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Order ID: 12630
Certification: RN
Specialty:
ICU
Location: Madison, WI
Start date subject to change
Start Date: 11-27-2023
End Date: 02-26-2024
Shift Start: 7:00am
Shift End: 7:00pm

Critical Care Nurses (ICU/CCU) provide care to acutely and critically ill patients, in a highly technical and ongoing monitoring environment. These patients are facing life-threatening problems with varying needs, which require extensive medication protocols and therapies. CCU/ICU Nurses face the additional responsibility for the emotional and psychosocial health of the patient, family and significant others. Because patients need round-the-clock care, working hours include days, nights, weekends and holidays. The number of patients assigned per shift will vary with facility and specialty, if applicable. Nurses spend considerable time walking, bending, stretching and standing; they assist in patient transfers. Nurses may face hazards from exposure to chemicals and infectious diseases. In addition, they treat patients that may be confused, irrational, agitated, and/or uncooperative.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Current licensure in good standing in the state of practice (or Compact License)
  • Evidence of 1 year of CCU/ICU nursing experience within the past two years
  • BLS and ACLS credential mandatory

Responsibilities:

  • Consults and coordinates with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans
  • Prepares, administers and records prescribed medications. Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments in accordance with the policy regarding the administration of medications by a licensed registered nurse
  • Provides basic, bedside care
  • Initiates patient education plan, as prescribed by physician. Teaches patients and significant others how to manage their illness/injury, by explaining: post-treatment home care needs, diet/nutrition/exercise programs, self-administration of medication and rehabilitation
  • Records patients’ medical information and vital signs
  • Interprets and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient’s condition
  • Takes samples for lab work, orders prescribed lab work and evaluates/interprets lab reports
  • Prepares equipment and aids physician during examination and treatment of patients
  • Responds to life-saving situations based upon nursing standards and protocol
  • Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms
  • Applies Hemodynamic, Phlebotomy and IV protocols
  • Monitors and adjusts specialized equipment used on patients, and interprets and records electronic displays, such as intracranial pressures, central venous pressures, pulmonary artery pressures, and cardiac rhythms from cardiac monitors, respirators, ventilators, manometers, oxygen pumps, etc.
  • Monitors catheters, leads and tubing for proper placement and functioning
  • Initiates corrective action whenever information from monitoring/life support equipment shows adverse symptomatology
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