Overview This position reports to the O.R Nurse Manager, and is responsible for supervising and coordinating the daily assigned tasks specific to the PCA role during the assigned shift. # Responsibilities Plans, organizes, allocates work and supervises the activities of subordinates to include O.R. room turnover, blood pickup from the blood bank, delivering specimens, retrieving items in CPD as needed, assisting with patient transfers, maintaining stock supplies at par levels, and other tasks as deemed appropriate by the OR nurse manager and in accordance with the PCA job description. In cooperation with other department supervisors, assists in selecting, scheduling, training, evaluating and as necessary, recommending discipline and discharge of subordinates.
Counsels PCA personnel on assigned shifts regarding departmental policies, procedures and standards, aseptic technique, appropriate OR cleaning practices and so forth. Ensures all OR rooms are properly equipped before each scheduled OR case. Confers with OR personnel on necessary equipment.
Ensures all required records and documentation pertaining to shift activities are properly maintained. Initiates and documents requests for purchase of cleaning supplies as necessary. Directs up-keep and maintenance of work area and equipment.
Reports any problems to other shifts as necessary. Confers with departmental management regarding possible improvements or enhancement to departmental operations and procedures. Assists subordinates with work related problems and resolves problems on shift as they occur.
Performs duties of subordinates in response to emergency situations, changes in workload and/or staffing shortages. In collaboration with the OR clinical educator, oversees the ongoing development and coordination of required in-service educational programs pertaining to departmental policies, procedures and standards, aseptic technique, room turnover, equipment handling, patient transport, and so forth. Ensures PCAs on all shifts receive required training and, as necessary, conducts one-on-one training sessions.
Ensures all work areas are maintained in an organized, safe and efficient manner. Supervisory Duties Oversees PCA shifts by providing leadership and direction to PCA personnel.Anticipates daily and next day requirements related to room setup, equipment, and supplies to ensure all needs are met. Assesses status of daily surgical schedule to anticipate workload on all PCA shifts.
Effectively communicates all pertinent information relating to the responsibilities of each shift and collaborates with department supervisors and OR personnel for resolution of issues. Ensures assigned tasks have been properly and promptly completed. In collaboration with the OR clinical educator, evaluates the educational needs of the PCA personnel and promotes continued education with scheduled in-service education.
Prepares shift assignment sheet to ensure that adequate coverage for all areas will be met. Periodically evaluates performance of PCA personnel and provides guidelines for improvement. Performs other similar and related duties as deemed appropriate by the OR nurse manager. # Requirements Work requires knowledge of departmental policies and procedures as well as thorough knowledge of aseptic technique, appropriate OR environmental cleaning practices and other PCA responsibilities generally acquired through one to two years of related work experience.
Interpersonal and supervisory skills are required to plan, organize, and direct the activities of a medium size group of PCA personnel on the day shift and coordinate activities of small size group of PCA personnel on off-shifts.
Excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written. Good communication skills.
Supervisory experience required. High school degree or equivalent. Three to Five years of PCA experience required.
Job involves large amounts of time walking and standing, routine lifting of objects weighing up to 20 lbs. and pushing/ moving heavy equipment.
Routine exposure to caustic materials used in cleaning and disinfection and potential exposure to hazardous and infectious waste. Frequent contact with OR personnel- nurses, surgical techs, and physicians. # #InDeed #Li-KF1 #
Lowell General Hospital