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The incumbent practices as a RN in Preoperative (PreOp) Clinic, located in the Operative Care Division (OCD) in Portland, while also providing float coverage to the Outpatient Surgery Unit (OSU) depending on patient census needs. The PreOp Clinic provides preoperative preparation of patients prior to surgical and medical procedures. OSU prepares patients for surgery and recovers patients postoperatively with or without sedation or anesthesia. The RN is accountable for: 1) providing care to the surgical patient as assigned which includes assessing patient readiness for surgery, monitoring patient recovery, evaluating plan of care and ensuring thorough patient education is provided; 2) collaborating with the interdisciplinary team to continuously improve patient/customer satisfaction and patient care outcomes; and 3) assuring that standards of care are being maintained and followed. Patient populations include but are not limited to: cardiothoracic surgery, renal transplant, vascular, orthopedic, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, ophthalmology, endoscopy, and other medical procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia care. The RN works as part of the interdisciplinary team in the clinic to provide an appropriate evaluation, coordinate and perform necessary testing and to provide thorough patient education. Assessment of relevant physical parameters, psychosocial and safety needs and discharge needs is documented and communicated to ensure continuity in care throughout the perioperative period. Patient education regarding the plan of care, preoperative instructions and preparation needed prior to surgery is provided. Based on education and experience, the RN may be assigned responsibilities as preceptor and/or charge nurse, or unit shift leader. ACLS is required within 6 months of hire. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, variable as needed by service; Hours vary between 6:00am - 8:00pm; Compressed/Flexible: Yes based on service needs; Telework: Not available; Virtual: This is not a virtual position; Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized; Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized; Financial Disclosure Report: Not required ;
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