Contributes to the provision of high-quality, cost-effective health care as an integral member of the patient focused care team. Provides assistance to the ED nursing and medical staff and consulting orthopedic physicians for the provision of direct and indirect care for patients requiring emergent orthopedic care. Applies all types of splints under the supervision of an orthopedic and/or ED physician. Assists orthopedic surgeon with the use of the C-arm during setting of extremity fractures.
Responsible for the effective processing of written and verbal information related to patients, coordinating the flow and functioning of the unit, and facilitating communications among all medical staff, hospital staff, patients, and visitors.
Provides direct care to patients and families in a developmentally, culturally, and ethically appropriate manner.
Performs venipuncture and IV therapy, prepares wounds for suture, performs routine dressing and skin care, EKG's, obtains blood, wound and throat cultures, inserts Foley catheters, and documents all procedures and treatments according to departmental policy and procedures. Performs quality control and maintains QC logs.
Transports patients in accordance with established safety policies.
Processes written medical staff orders in accordance with established policy and procedure. Labels blood tubes/lab specimen correctly 100%. Communicates STAT or urgent orders to the care provider.
Maintains adequate levels of supplies and equipment as defined by the unit, department, or initiative. Orders and maintains unit stock according to unit standard. Ensures adequate unit operations with sufficient supplies of necessary paper documents i.e. informed consent, transfer forms, death certificates, and downtime procedure forms in each alcove and unit stock.
Participates in unit shared governance according to departmental standards.
Educates and orients new staff as requested; participates in peer and team evaluations.
Documents all care and treatment provided to patients. Observes, monitors, and reports changes in patients condition, symptoms, reactions, or behavior as appropriate. Recognizes and responds appropriately to emergency situations.
Initiates patient charges for orthopedic traction hardware, C-Arm use and patient care Pyxis supplies.
Assists in the initial evaluation and care of orthopedic patients in the ED. Assists the orthopedic and emergency physicians, PA/NPs with the management of fracture reduction, dislocations, and the application of casts. Applies slings, ace wraps, crutches/canes, immobilizers, plaster, fiberglass and preformed splints and instructs patients in their proper care and use. Assists orthopedic surgeons with fracture reduction.
Provides proactive patient hygiene, comfort measures and assists patients with activities of daily living.
Promptly communicates observations and changes of patients' condition to primary nurse and/or shift coordinator.
Transports medications, as necessary during the usual course of transporting patients within the institution, in keeping with policy and procedure regarding medication security. Ensures that medication is delivered to persons authorized to handle medication according to AAMC policy.
Processes confidential patient information and paper records efficiently and accurately according to established Health Information Management policies. Assists with the assembly of patient records for transfer to other levels of care (internally and externally) and at time of discharge/transfer. Assists with printing transfer information including dictated summaries and diagnostic radiological CDs for external patient facility transfers. Ensures all paper chart elements are transferred to Medical Records within 24 hours.
Answers primary unit telephone and triage calls appropriately. Greets patient families and visitors upon arrival to unit and distributes patient welcome packet or unit information brochure. Provides on-going visitor and staff assistance in a pleasant and helpful manner, according to established standards for all age groups. Seeks other opportunities and takes action to continuously improve patient and family satisfaction.
Assists with accurate documentation of unit specific admission, discharge and transfer sheet, charge entry or shift report as delegated. Ensures patient transfer or discharge from system; processes patient charges as outlined by specific departmental requirements in a timely manner.
Provides leadership team and educator confidential administrative support and data entry by assisting with copying, preparation of departmental reports related to skills and competency, and education records.
Provides required shift communication for patients, physicians, nursing staff and families by administration of informational ???white-boards???, staff assignments and Spectralink phone assignments.
Reports to and consults with unit director for other tasks that may include payroll support, environment of care and fall rounds, safe place and badge management and other duties as assigned.
Greets patients/families on arrival and assures consent process for treatment is completed.
Very heavy work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Required - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Required - Certified Nursing Assistant