Shifts will typically be 12 hours. Staff is required to rotate days/nights (every 3 months) with occasional overtime.
The ER Nurse will provides emergency nursing care for emergent (Level 1), urgent (Level 2), non-urgent (Level 3, 4, 5) patients coming to the Emergency Department.
The ER Nurse assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates nursing care for all patients including newborns, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly; disabled to include visually and hearing impaired; and individuals of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds to include those who do not speak or understand English.
He/She must have knowledge of a variety of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment, the desired effects, side effects, and complications of their use as well as the accurate administration of the pharmacologic agent, including dosage calculations as required.
Knowledge of the administrative requirements for proper documentation of patients condition including disease progress, acknowledgement of teaching, and follow up care. The ER Nurse assumes full responsibility for assigned patients and ancillary personnel.
Delegates tasks, directs emergency room technicians, specialty technicians, and provides counseling, guidance, and patient education.
Recognizes medical emergencies and responds appropriately. Initiates CPR if required. The ER Nurse assists medical team in administering advanced cardiac life support measures when necessary.
Participates in the orientation, training, and evaluation of duty performance of newly assigned personnel, as appropriate.
Has ability to synthesize data from a variety of sources and make appropriate clinical decisions.
Accountable for making patient care assignments based on the scope of practice and skill level utilizing the nursing process as a basis for professional practice.
Ensure all equipment is properly cleaned and stored at the end of each work shift. Ensure preventive maintenance and routine cleaning are performed as directed.
Also ensures compliance with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility.
Provides care within ethical and legal boundaries.
Will be oriented/trained on the use of all equipment available for patient care.
Skill in setting up, operating and monitoring specialized medical equipment such as IV infusion pumps, cardiac monitoring devices, EKG units, oxygen analyzers, nebulizers, and other unit specific equipment.
ER Nurse will ensure a safe work environment, employee safe work habits and patient safety IAW regulatory agencies, infection control policies, and process improvement initiatives.
Establishes and maintains good interpersonal relationships with co-workers, families, peers, and other health team members.
Excellent patient assessment skills and encourages team building and enhances work knowledge by cross-training/augmenting other units as appropriate.
May serve as the charge nurse of the day, as appropriate.
The ER Nurse must possess excellent written communication skills to perform accurate documentation, both written and electronic, of all activity in accordance with requirements and be able to update Computer Health Care System (CHCS), Preventive Health Assessment Individual Medical Record (PIMR) and Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (ALTHA).