Winona Health 2099BR - RN - Operating Room in Winona, Minnesota

Position Overview: The Registered Nurse (RN) is a health care professional who is skilled in all aspects of the nursing process. S/he is adaptable to the myriad of needs of the individual and family during health and illness. The RN is responsible and accountable for the delivery of individualized nursing care to patients having surgical interventions and for the direction of staff members assigned to him/her. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Essential Duties & Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The RN has an advanced understanding of the Nursing Practice Process including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the surgical patient which s/he uses while providing direct care including physical, psychological, social, spiritual and educational needs of the patient and family. Modifies the care plan based on the needs of the patient, consults with the medical staff about changes in the patient s condition and documents all pertinent data in the electronic medical record. Acts as a resource to other team members. Keeps updated on current surgical nursing practice, medications and legal issues. Follows standards set by the Association of Peri-operative Nurses (AORN). Conforms to the Nurse Practice Act. Provides safe and effective care to a myriad of surgical patients taking necessary precautions as warranted. This may include but is not limited to: A. Demonstrates an understanding of surgical procedures B. Applies and monitors aseptic technique throughout the intra-operative period C. Acts as a scrub/circulating nurse during the intra-operative procedure and documents intra-operative care D. Assists Anesthesia staff during the peri-operative period E. Recognizes the patient in crisis and initiates the necessary emergency action and sees situation to resolution F. Performs sponge/ needle/ instrument counts and properly cares for equipment G. Monitors patients with sedation for procedures H. Follows recommended infection control procedures. When acting as Charge: A. Acts as a resource to other staff, assissing patients, problem solving and patient placement. B. Facilitates the assignment and delivery of nursing care. C. Assures adequate staffing for the current day and next day. D. Delegates unit tasks to appropriate staff members and verifies that tasks are completed. E. Assures that all staff are managing time wisely. F. Assigns staff members to a specific function during emergency situations (codes, disasters, etc.) G. Assists staff in accurately interpreting and supporting departmental philosophy, objective, policies, and procedures. H. Keeps Nursing Manager informed in a timely manner regarding occurences/incidents on shift. I. Assures that the time schedules, staffing summaries, and census sheets are maintained with current information. J. Is knowledgeable of changing acuity levels and directs the physician to which patient K. Acts as the triage nurse. L. Provides Education, Inservices, Informs staff of CEU's, Notifies staff of any Lean/Kaizen work to attend. M. Checks, documents, and maintains that the crash cart is stocked. Tests the Accucheck daily. Checks and documents the temperature on the warmers and refrigerators. N. Communicates with physicians and staff any add-on cases or imperative information that may affect the flow of the day. Reports malfunctioning equipment promptly and removes from the patient care area to maintain a safe environment