Cardiovascular Institute of the South is a dynamic and growing organization, and we are looking for talented, motivated individuals to join our world-class team. Our mission at CIS is to provide our patients with the highest-quality cardiovascular care in the most professional and efficient manner possible. Our members play an integral role in upholding this mission. By putting these principles into action, we createapositive work environment that fosters our standards of behavior, as well as employee satisfaction. With a dedicated staff of more than 700 team members, CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the most advanced, compassionate care in all of our communities.
Nature of Duties:
Under the supervision and guidance of physicians, the PET registered nurse assists in planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating care by providing holistic and professional care to their clients.
The PET registered nurse assists in providing healthcare to patients in accordance with his/her knowledge base, experience, competence, and within the scope of practice defined by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and/or specific hospital policies.
Direct Patient Care Items
- Nuclear PET stress tests are to be initiated, monitored, reported and completed by the PET- RN with the support of the PET Nuclear Technologist.
- Skills Necessary:
- IV management ? including vein selection, initiation of IV with venipuncture using aseptic technique, and removal of IV catheter achieving hemostasis.
- EKG preparation, recording and preliminary interpretation of the EKG and communicating abnormalities to provider
- Ability to understand and interpret EKG?s/rhythm pattern
- Monitor and document vital signs
- Treat adverse effects of stress agent
- Good social skills and time management
- Notify patients of procedure and diet limitations as well as pharmaceutical limitations 24-48 hours prior to testing.
- Be available for all other RN clinic roles when necessary or during PET down time.
- Utilize the nursing process to assess the patient?s physical, psychological, emotional, rehabilitative and social needs and convey those needs to appropriate health team members.
- Participate as a member of a holistic health care team to achieve a goal of maximum wellness by offering or conveying suggestions to the physician concerning the plan of care.
- Assist team members in giving care to patients or administer direct care when professional nursing skills and judgments are needed.
- Assist physicians with special tests and procedures as needed under his supervision and/or direction.
- Interpret, implement, and assist others in implementing physician orders accurately. Clarify and consult with the physician regularly and as needed.
- Assist with or institute emergency measures, within the legal realm, for sudden adverse developments in patient?s condition.
- Monitor results of therapeutic tests and procedures in accordance with patient?s clinical diagnosis, report findings to physicians and institute appropriate nursing instructions.
- Administer prescribed medications and treatments with proper technique and with professional knowledge.
- Complete all necessary and required documentation for each patient encounter.
- Complete medical records generated in a timely and accurate manner.
- Create accurate and complete electronic documentation such as treadmill reports and history and physical documentation into the electronic medical record (EMR) or electronic health record, as required, and enter electronic messages to other departments to assist with patient flow and document patient wait times.
Communication & Coordination of Patient Care
- Monitor results of therapeutic tests and procedures in accordance with patient?s clinical diagnosis, report findings to physicians, and institute appropriate nursing instructions.
- Act as a liaison between the patient, family physician, nursing staff, ancillary personnel, social services, administrative and clerical personnel to assure optimum patient care.
- Respect the patient by conveying his wishes concerning medical therapies advance directives, and the use of extraordinary care to the family or physician.
- Respect the patient?s religious wishes both in medical treatment and at the time of death by making these wishes known to family and physicians.
- Utilize the nursing process to assess the patient?s physical, psychological, emotional rehabilitative and social needs and convey those needs to appropriate health team members.
- Identify teaching needs of patients and provide them with information or appropriate resources.
- Act as patient advocate.
- Function in a general leadership position in the clinic setting over all office ancillary staff and be a reliable medical resource.
- Perform patient and family teaching in all settings when required.
- Maintain current proficiency and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced cardiac life support.
- Participate in continuing education to improve quality of care provided and assure competency.
- Accept responsibility for actions performed.
- Attend monthly team meetings and committee meetings as needed.
- Participates in quality and performance improvements activities.
- Participate in orientation of new team members and foster a learning environment when mentoring and providing preceptorship.
- Perform community and lay public presentations representing CIS for the purposes of primary prevention and community education.
- Provide care based upon current standards of practice and clinical guidelines/protocols.
- Utilizes principles of ethical decision-making, patient advocacy, and risk/benefit factors assessment in determining the best plan of care.
Other Duties & Responsibilities
- Performs other related duties as assigned and serves in whatever other capacity deemed necessary for successful completion of the mission and goals of CIS and in concordance with its patient philosophy.
- Assist in CIS staff education efforts by supporting and/or providing staff education and training.
- Support and participate in the World Class Patient Care Program efforts.
- Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing
- Current licensure with the Louisiana or Mississippi State Board of Registered Nurses
- Advance Cardiac Life Support Certification
- Basic Life Support Certification
- Successful completion of assigned EKG Courses within 12 months
- Effective Communication Skills
- Advanced certification in field of Cardiology/Cardiovascular nursing
- Two years critical care experience
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
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