POSITION SUMMARY:

The Surgery Nurse coordinates and ensures that the patient care is provided in a holistic manner. Demonstrate professional maturity and strives to maintain and improve the department standards.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Understands and follows hospital and department guidelines.

2. Makes assessment and identifies patients’ needs according to hospital policy. Uses clinical judgment when providing care and/or setting patient care goals. Creates a plan of action to meet those goals. Incorporates the physical, social and psychological needs in the process.

3. Identifies patient discharges planning needs and relays information to the appropriate department.

4. Administers medication and performs treatments according to hospital guidelines.

5. Reports patient clinical observation and medical outcome to pertinent person (i.e., physician’s department director, etc.). Documents observations timely, accurately and legibly in the medical record of the patient.

6. Delegates and follows up on aspect of patient care assigned to other disciplines (i.e., orderlies, technician’s clinical staff and others according to personnel capabilities, qualifications, hospital policy, and licensure or state regulatory guidelines.

7. Assists and works cooperatively with other hospital staff members as needed.

8. Coordinates with other disciplines to streamline and provide smooth patient care.

9. Provides patient and family education based on assessed needs.

10. Follows established documentation protocol.

11. Participates in the orientation of new personnel.

12. Attends to units/hospital and/or department required in-services or meetings according to policy.

13. Participates in unit/hospital QI activities as requested.

14. Provides sound management of supplies.

15. Assists in maintaining a clean and safe environment. Reports deviation to proper person.

16. Follows infection control and hospital safety guidelines.

17. Demonstrates competency in using hospital and patient care equipment.

18. Occasionally may require overtime.

19. Performs other assigned duties as required.

QUALIFICATION:

Education:

Graduate from an accredited school of nursing.

Current State of Florida nursing license required.

Current CPR certification required.

Current ACLS certification required

Supervisory Experience and Training

Successful past experience in the clinical setting with a minimum of two years in operating room and recovery room nursing management.

Job Knowledge

Comprehensive knowledge of general nursing and surgical nursing theory and practice, supply, processing and distribution systems and procedures; new developments in nursing application and personnel administration.