Registered Nurse Per Diem - Orthopedics
The Orthopaedic unit is located on the 4th floor of TMC’s tower. It is a 40-bed post-surgical inpatient unit. All of the rooms are private rooms with picturesque views. The majority of the patients we care for have elected to have their surgery: hip, knee, shoulder, spine, or ankle. The patients admitted to Ortho post surgically are overall healthy, motivated to recover, and progress rapidly. The average length of stay is two to three days. We work collaboratively with our Orthopaedic surgeons, hospitalists, case management team, and therapy team to ensure patient safety and satisfaction as well as to enhance the patient experience by placing the patient in the center of our care.
Coordinates patient care planning with other disciplines utilizing the principles of the nursing process and critical thinking skills in order to maintain patient safety and well-being.
Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure safe patient care.
Writes or obtains initial nursing histories, assesses patients' conditions and develops individual care plans; maintains patient documentation.
Receives and reviews preceding shift reports and floor nurse reports; makes complete rounds of all units, and notes patients' condition.
Notifies appropriate physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
Works with other members of the interdisciplinary patient care team, implements and reinforces patient instructional needs with patient and family offering informational material and pointing out special areas of concern.
Evaluates outcomes of patient care, consults with other specialists as needed and adjusts nursing care processes as necessary to ensure optimal patient care.
Identifies and resolves workplace health and safety issues.
Provides appropriate, direct patient care utilizing appropriate aseptic techniques.
May manage IV lines, ensure that sterile techniques are adhered to, and oversee patient movement and positioning to ensure that the patient is handled in a medically safe manner.
May perform the administration of pharmacological vasodilator medications for the purpose of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging; complies with examination competency as defined in the Imaging Services Practice Standards.
EDUCATION: Graduation from a qualified, nationally-accredited nursing program.
EXPERIENCE: One year of nursing experience in an acute care setting preferred.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in the State of Arizona and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Some departments such as OR, Ambulatory Surgery, Pediatrics/PICU, PACU, and GI Lab will require advanced life support certification (ACLS and PALS).