This position performs, under the supervision of a physician or advanced practicing to nurse, direction and evaluation of total nursing care on their shift in accordance with established philosophy. The nurse is responsible for orientation and training of triage technicians, relates effectively with other employees for continuity of care, participates in all phases of education, maintenance of record and updating of policies, procedures and competencies. Travel to outlying clinics in Poplar Bluff, Piedmont and Dexter is required 4 days a week with this posiiton. A vehicle will be provided if requested.
Provides and maintains optimal nursing care - Provides and maintains optimal nursing care through planning, organizing and directing the clinic nursing functions.
Accurately and promptly implements physician orders - Accurately and promptly implements physician orders. Accurately prepares and administers medications per physician orders. Initiates physician orders in a timely manner. Correctly dresses wounds, performs suture removals, accu-checks, venipunctures, etc. Accurately performs diagnostic testing and procedures as ordered. Assists physician with other testing as required. Ensures lab reports and other diagnostic results are in the patient record and conveys such items to the physician in a timely manner.
Triages patients and phone messages - Triages patients and phone messages. Escorts patients to exam room, obtains vitals, patient reported pain scales, records current medications and assists in determining medical problems. Prepares electronic or paper medical records for daily schedule, maintains proper documentation. Monitors physicians schedule regarding vacation, follow-up visits, coverage and appointments. Schedules patients for follow-up visits, procedures or diagnostics testing. Call patients back regarding lab/procedure results in a timely manner.
Calls or electronically orders prescriptions - Calls or electronically orders prescriptions to pharmacies, orders to the Medical Center, physician offices or home health agencies. Ensures lab reports and other diagnostic results are in the patient record and conveys such items to the physician in a timely manner.
Supports and enforces infection control policies and procedures - Supports and enforces infection control policies and procedures and assists in maintaining staffs' compliance regulations, policies, and procedures. Follows universal precautions at all times and utilizes personal protective equipment when needed. Correctly prepares exam rooms and instruments for examination, testing and procedures per physician's specifications.
Communicates patients condition and progress, collaborating on the plan of care. - Communicates patients condition and progress, collaborating on the plan of care. Organized and prepared when seeking physician input via phone or in person, i.e. chart available, questions organized, etc. Seeks guidance and uses proper discretion when notifying physicians for patient condition change. Issues educational material and assists patients with education and instruction.
Stocks supplies, inventories medications - Stocks supplies, inventories medications and assists with requesting stock orders.