The Medical Imaging (Radiology) RN Clinician will be responsible for representing ECHN to the Radiology Intervention patient in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. The Radiology nurse will report directly to the Director of Medical Imaging and indirectly to the Team Leader of Interventional angiography. The Radiology RN Clinician provides nursing care by assessing the patient pre-and-post- procedure and assisting the Radiologist in the various diagnostic radiology testing. Examples are: Interventional angiography, US guided thorocentesis / paracentesis, CT guided biopsies and any pt care needs that come up in the Medical Imaging Department. The Radiology, RN Clinician will administer conscious sedation and other prescribed medication or pharmacological agents during and post Radiology testing.
Participates in the operational duties of the department, such as but not limited to; Quality Improvement, Policy and Procedure maintenance, revising and development of billing and gathering of statistical data, developing departmental educational opportunities and participating in the on-going growth and maintenance of the excellent customer services provided to all that ECHN serves as well as assisting the supervisor/Director in maximizing the department's financial resources.
The Radiology RN Clinician also provides educational resources for patients and assesses each patient for understanding of procedures, post procedural education and life style modifications necessary for maintaining optimum health and assists the department in planning and implementing new programs within the department.
The Radiology RN Clinician accepts on-call responsibilities for the Medical Imaging Department.
Must be a State of Connecticut licensed Registered Nurse.
Must be trained and maintain Basic Cardiac/Cardiopulmonary Life Support and be ACLS certification.
- Have a minimum of two (2) years of Critical Care experience.
Must be proficient in cardiac monitoring, administration of conscious sedation and be IV competent.
Must have strong verbal and written English communication skills in order to interface with staff and instruct patients.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time.
- Assesses the patient's condition and care needs by collecting accurate and thorough data on admission and on an ongoing basis through the performance of cultural and psychosocial assessment, including review of the medical record, as per department policy.
Exemplary: Recognizes subtle abnormalities in the patient's condition and anticipates the effect on outcomes.
- Accurately identifies actual and potential nursing diagnoses and/or problems by grouping and analyzing assessment date in order to identify specific patient issues or needs.
Exemplary: Considers interdisciplinary issue in the formulation of nursing diagnoses.
- Assesses patient and/or family learning needs, including the ability and readiness to learn by identifying and arranging appropriate resources to assist in the educational process.
Exemplary: Anticipates specific educational needs, including specialized discharge concerns.
- Accurately completes necessary documentation of all aspects of the nursing process on an ongoing basis, in a timely manner, as per departmental policy and regularly acts as a resource to others regarding documentation issues.
Exemplary: Makes specific recommendations to improve the documentation process.
- Plans nursing actions to ensure individual patient-centered care, integrating family, patient, and/or multidisciplinary staff assessments in order to develop a comprehensive plan of care.
Exemplary: Integrates and arranges for collaborative meetings as needed.
- Begins discharge on admission and updates it throughout the hospitalization keeping the Case Manager or Nursing units well informed of patient needs.
Exemplary: Anticipates complex discharge needs and intervenes appropriately.
- Appropriately delegates duties and tasks to team members, developing opportunities to promote growth of subordinates and/or peers.
Exemplary: Mentors team members to develop their maximum potential within their scope of practice.
- Uses therapeutic interventions to implement the patient's plan of care, implements prescribed medical and psychosocial nursing interventions appropriately and applies advanced nursing skills appropriately in a variety of settings.
Exemplary: Participates in the development of standards, procedures, and/or policies.
- Provides and/or coordinates patient/family education, based on assessed needs, creatively adjusting education to the patient's needs and ensuring adequate needs.
Exemplary: Analyzes trends in the patient's needs, researches literature, contributes to the development of patient education resources.
- Con sistently prepares and administers medications and IV fluids accurately, according to departmental policies while collaborating with the healthcare team to provide appropriate medication for patient's condition.
Exemplary: Identifies potential problems in medication administration and makes recommendations for quality improvement measures.
- Consistently anticipates emergency situations and takes action to prevent or minimize a negative outcome while demonstrating the ability to organize and delegate appropriately in emergency.
Exemplary: Takes appropriate action to improve the emergency response system.
- Eval uates the plan of care and patient's response to planned intervention and makes appropriate modifications to the plan of care.
Exemplary: Creatively designs and implements interventions to minimize the patient's length of stay and maintains positive patient outcomes.