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Title:   Pre-Op/PACU Nurse
11 / 26 / 2007
Los Angeles
The Center for Ambulatory Surgical
Full time

United Surgical Partners International is a company that specializes in the development and operation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities in the U.S. We provide first-class surgical services for local communities and recognize our employees are our number one assets.

Job Summary:
Provides direct nursing care to patients by performing the following duties.  Specific functions can vary depending on area to which employee is assigned (i.e., pain management, pre-operative, pre-assessment, post anesthesia recovery and/or step-down recovery units).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:include the following.   Other duties may be assigned.
  • Prepares patients for surgery by providing pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
  • Administers to the assessment of physical, pain and emotional needs of patients and considers same for their families as appropriate.
  • Understands and interprets physician's orders; reviews lab values, EKG's and x-ray reports.  Checks the accuracy of admission paperwork (history, consents, instructions, etc.).  Assessment and documentation of patients’ medical histories, including allergies and other assessment parameters, per policy.
  • Provides prescribed medications and other pharmaceutical products in accordance with physician's orders.  Understands and interprets medication dosages, contraindications and side effects.
  • Initiates safe practices and is knowledgeable about current center policies and procedures.  Specific procedures and practices related to pain management assessment and identification, abuse and neglect, sentinel events and response, variance reporting, response to sentinel event alerts, participation in root cause analysis and other key policies and procedures is required.
  • Ensures that Standard Universal Precautions and the principles of aseptic and sterile technique are used appropriately.
  • Implements safe practices and provides knowledgeable guidance and evaluation of the environment of care management including life safety (fire prevention), security, hazardous materials and waste management, emergency preparedness, infection control, and the safe use of medical equipment and utilities.
  • Provides assessment of physical, mental, pain and psychosocial health status of the infant (6 mths or older), child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations.
  • Participates in patient/family discharge teaching for the surgery center’s patient population and their families. 
  • Assesses and evaluates patient condition pre and post operatively and communicates to physician and anesthesia personnel any changes in patient status.
    • Accurately documents patient care and supplies provided to the patient.

    Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential job functions.
    Education and/or Experience: Nursing degree from a fully accredited school of nursing; license to perform as a registered nurse in the State of California; two years related experience and/or training in ASC industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Skills and knowledge necessary to provide care to patients of all stages of growth and development. CPR certification and ACLS required.

    Language Skills:Ability to read and interpret documents such as physician orders and review results of the diagnostic tests, safety rules, operating and technical instructions and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports (using accepted nursing abbreviations, etc., and correspondence via paper, computer or electronic media. Participation in the Center’s EDGE program.
    Reasoning Ability:Ability to apply common sense understanding in carrying out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.  Interpretation of nursing diagnosis and applicable practice for peri-operative nursing care.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations and in times of crisis.

    Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions transferring patients to their means of travel (taxi, car, etc.) and is occasionally exposed to chemical fumes or airborne particles.  There is a risk of electrical shock, exposure to radiation and occasional exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Infection Control Risk of Level III.
    Comments:  Decision-making is limited to the scope of the job; however, decisions made have direct impacts on the medical staff, patients, families, center staff and visitors.
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