ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY
*** SIGN-ON BONUS *** $15,000
** (Work 72 hours and get paid for 80 hours)
* Hourly Rate: $33 to $52
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Clinical provides professional nursing care for acutely and critically ill patients in accordance with physician orders and established policies procedures, and philosophy. The ICU clinical nurse provides nursing services in a highly technical and ongoing monitoring environment. The ICU nurse provides nursing care to the patient, family and significant others accordance with the scope of a Registered Nurse (RN) as defined by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
ICU nurse provides direct and individualized nursing care to acutely and critically ill patients based on the application of scientific and evidenced based nursing principles. Model exemplary interpersonal communication, leadership, critical thinking and decision-making. In addition to general nursing care, responsibilities of the ICU clinical nurse include:
- Responsible for providing direct observation of patients as directed by the nursing plan of care and under the supervision of the nursing staff and/or nursing department supervisor. Responsible for assisting nursing staff to create, maintain and provide a safe environment.
- Developing individualized patient care plans and participates in patient care planning which involves the assessment and evaluation of patients needs, periodic evaluation of plans to ensure that intended results are being achieved.
- Interviewing patients and family members; consults and coordinates with providers and other members of the health care team to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care plans carries out treatments and procedures per scope of practice. Provides counseling and education to patients and families or surrogates on preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures related to their health care needs. Serve as patient advocate by supporting the basic rights, values, and beliefs of the patient.
- Maintaining health records by documenting observations, nursing interventions and therapeutic measures administered in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner, in the appropriate format and appropriate forms.
- Maintaining a high level of expertise in critical care and proficiency in changing techniques and standards of practice in critical care nursing through continuing education, staff meetings, workshops and serving on nursing committees. Will attain knowledge and complete hospital accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements. Participate in the identification of clinical or operational performance improvement (PI) opportunities and in PI activities.
- Recognizing adverse signs and symptoms, which are not always apparent, and to respond promptly in emergency situations including the implementation of life saving procedures.
- Participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards of care, Quality Assurance, and Infection Control activities. Contribute to positive working relationships within the ICU team and other departments in the hospital.
- Monitoring and initiating corrective action to maintain the environment of care including equipment and material resources. Monitors and adjusts specialized equipment used on patients, and interprets and records electronic displays, such as pulmonary artey pressures, and cardiac rhythms from cardiac monitors, ventilators, etc.
- Delegating tasks and supervising the activities of other licensed and unlicensed care providers as appropriate in accordance with licensure standards. Accepts responsibility, delegated by the Supervisory Clinical Nurse or designee, when assigned as team leader, providing guidance, direction and training to ancillary nursing and other personnel. Serve as charge nurse for a group of patients or an entire unit when assigned. Will float to other units as needed.
- Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role.
- Ensure proper PPE is always worn while on duty including but not limited to, face mask, gloves, gown, isolation gown, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher, if available), and eye or face shield.
- Complete all donning and doffing tasks in a safe acceptable method and discard of used PPE accordingly. (see CDC website for most current updates).
- Complete task training for all routine cleaning and decontamination processes for all surfaces contaminated by a communicable disease to ensure a high level of patient, visitor, employee, and external customer satisfaction.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work requires prolonged periods of standing; walking; talking or hearing; sitting watching, observing, concentrating on computer monitors and equipment; use of hands to finger, handle, feel; bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching; reaching with hands and arms; and, taste or smell. Agility and the ability to lift, pull and bend are required to move patients to and from beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, et cetera, and in moving equipment and medical supplies. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs frequently through entire shift. Most be able to move, pull/push, lift, maneuver more than 100 lbs. when caring for patients and must be able to use proper body mechanics and lifting equipment when available. Must be able to discern when working with over a hundred pounds when, how, and who to ask for assistance to protect and prevent self-injury. Must have the ability to hear and recognize alarms on equipment; client calls; instructions from physicians/department staff; and, hear overhead pages through loudspeaker. This position requires vision required to see close; distant; colored; peripheral; and depth perception. Must be able to adjust visual focus as needed. to ask for assistance. This position requires the ability to perform repetitive motion actions in both hands including prolonged grasping of simple/light action; intermittent grasping of firm/heavy action; and prolonged ability of fine dexterity.
Contacts often require tact and sensitivity as those related to stressful situation such as death, dying, and catastrophic illnesses. Must be able to prioritize and use good judgment. Must be able to coordinate a variety of issues while being frequently interrupted. Must be able to work with the attitude of team building with other staff; collaborate with multiple departments and job positions. Must be willing to assist when able and as needed with other team players.
Will be working occasionally around fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and, risk of electric shock. Typical environmental noise level is moderate. As with any area of a Health care setting, must be able to work around and with infectious diseases.