Extraordinary Experiences. Every Patient. Every Time.
At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, our surgical specialists share a common goal: creating a patient experience dedicated to superior quality, safety, satisfaction and the best possible outcomes. We have Orthopedic attending surgeons who are consistently voted "Top Docs" in Baltimore and who are nationally recognized for their work, and who were among the first in the region to offer robotic-assisted surgeries for total hips and knee replacement.
We specialize in orthopedic sub-specialties including total joint, spine, foot and ankle, sports medicine, and shoulders. As a High Reliability Organization, MedStar Health is committed to the highest levels of quality and safety for its patients and associates and MedStar Union Memorial has a history of leading edge procedures that restore patients to health.
We offer a team-oriented, friendly environment based on collaborative nursing practice with anesthesia and surgeons. Becoming part of our team will allow you professional growth and development as you deliver the best patient experience and the safest, highest quality care in a collaborative environment. If you share our values of Service, Patient First, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork, we invite you to be part of our team.
Eight Hour, Ten Hour, and Twelve Hour Shifts Available!!!
General Summary of Position
As a clinical nurse at MedStar Health you will independently assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursing care of patients from admission through discharge. In collaboration with the patient and family, you will provide theory-based professional nursing care and coordinate care delivery with the physician and other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Adheres to surgical schedule and case turnover consistent with standards. Is ready for first case of the day consistent with OR scheduling policies. Maintains communication with control desk anticipating delays or completion of case.
Anticipates needs of surgical team by correctly assembling needed supplies for each procedure according to physician preference card. Verifies that all equipment is functioning at the beginning of and during the case, recognizing own problem-solving limitations, and seeks assistance as needed. Maintains a sterile field throughout the case by practicing aseptic techniques in accordance with standards of care and infection control guidelines; or anticipates needs of the perioperative patient in the PACU setting.
Communicates patient's clinical information clearly and accurately in verbal and written format. Clearly and accurately documents pertinent information in the patient's medical record. Consistently demonstrates effective documentation practices and develops strategies to ensure complete documentation of patient care.
Completes timely initial and ongoing patient assessments, considering the physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and developmental needs of patients and families. Serves as a resource in planning care for complex patients.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Seeks opportunities to participate in developing, revising standards of practice to meet changing patient population requirements.
Coordinates care of assigned patient(s) preoperatively, intraoperatively, and/or postoperatively. Consistently demonstrates effective leadership behavior.
Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality. Facilitates collaboration among other health team members fostering effective communication with other disciplines.
Delivers nursing care to patients considering the current status of the patient and the plan of care and incorporating the principles of patient centered care.
Evaluates the patient's response to treatment and progress toward identified goals and revises plan of care as appropriate.
In collaboration with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team, systematically develops, revises, and coordinates the patient's plan of care. Formulates nursing diagnosis as necessary. Assists others in developing, revising, and coordinating patient's plan of care.
In coordinating the delivery of patient care, delegates activities to unlicensed staff in accordance with MedStar/facility policies, principles of Patient-Centered Care, and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act. Supervises the performance of the delegated nursing task by the unlicensed staff.
Assists staff in delegation/time management skills. Identifies ways to facilitate working relationships among all levels of staff.
Initiates and monitors discharge planning activities in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Takes the lead in facilitating timely discharge.
Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment of caring for patients and families. Provides basic patient comfort measures.
When necessary, provides environmental support to expedite timely patient admission or transfer. Ensures a safe, supportive environment for staff and medical staff. Identifies and acts upon opportunities to improve the environment of care.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Keywords: OR, CNOR, Operating Room, Circulating Nurse, Scrub Nurse, RN, Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse, Staff Nurse, Perioperative, PACU, Post-anesthesia care unit, critical care, post anesthesia, surgery, recovery room, endoscopy, digestive disease center, hospital
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation.
As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.