Morrison Community Hospital
303 North Jackson Street
Morrison IL 61270
Department: Operating Room
Job Title: Registered Nurse
Reports To: OR Manager
Job Type: PRN
Varied - PRN
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Surgical Services, the Pre-Admission Nurse performs a verbal assessment with the patient prior to admission via a phone interview as well as collects the patient’s medical history from previous medical records. The nurse also works closely with the anesthesia department in coordinating the patient’s needs.
- Practice appropriate telephone and patient triage skills, being aware of the need to balance quality care with efficient use of time and resources.
- Perform verbal assessment with patient prior to admission – in person or via telephone, communicating information to appropriate team members.
- Ensure pre-operative care requirements of patients are accomplished through use of the nursing process including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Perform patient teaching/education as established by the department.
- Assess pertinent information, plan, implement, and document interventions and evaluate results.
- Maintain and promote patient’s safety by assessing physical and psychological needs.
- Respond to telephone inquiries regarding expressed needs of the caller.
- Perform outbound follow-up calls as requested.
- Provide general health information.
- Refer caller to appropriate resources including medical/ambulatory care, hospital services, and community services.
- Thoroughly document all call encounters utilizing manual and/or on-line information systems at the time of the call.
- Alert anesthesia of results of labs, physical assessment, or special needs of individual with medical problems – prior to date of surgery.
- Use effective communication techniques which adhere to common standards of courtesy.
- Answer inquiries in a timely and helpful manner.
- Communicate arrival time and NPO instructions to patients as prescribed.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the center’s policies, protocols and safety plans. Contribute to the goals of the center and support the Center’s philosophies.
- Demonstrate flexibility in performance of patient care tasks to achieve timely, responsive, cost effective and high quality care. Demonstrates flexibility in performance to achieve the center’s goals.
- Accept responsibility for own professional growth and continued education.
- Demonstrate high quality customer service to our patients, their families, physicians and each other.
- Respect the confidentiality of the patient.
- Document and report incidents according to procedure.
- Communicate effectively, conscientiously and frequently with all team members to share information and independently solve problems in a positive, results oriented manner.
- Coordinate and promote continuity of patient care through clear communication and harmonious working relationships.
- Knowledgeable in surgical procedures, medications, anesthesia techniques and ambulatory surgery to answer patient questions and give appropriate pre-operative instructions.
- Provide pre-operative instructions and emotional support to patient, family and significant other.
- Communication appropriate information to surgeons and anesthesiologists concerning patient care.
- Communicate special physician’s orders.
- Complete patient charting in an accurate, concise, and timely manner.
- Demonstrate ability to prioritize patient needs.
- Maintain a quiet, safe environment.
- Utilize material, equipment and time in a safe, therapeutic and cost efficient manner.
- Maintain and apply the scientific knowledge relevant to the care requirements of the patient with consideration of age specific and developmental needs.
- Attend staff meetings, educational and safety programs.
- Demonstrate organizational skills to facilitate a smooth flow of the workload.
- Practice flexibility in scheduling to provide adequate staff coverage on unit.
- Participate in quality improvement activities as requested.
- Assume all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Demonstrates and actively promotes and understanding and commitment of the mission of Morrison Community Hospital.
- Active registration for Registered Nurse – Board of Nursing, State of Illinois.
- Minimum of 2 years experience in O.R., PACU, Ambulatory Surgery, or ICU setting.
- Must be BLS, PALS and ACLS certified.
- Knowledge of Standard Precautions for exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens.
- Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Must be capable of problem solving, critical thinking, and assessment of patient conditions.
- Must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills in a Windows environment.
- Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment.
- Must possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring.