Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, Neuroscience Institute, and the unit manager, the RN Epilepsy Monitoring (EM) is responsible for providing nursing care in accordance with the Standards of Safe Nursing Practice/Ohio Administrative Code and Understanding Scopes of Practice/Ohio Board of Nursing and ANA Scope and Standards of Care. The RN EM is responsible for the performance of routine and intermediate Polysomnographic and electroencephalographic tests, for providing technical analysis of the subsequent recordings; assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care for a given patient population within the established standards and practices of Akron General Medical Center.
ASSESSMENTS: Completes ongoing assessments.
Recognizes significant changes in patient condition and responds appropriately.
PLANNING: Develops measurable goals for identified problems.
Updates goals for identified problems.
Involves the patient/family (or designee) in developing a plan of care individualized to patient cultural, religious and educational needs.
Coordinates the interdisciplinary plan of care.
Serves as a patient advocate.
IMPLEMENTATION: Provides nursing care based on patient-centered outcomes and standards of care that are based on current research and evidence-based practice.
Administers patient care and treatments safely in accordance with the Standards of Safe Nursing Practice and institutional policy.
Administers medications safely in accordance with the Standards of Safe Nursing Practice and institutional policy.
Documents legibly using concise terms, correct terminology and approved abbreviations.
EVALUATION: Participates in ongoing interdisciplinary evaluation of patient/family outcomes and contributes to the improvement of care.
Participates in the quality improvement processes.
LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Delegates tasks/assignments to employees according to their ability and within the scope of their job descriptions and according to the Delegation by Licensed Nurses, Ohio Administrative Code.
Serves as a resource person sharing knowledge/skills.
Acts as a role model/mentor.
Recognizes and acknowledges peer accomplishments.
Accepts/receives constructive criticism.
Participates in the Peer and Self-Review process.
Pursues ongoing education and/or certification in specialty.
Maintains membership in professional organizations.
Involves self in professional development opportunities including community activities.
Adheres to values/guest service standards and Guiding Principles.
DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC DUTIES include Performs routine and intermediate polysomnograms and electroencephalograms using proper techniques. Provides technical interpretations of routine and intermediate sleeping disorder patterns through manual assessment and computer analysis.
Performs routine daily troubleshooting and electroencephalograms checks using established techniques. Assists with basic waveform analysis or recording waveforms and equipment assessments. Recognizes basic seizure patterns observable on bedside/central monitoring system and respond appropriately. Implements rescue/safety protocols specific to the unit. Performs proper usage of radio isotopes using established procedures and safety guidelines.
Adheres to all policies and procedures governing the unit.
Reviews and documents progress of care and discharge goals with patient/family.
Identifies need and accepts responsibility for becoming a consistent caregiver for patients with complex care needs.
Establishes priorities for delivery of patient care to individual patients and for assigned group of patients.
Participates in and documents patient care, discharge planning and case management conferences.
Communicates information regarding patient plan of care, current outcomes, and acuity, at shift report.
Using appropriate chain of command, communicates information in a timely fashion to Director, physician, or Nursing Coordinator regarding changes in patient condition and patient care/unit issues.
Performs in a calm and professional manner during crisis or emergency situations.
Demonstrates satisfactory performance/understanding of established and new routines, procedures, skills and equipment.
Participates in research activities.
Demonstrates ability to perform unit coordinator responsibilities as assigned.
Assists in orientation of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other hospital personnel.
Participates in clinical instruction programs to provide learning experiences for students.
Serves on committees within the Department of Nursing, participates in nursing grand rounds presentations, and remains aware of activities of shared governance councils.
Demonstrates understanding of emergency procedures, fire drills, evacuation and internal/external disaster plans and procedures.
Incorporates the use of Informatic tools, principles, theories, and practices in the safe and effective delivery of care.
Ensures The Joint Commission (TJC) Core Measures related to nursing care are achieved as applicable to patient diagnosis.
Incorporates patient safety goals in daily practice.
Works effectively to create and maintain a positive work environment.
Completes mandatory education and training in order to maintain organization and department specific competencies and requirements. Maintains applicable certification/licensure. Maintains BLS / ACLS.
Follows hospital and department policies and procedures with special attention to attendance and punctuality, confidentiality, dress code and display of ID badge, and safety.
Provides education to meet the specific needs of the patient and respective family members.
Collaborates and effectively communicates with the other health care team members. Provides hand off report at each change of caregiver.
Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to prioritize in providing patient care and management.
Performs in a calm and professional manner during crisis and emergency situations.
Demonstrates satisfactory performance for established procedures and skills. Learns new routines quickly. Adheres to established standards.
Other duties as assigned
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing, BSN preferred.
Current licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Ohio.
BLS and ACLS required
Complexity of Work:
Maintains competencies specific to patient population served.
Satisfactorily completes AGMC RN orientation programs.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit experience preferred.
Critical care experience preferred.
Personal Protective Equipment:
Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required
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