*Perform total patient assessments, record patients' medical histories and symptoms, on diverse patient populations transferred from ER, MICU, ICU or directly admitted.
- Act as liaison between patients and physicians to address problems and patient/family concerns.
- Serve as a patient advocate to ensure that patients' medical and emotional needs are recognized and met.
- Track lab values and test results, updating physicans when appropriate.
- Start IVs, draw blood, initiate lab work, administer blood/blood products, hydration products and medications.
- Working knowledge and treatment including long-term oral and intravenous antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and knowing when and when not to use these medications.
- Most patients have multiple comorbidities along with their infections. Working knowledge of common infections including but not limited to; influenza, TB, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, MRSA and VRE colonization, wounds and wound infections, pneumonia, sepsis, bacteremia, c-diff colitis, STI's, fungal infections, urinary tract infections and various viral and atypical bacterial infections.
- Facilitate the recovery process through patient and family education with a focus on pre/post operative procedures, prevention, medications and pain management techniques.
- Coordinate discharge planning in collaboration with physicians, case managers, nutritionists, physical/occupational therapist and social workers in order to establish a Plan of Care.
- Precept new nurses and educated patients/families in areas of prevention, medication and pain management.
- Provided pre- and post care for 6-7 patients undergoing cardiac-catherization and Electrophysiological Studies, pacemaker and AICD implantations, MI screenings, and anticoagulant therapy.
- Closely monitored patients to identify signs of arrhythmias and other life-threatening complications.
- Administer medications and hung drips; prepare patients for TEE, echocardiography and stress test; and perform clinical procedures utilizing non-invasive monitoring equipment (EKG/defibulator).