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This position is responsible for the nursing management of patients being sedated in association with procedures. The nurse provides direct patient care, consults with physicians and other nurses, and sets clinical standards and is involved in education activities. Serves as a member of the clinic emergency response team. This position reports to the Nurse Manager, Procedure Suite and Pulmonary Function.
Administers sedating agents:
Performs a nursing assessment prior to each patient’s sedation and procedure which includes review of relevant lab studies, review of systems, assessment of sedation related risk factors, prior anesthesia history, assessment of airway and level of consciousness
Follows all procedures related to sedation and demonstrates and understanding of the use of appropriate reversal agents and methods for accessing airways
Successfully initiates intravenous access and safely administers agents
Provides patient and family teaching about sedation and care following the procedure
Assures the safety of patients and other staff:
Whenever possible responds to emergent or urgent medical situations in the Clinic
Documents administration of drugs and other agents properly
Documents all nursing care activities accurately and in a timely fashion
Provides care to patients as part of the overall care team:
Provide psychosocial support to patients and families
Informs charge nurse or nurse supervisor of high-risk situations or operational issues
Participates in continuous performance improvement and quality efforts
Ensures that proper techniques and practices are followed according to approved policies and procedures
Is Responsible For Maintaining And Developing Own Skills:
Participates in continuing education programs
Participates in peer evaluations and keeps current in area of expertise through journals, books, and nursing conferences
Participates in professional organizations
Possess knowledge and theory of pulmonary anatomy and physiology, and be able to correctly perform tests, acquiring accurate results on all patients. Testing skills include drawing arterial blood gases (ABG) with the use of local anesthesia as needed. Skills should also include pulse oximetry, spirometry, the use of metered dose inhalers in pre- and post- bronchodilator testing, diffusing capacity, lung volumes by nitrogen washout and body plethysmography techniques, negative inspiratory and positive expiratory pressures (NIF, PEF), and airway resistance
Able to set up equipment appropriately, explain procedures to patients and gain their cooperation, conduct tests and calculate test results for the physician, evaluate test reliability, patient’s performance and clinical implications
Able to advise on patient pulmonary function needs and to recognize and assess alarm values in testing, reporting them to the appropriate physician /medical provider
Current Washington State nursing license
Current BLS AHA Health Provider Card (or equivalent course, such as by the American Red Cross) and renewal required every two years
ACLS certification (if not current, then must be obtained within six months of hire), renewal every two years
Successful completion of UWMC Sedation Training Program (must be completed within six months of hire)
Recent experience PACU/ICU/ED/Endoscopy RNs with moderate sedation experience
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Two years of nursing experience
Recent ICU, PACU, Interventional Radiology or Emergency Department experience
Oncology or transplant infusion experience
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.