and facilitate movement of patients in a timely manner.
Facilitates staffing and care conferences when indicated.
Develops treatment plan and discuss proposed course of treatment with patient's attending physician, patient, family and other members of the team.
Ensures patient/family/staff concerns are appropriately resolved in a timely manner.
Analyzes current operations, policies, systems, procedures, and develops and implements necessary and innovative changes.
Exhibits excellence in customer service through appropriate attitude and interaction with all patients, visitors and staff.
Adheres to and supports team members in exhibiting TMCH values of integrity, community, compassion, and dedication.
Assists with program planning, development, and evaluation.
Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned..
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in nursing.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of nursing or case management experience.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in state of Arizona. Some departments may also require current CPR instructor certification, Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) certification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of direct patient care and critical care procedures and techniques, tools, and responses required to ensure optimal patient care.
Skill in communicating in a clear and concise manner with staff involved in critical care, and physicians to ensure the proper care of patients.
Skill in evaluating cases and determining appropriate care and status.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints from employees, patients and/or their representatives, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs and apply basic algebraic concepts.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
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