REGISTERED NURSE- INFUSION SERVICES-INTERMITTENT

Job Locations US-AK-Sitka
Job ID
2020-4536
Category
NURSING
Type
Intermittent

About Us:

 

 

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

 

Job Overview:

The Registered Nurse for Infusion Services provides comprehensive nursing care to Infusion patients of Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center as well as nursing care directed toward patients, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.

 

In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following: 

  • Support and maintain SEARHC’s commitment with all patients, visitors, outside entities, and each other.
  • Uphold all principles of confidentiality and patient care to the fullest extent.
  • Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards of the healthcare industry.
  • Participate in departmental staff meetings, quality management activities and educational programs.
  • Comply with SEARHC Hospital policies and procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates and oversees infusion patient referrals of tests and treatments to other offices or specialties for continuation of care while maintaining, reviewing and documenting pertinent information in the patient’s chart.
  • Coordinates and oversees appointment scheduling for infusion patients.
  • Posts patient test and examination results, communicating with provider and infusion patients to complete circle of care.
  • Observes and reports infusion patient’s condition and reaction to drugs, treatments, immunizations and procedures to providers, recording all pertinent information in the patient’s chart.
  • Assists with supervision of clinic staff, providing direction, guidance and referral as necessary for optimal daily infusion patient care flow and utilization of resources.
  • Participates in staff development activities to maintain current professional knowledge and licensure.
  • Assesses and prepares the needs of each infusion patient.
  • Ensure prior authorization is initiated as needed per the patient referral for infusion services.
  • Administer specialty IV fluids via peripherally or centrally placed catheters, using infusion order sets as prescribed by patient’s specialist and/or primary care provider.
  • Maintain CVC, PICC, or other IV access devices per INS/ONS and facility guidelines.
  • Identify, assess, and diagnose problems through patient assessment and interactions; evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.
  • Prepares for infusion patients prior to administration (i.e. reviews orders, effectively communicate with physician, oncologist, and pharmacy)
  • Develops and participates in educating patients and their families about post-discharge care programs.
  • Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to review the plan of care of the patient’s condition warrants.
  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.
  • Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.
  • Keeps current on advances in oncology nursing care by participating in education programs.
  • Oversees direct patient care in accordance with established nursing protocol and physician orders.
  • Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control and safety precaution, and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.
  • Provides safe, effective, appropriate, and comprehensive infusion services to infusion patients as well as provides education and follow-up care after patients have been released from infusion therapy.

Qualifications:

Education

  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing
  • Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing is preferred

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years professional nursing experience
  • Experience in Infusion Services preferred

License/Certification

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Alaska.
  • Current AHA BLS and  ACLS certification required .
  • Current ONS certifications, membership in INS preferred or able to obtain

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and ability to use nursing information to develop an individualized nursing care plan.
  • Knowledge of regulatory agencies documentation requirement and ability to accurately and completely document clinical data.
  • Knowledge of a variety of nursing specifications related to specialties including, but not limited to: prenatal, postpartum, pediatrics, internal medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, mental health, geriatrics and palliative medicine. This includes age specific aspects of nursing care.
  • Knowledge of disease processes in order to recognize their effects, side effects and complications. This includes knowledge of the appropriate therapeutic nursing intervention along with the ability to perform complex nursing care based on the specific needs of the patient.
  • Knowledge of the pharmacology of various medications (both legal and illegal substances), their therapeutic effects, side effects and adverse reactions, oxygen therapy and airway management.

Skills:

  • Skill in operating, maintaining and caring for specialized medical devices and equipment used, including but not limited to: cardiac, cardio vascular access devices, central lines, phlebotomy.
  • Skills in effective communication, both verbally and in writing.
  • Effective leadership skills, in a healthcare environment.

Abilities:

  • Ability to independently operate IV infusion pumps, cardiac monitors, non-invasive blood pressure machines, AED computers and computer based systems, utilize electronic health record, and electronic medication inventory system.
  • Ability to manage high patient volumes and manage multiple patients at one time.
  • Ability to use critical thinking skills, function independently and make decisions based on standards
  • Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms which are not always apparent and to react promptly in emergency situations, including the implementation of life saving procedures.
  • Ability to provide good customer service with a patient-centered approach.
  • Ability to perform other duties as assigned.

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