Our Interventional Recovery Unit (IRU) supports the Cardiac Cath Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, & Interventional Radiology, focusing on continuity of care for patients undergoing invasive procedures. This includes preparation for the procedure as well as post procedure assessment, monitoring and discharge. The IRU is a fast-paced unit with the ability to care for pre-procedure & post procedure observation patients including overnight observation. The Interventional Recovery RN is responsible for assessing the needs of each patient ranging from adolescent to geriatric and planning the nursing care necessary to meet those needs, including the spiritual, emotional, psychosocial and physiological needs. The RN is then responsible in seeing that the interdisciplinary plan of care is carried out through performance or delegation to subordinate personnel. The IRU RN is supervised by the Nursing Manager, Director, or House Supervisor.
PART III: POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES (ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS)
Ability to train to pull arterial & venous sheaths.
Assists physicians during examinations and procedures.
Coordinates care delivery through the utilization of department, organization and community models and resources; critical thinking; interdisciplinary teamwork; patient advocacy; and the unique nurse-patient connection, and identifies and uses available resources to define and implement the plan of care.
Demonstrates proficiency in utilizing EMR (Epic) and operates all equipment safely and correctly. Able to troubleshoot equipment and problems/failures
Detail oriented with knowledge of cardiac disease process, procedures, tests and medications.
Detects and collects comprehensive data and identifies patterns pertinent to the patient's health and unique situation.
Evaluates assigned patients and plans, implements and documents nursing care.
Knowledge of and ability to care for patients receiving sedation
Must be skilled in EKG interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring and able to manage the potential risks associated with procedural care.
Performs various patient tests and administers medications within the scope of practice of the registered nurse.
Pre and intra-procedural medication knowledge and administration are critical
Pre-procedure duties consist of checking clinically important aspects related to the patient entering into the lab (consent, labs, indications, complicating conditions like drug or food allergies, pulses and records of prior procedures with their associated problems, or access or contrast reaction). The nurse should be knowledgeable, able to communicate clearly and sympathetically, and compulsive enough to collect this information in order to protect the patient from medical misadventure.
Provides all aspects of care for cardiovascular patients in the pre op, intra, and recovery care setting.
Upon demonstrated mastery and success in the role, potential to train in procedures will be available.
Uses evidence based practice, clinical decision making, and skilled dialogue to create the safest patient environment and best patient experience
Graduate of approved school of nursing, BSN preferred. As of 1/1/18 must obtain BSN with 4 years of hire or transfer.
Minimum of 1 year recent ICU, Tele, Step Down, Cath Lab, Procedural, or PACU experience preferred.
License or Certification Requirements:
Current Illinois RN license
ACLS and CPR required within 3 months of hire.