Job Description & Requirements
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit - PACU Nurse
The PACU unit at Ontario is looking for a fantastic, team oriented, focused PACU nurse to help deliver amazing patient care. The nurse must exhibit the below qualities:
The Registered Nurse demonstrates proficiency by exhibiting the following skills, competencies, and behaviors:
o Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities, and applicable state, federal and local laws.
o Serves as a leader of the health care team; delegates tasks appropriately, and demonstrates appropriate accountability.
o Understands own and team members scope of practice and escalates issues as appropriate.
o Demonstrates professional, supportive behavior.
o Champions new ideas.
o Leads and directs others through the change process.
o Utilizes communication strategies including chain of command and issue escalation, which result in intended outcomes.
o Participates in problem identification and resolution.
o Mentors, orients, and coaches others in unit specific operations and patient care activities.
o Shares responsibility and authority w/ subordinates and holds him/her accountable for performance.
o Demonstrates ability to problem solve w/ other departments in order to assist member problem resolution.
o Prioritizes, delegates, and supervises work assignments appropriately to ensure completion of patient care activities.
o Complies w/ regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, and standards of practice.
o Nursing Process:
o Develops and/or contributes to the individualized plan of care that reflects assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of that plan.
o Ensures plan shows multidisciplinary planning, consultation, and education.
o Ensures plan is reflective of admission or outpatient database, on-going findings, age appropriate care, cultural specific needs, and appropriate acuity.
o Ensures plan is discussed w/ patient, family/significant others, and completed in a timely manner.
o Monitors the patient's progress based on the plan.
o Revises plan on ongoing basis based on patient condition and evaluation of progress.
o Ensures care meets standards of practice.
o Ensures effective development and completion of discharge plan including discharge barriers and patient/family education.
o Ensures that patient clearly understands discharge instructions.
o In outpatient, identify barriers and needs for patient/family education that will facilitate the outpatient medical mgmt plan.
o Ensures patient safety related but not limited to, medications and procedures utilizing the five rights; patient falls; decubitus prevention and prevention of nosocomial infections.
o Ensures optimal pain control and patient comfort; identifies and discusses patient anxieties, fears or concerns regarding patient condition, treatment or discharge.
o Ensures that patient understands medication purpose, side effects, and administration instructions in the hospital as well as at the time of discharge.
o Charting is accurate, legible, dated, and timed.
o Documentation reflects nursing process and interventions and evaluations taken.
o Utilizes computer systems effectively and efficiently for optimal patient care.
o Clinical Outcomes:
o Discusses patient findings and progress toward outcomes w/ physicians and other members of the health care team.
o Demonstrates competencies during the probationary period and ongoing completion by departmental competency validation.
o Make comprehensive nursing decisions based on interpretation of data, assessments, and evaluations of patient outcomes.
o Participates in departmental performance improvement activities, i.e., planning, measuring/monitoring, assessing, and improving.
o Workplace Safety:
o Adherence to LMP Workplace Safety principles and practices.
o Applies standard precautions.
o Maintains a safe environment for self and others.
o Patient Care Experience:
o Practices customer service standards as defined by the Service Area, Medical Center, and specified department.
o Promptly answers call lights, alarms, and patient requests.
o Makes appropriate referrals and facilitates the customer's ability to utilize resources.
o Maintains and protects patient confidentiality.
o Ensures clean, orderly, and functional work environment.
o Treats all families of patients w/ courtesy, respect, kindness and compassion.
o Provides an optimal patient care experience by actively listening to the needs of patients and family members and taking responsibility for meeting those identified needs.
o Gives patients information in a way they can understand and ensures comprehension.
o Provides a patient care experience that exceeds members' expectations.
o Team Commitment:
o Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others.
o Confronts difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
o Takes accountability for own actions and accepts constructive criticism.
o Acts as a resource, preceptor, and mentor to new employees, registry, students, and other team members.
o Attends all mandatory meetings, in-services and staff meetings as required, actively participates in other departmental professional development (Requirement may vary for per diem staff).
o Participates w/ the assessment of current and future unit learning needs and development of an annual education plan.
o Keeps self- informed of activities on the unit and makes recommendations for change.
o Adheres to Attendance Program.
o Reports to assigned area promptly, being present and available for report at beginning of assigned shift.
o Supports a collaborative Labor-Mgmt Partnership environment through unit based teams.
o Fiscal Responsibility:
o Organizes work to minimize the use of overtime.
o Identifies and assists in systems improvement that needs simplification or correction.
o Utilizes payroll and non-payroll resources to their maximum potential.