Cardiac Rehab RN
- - Cardiopulmonary Rehab
- Sidney, OH, USA
Performs the evaluation of cardiopulmonary function, the treatment of cardiopulmonary impairment, the assessment of treatment effectiveness, and the care of patients with deficiencies an abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system, performed upon the prescription and under the supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine, surgery, or osteopathic medicine.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Under the direction of the manager, assists in meeting the physical and emotional needs of the patient. The patient population would include:
The neonate patient
The pediatric patient
The young - middle aged adult patient
The geriatric patient
Sets-up, monitors, records, scans, scores, and analyzes the results of cardiac testing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardio-pulmonary diseases to include but not limited to:
Cardiac stress tests (graded exercise, exercise dual isotope, persantine dual istotope,
adenosine, and dobutamine)
Pulmonary function studies
Arterial blood gases
Stationary and ambulatory EEG's
Administers medications for the testing and/or treatment of cardiopulmonary impairment.
Reviews, collects, and evaluates relevant clinical data.
Formulates a patient teaching care plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning.
Provides and assists in orientating new employees and students as appropriate.
Performs emergency and acute care procedures in accordance with the department's policies.
Actively participates in departmental quality assurance and hospital-wide organizational performance improvement activities.
Maintains clinical and professional competency based upon established standards of practice. Completes annual educational requirements, attends departmental meetings and inservices, and complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.
Performs quality controls, assembles, checks, and troubleshoots diagnostic equipment and therapeutic respiratory equipment.
Maintains patient confidentiality.
Is aware of and functions within the scope of hospital policies and procedures, disaster/fire manual, and infection control manual.
Performs secretarial duties as needed during normal business hours, after hours, on weekends and on holidays.
Performs additional duties as assigned within scope of practice and responsibility.
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 the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Associates degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school or Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with six months to one year related experience and/or training as a Registered Nurse.
Must be able to work well with others and be able to establish a good rapport with patients. He/she must be able to communicate well with physicians and co-workers. This requires proficiency in medical terminology.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
The nurse must understand the operating principles of equipment, the aims of therapy, proper techniques of patient application, cleaning and sterilization techniques and maintenance of the equipment, and all safety aspects related to the equipment, gases, procedures, techniques, and patient care. In addition, he/she should understand the basic clinical situation of each patient, the medications used in the Cardiopulmonary Department, and the meanings of blood gas, EKG, and stress testing values.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current RN licensure in State of Ohio
BLS and ACLS certification
Specialized degree or certification in any cardiovascular/cardiac clinical area (CCU, ER, etc.)
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
The nurse must be competent using equipment such as pressure gauges, flowmeters, regulators, gas systems, simple oxygen analyzers, oxygen masks and cannulas, suctioning apparatus, tracheostomy and endotracheal tubes, oral airways, manual resuscitator bags, pulse oximeters, and telemetry boxes.
The nurse must be able to cross-train into one or more areas of the cardiopulmonary department (i.e., cardiopulmonary rehabilitation).
VISUAL AND AUDITORY DEMANDS:
All employees must possess adequate vision and hearing to safely perform their job functions. Employees involved in direct patient care must particularly have the hearing abilities to communicate with patients, to easily hear auditory alarms in order to assure patient safety. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
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 is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.