JOB TITLE: Registered Nurse
DEPARTMENT: Emergency Department
REPORTS TO: Emergency Department Director
JOB SUMMARY: Provide rapid assessment and treatment to patients in the initial phase of illness or trauma and often in life-threatening situations. Participate in the daily operation of the department. Attend required in-service, yearly education day, and mandatory department meetings. Assist in the collection of data for PI. Maintain good relationships with other staff, ancillary departments, managers, directors, and physicians.
The most important responsibility for an emergency nurse is understanding triage, which is a method of prioritizing injuries based on medical need. Nurse must have the ability to make quick and accurate assessments about incoming patients, including both physical and mental health conditions. Time management is crucial in this position.
Along with triage assessing ESI level, RN must quickly ascertain the following information from incoming patients: Identify medical problem; Document medical history; Check for any allergies and review current medications; Obtain height, weight, body temperature, heart rate, SPO2, pain score and blood pressure.
Other responsibilities include moving patients, taking blood samples, cleaning and bandaging wounds, administering medications and maintaining proper supplies of medical equipment. As with other health care professionals, the emergency nurse is expected to comply with the protocols, procedures and safety policies of West Park Hospital. The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span. Will possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs. Is able to provide the care needed as described in the unit's/areas/department's policies and procedures.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Current Wyoming Registered Nurse License
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of one (two to three preferred) emergency nursing experience or three-four years of clinical nursing in a medical or surgical unit or a combined medical/surgical unit. Experience in pediatrics, obstetrics and surgery desirable.
SKILLS: Effective communication skills. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions. Good knowledge of emergency nursing and strong ability in performance of nursing procedures.
REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS: BLS, ACLS, PALS and TNCC is required once orientation is complete.