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Medical University of South Carolina MUSCP - RN VIR- Health East in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Entity/Organization: MUSC Physicians (MUSCP) (http://www.muschealth.org/muscppublic)

Hours per week: 40

Scheduled Work Hours/Shift: Primary schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm; night and weekend on call as needed

Pay Basis/FLSA: Hourly/Non-Exempt

Job Summary/Purpose : The RN will operate within the nursing scope of practice to provide high quality care for a broad patient population. The RN will work to ensure the patient and family members understand the procedure & plan of care; assist in procedure room preparation; maintain sterile technique; administer conscious sedation and other drugs as needed; monitor patient patterns & vital signs throughout the procedure; oversee the safety & comfort of patients before during and after procedures. The RN will be expected to apply working knowledge and experience in high volume procedural environments, at both the MUSC Physicians site located at MUSC Health East and the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) site located Downtown as needed.

Required Minimum Training and Education: Current RN license with a minimum of 1 year of work experience as a registered nurse with critical care (ICU/ER/Procedural experience) required. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Required Licensure, Certifications, Registrations: Current South Carolina RN License. Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) required, either a certification from an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers (or AHA recognized equivalent) or an American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages comprehensive nursing care for patients in the procedural area whose needs range from uncomplicated to complex and rapidly changing

  • Based on holistic assessment, identifies relevant aspects of the situation and determines the appropriate course of action to move patient toward the expected outcome(s).

  • Assesses subtle changes in patient status; anticipates problems before they occur and implements measures to minimize risk.

  • Organizes and prioritizes nursing care activities considering the needs of the patients and other staff members.

  • Provides leadership to develop, analyze, integrate complex data, and update individualized plan of care.

  • Utilizes the nursing process to facilitate the individualized plan of care using time and resources efficiently, and assumes accountability for plan’s effectiveness. Coordinates care with the interdisciplinary members consistent with roles and responsibilities.

  • Uses professional judgment to appropriately delegate.

  • Perform interventions as appropriate during the VIR procedure, which are based on individualized needs according to patient's status, procedure-specific protocols/practices, and collaboration with the VIR team members.

  • Demonstrates a caring, compassionate approach to patient/family, functioning as a patient/family advocate.

  • Safely performs technical skills in area of practice. Demonstrates practice based on knowledge of hospital policies, procedures, nursing standards, and legal issues in areas of specialty.

  • Coordinates and manages care by applying analytical reasoning, reflection, rational problem-solving skills, using evidence-based information and clinical judgment.

  • Participates in shared decision making and problem solving to promote effective collaboration with interdisciplinary partners.

  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge and understanding of the procedural area RN role.

  • Accurately documents all events in the procedural event log and sedation narrator; documentation is complete and appropriate.

  • Performs appropriate pre-procedure and post-procedure Time Outs for each patient in the procedure area.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of protocols, policies, and procedures for routine and emergent cases.

  • Demonstrates appropriate balance for procedural area nursing based upon safe practices and efficient practices.

  • Assumes personal responsibility for quality patient care, environment and professional development.

  • Identifies own learning needs and seeks out resources to meet those needs.

  • Shares knowledge with others to improve patient care and to contribute to overall unit functions.

  • Assist in the orientation of new staff members and students.

  • Develops objectives for self and evaluates own practice through discussion with appropriate others and through self-evaluation.

  • Demonstrates the insight and self-awareness necessary to recognize own impact on others and to change behavior accordingly. Able to accept constructive feedback and use it to improve performance.

  • Demonstrates effective use of computer-based information for decision support, continuous quality improvement and professional development.

  • Actively and effectively assumes leadership role in unit.

  • Demonstrates high standards of patient care and is a role model for others.

  • Delegates appropriately to others.

  • Communicates effectively orally and in writing.

  • Promotes teamwork by facilitating positive group relationships.

  • Demonstrates a spirit of service and cooperation in responding to needs of patients and co-workers, including ability to deal with stressful situations in a mature, positive manner.

  • Contributes to unit development by supporting change and offering suggestions; actions and decisions reflect an awareness of unit budget.

  • Demonstrates a professional commitment to patients and staff by adhering to unit procedures, rules, and policies, assumes Charge Nurse responsibilities as assigned and by negotiating one’s time schedule and assignments in response to patient and unit needs.

  • Follows through on meeting patient needs and requests and addresses problems and systems issues in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrates fiscal accountability for one’s own practice while providing quality care.

  • Facilitates a positive learning environment for student(s) and provides individualized teaching instructions (as appropriate and applicable in this area).

  • Participates in Performance Improvement/research activities designed to improve patient care, and/or organizational processes.

  • Demonstrates an awareness of current trends and issues in area of specialty through discussion or application in practice.

  • Actively participates in unit Performance Improvement.

  • Demonstrates spirit of inquiry through ongoing and systematic evaluation of care given to patients.

  • Participates in research studies available.

  • Collects data for evaluation to improve care

Physical Requirements: Continuous requirements are to perform job functions while standing, walking and sitting. Ability to bend at the waist, kneel, climb stairs, reach in all directions, fully use both hands and legs, possess good finger dexterity, perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders, reach in all directions. Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and as required. Maintain 20/40 vision corrected, see and recognize objects close at hand and at a distance, work in a latex safe environment and work indoors. Frequently lift, lower, push and pull and/or carry objects weighing 50 lbs (+/-) unassisted, exert up to 50 lbs of force, lift from 36” to overhead 25 lbs. Infrequently work in dusty areas and confined/cramped spaces.

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