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Staff Nurse - Central Testing

The staff nurse is a Registered Professional Nurse who, under the immediate supervision of the Charge Nurse, is responsible for the safety of the patient while in the preoperative and recovery and assists with the supervision of nonprofessional personnel in the area. By assessment of the individual patient and procedure, he/she anticipates the needs of the surgical team and provides such services while maintaining an aseptic and safe environment.

 JOB DUTIES

  • Obtains and reviews One Medical Passports submitted by patients.
  • Performs patient phone calls to provide appropriate pre-operative instructions.
  • Documents information in patient chart as appropriate.
  • Performs preoperative patient phone calls to conduct preadmission assessments and provides appropriate pre-operative instructions. (if OMP is not obtainable)
  • Documents information in patient chart as appropriate.
  • Obtains pertinent patient records prior to patient’s arrival for preoperative testing. Is knowledgeable of patient admission criteria.
  • Compiles patient chart to ensure that all required documentation is immediately available (consents, orders, H/P, diagnostic studies, etc.).
  • Reports test abnormalities in pre-op assessment, diagnostic studies, and any other pertinent information to surgeon, anesthesiologist, operating room staff, and other pre-operative area staff as necessary.
  • Appropriately handles the disposal of bio-hazardous materials.
  • Understands and performs proper technique of equipment in assigned work area.
  • Adheres to ASC procedures, policies, and standards.
  • Maintains area of Special Assignments.
  • Responsible for training new employees. 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

 QUALIFICATIONS

Education: LPN or RN graduate of an accredited school. ACLS and BLS certification required.  If not ACLS certified when hired, will obtain within three months of hire. This position requires involvement in preparation of State and AAAHC Surveys.  
 

Work Experience:

  • Previous Central Testing experience preferred
  • Ambulatory surgery center experience preferred Orthopaedic surgery preferred

Licensing and/or Certifications:

Active Georgia RN or LPN Nursing License

American Heart Association's Certification - BLS Certified 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Required Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Patients rights.
  • Knowledge of surgery center policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of surgery center fire and safety regulations, electrical hazards, disaster plans and infection control policies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Informed Consent Laws.
  • Knowledge and experience in the preoperative and postoperative care of the surgical patient.
  • Knowledge of specialized equipment used in the surgery center.
  • Knowledge of anesthetic agents and their usage and effect on the surgical patient. 
  • Basic computer knowledge.

JOB DEMANDS

Lengthy periods of standing. Move gurneys, carts, equipment. Assist with the positioning of surgical patients for surgery. Carry and lift instrument sets (trays) and various items of equipment. Exposure to anesthetic gases, hazardous chemicals, blood and body fluids, sharps, and hospital-grade cleaning solutions. For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position without compromising client care.

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