The Cardiology Prep/Recovery Nurse is responsible for intervention, evaluation, and treatment of individuals within the periprocedural timeframe. Additionally, the patient plan of care, goals and teaching are extended to family and significant others. The Prep/Recovery Nurse is responsible and accountable for maintaining personal, professional and unit development. Major duties include but are not limited to; Uses the nursing process to assess, plan, implement care and evaluate patients. Provides patient/family education needed for a procedure, including education on the procedure to be performed, pre-procedure instructions for prep and post procedural care. Collaborates with the Interventional team to ensure the correct procedure is scheduled and any special considerations or equipment is needed. Performs pre- and post-procedure assessments. Places IV's, draws labs, educates patient to prepare them for their procedure, which may include cath, arrhythmia, TEE, cardioversion and other procedures as needed. Initiates interdisciplinary referrals and/or consultations with Anesthesia, Advanced Practice providers, Fellows and cath lab staff as appropriate to achieve the best plan of care. Functions timely and independently once an order is received by a treating physician. Understands and exhibits knowledge of medications frequently ordered and administered to the post-procedural patient. Triages all incoming Cardiology consults for cath, PCI, and clinic as needed for coverage. Manages alerts in CPRS daily. Assists in ensuring encounters are completed within 7 days of the encounter to ensure accurate workload is documented. Experience in managing Advanced Airways. Experienced with Central Lines and familiar with Mechanical Ventilation. Proficient at Cardiac and Hemodynamic Monitoring. Provides post-op care teaching to patients and their significant others in a manner that is clear and easily understood. Performs post procedural follow-up calls to patients to assess for complications and improve patient experience. Determines readiness for discharge to home or inpatient unit based on approved discharge criteria and/or Provider Order. Notifies Anesthesia Providers and Cardiologists when patient conditions warrant a change in patient status and resultant disposition. Proactive in identifying potential crisis situations and capable to respond appropriately in emergency/code situations using ACLS skills. Documents in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and other clinical computer programs for seeking data charting clinical and patient data per VA policy. Follows expectations outlined in all applicable VA Policy including, but not limited to, Procedure, Memoranda, Education Initiatives, Quality Improvement and Standards of Practice (SOP). Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 hour rotating shifts between 7 am and 5 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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