Provides direct and indirect patient care in the emergency care setting. Provides care that reflects initiative, flexibility and responsibility indicative of professional expectation with a minimum of supervision for the patient requesting a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and subsequent exam. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs and anticipates the needs of the patient undergoing SANE examination. Communicates with Emergency Department physicians about changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Successfully completes both SANE/A and SANE/P training and orientation prior to accepting an independent role with either of that population as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients and the general patient population.
Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition in regard to medication administration within the sexual assault population.
Follows the five (5) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
Prepares, hangs, monitors and discontinues IV fluids.
Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes in regard to documentation within the sexual assault population.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and family. Functions as liaison between law enforcement, patient advocacy, physicians and other healthcare providers.
Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate.
Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with hospital standards.
Ensures an adequate stock of supplies and proper functioning of equipment.
Cooperates with other personnel to achieve departmental objectives, maintain good employee relations and interdepartmental objectives.
Demonstrates the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the Emergency Department during the care of the sexual assault patient.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Participates in performance improvement activities.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, inservice meetings and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ a...nd ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
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