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Interventional Radiology Nurse Specialist, RN, BSN
Category: Nursing, Critical Care
Job Requisition: 6048
Department: Imaging Services - Special Procedures
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift, 4 10-Hour Days with Rotating Day Off, Late & On-Call Coverage
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
The nurse in this role is responsible for patient assessment, care and post-procedure follow-up of patients undergoing invasive procedures or sedation in the Department of Radiology. This is accomplished according to an established plan of care, under the direction of the Clinical Radiology Manager in charge of Nursing, who is a licensed Registered Nurse. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

About MedStar Georgetown’s Interventional Radiology Team
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's interventional radiology team offers the entire range of vascular, nonvascular and neurological image-guided procedures. For example, IR specialists can break up clots inside arteries, block off blood vessels that feed tumors, treat varicose veins, deliver cancer treatment directly to a tumor through its own blood supply, drain blocked organs, and perform biopsies—all by way of tiny incisions into which surgical instruments are navigated, under image guidance, to the target area. With advanced techniques and equipment and cutting-edge clinical trials, we are working to maximize patient safety and develop the next generation of treatments.

Qualifications:
  • EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing preferred.
  • LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse upon hire. BLS required. ACLS required within 6 months, and PALS certification preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of two years experience in critical care, emergency care or PACU.
  • SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Knowledge of cardiac monitoring and arrhythmia recognition, invasive pressure monitoring, conscious sedation, emergency care, and comprehensive assessment skills.
 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs scheduling of patients and pre-procedure telephone interviews that include review of: patient's past medical history, current medications and history of allergies with recognition of factors that may affect or contraindicate performance of the procedure; education of the patient concerning procedure to be performed; and pre-procedure instructions.
  • Performs pre-procedure assessment of the patient; appropriate documentation of assessment; and pre-procedure preparation of the patient, which includes intravenous access, application of monitoring equipment, and site preparation as indicated.
  • Monitoring is performed intra-procedure according to Radiology/Nursing policy to assess vital signs, pallor, responsiveness, level of comfort, and emotional status. Neuro status and circulation are assessed according to Radiology policy and as indicated by the procedure. Provides patient care utilizing the nursing process, and ensures information related to changes in patient’s condition is relayed accurately and efficiently to the physician. Ensures appropriate care and treatment are implemented, acts as a patient advocate, and follows universal precautions.
  • Administers medications appropriately and in the correct dosages, knowing the pharmacological effects and side effects of the medications being administered. Assesses and documents the patient’s response to medications administered. Institutes appropriate treatment to medication-induced changes in the patient’s condition. Administers emergency drugs and utilizes emergency equipment knowledgeably and appropriately.
  • Post-procedure care is arranged prior to procedure date unless the case is an add-on. Performs and documents an appropriate and complete post-procedure assessment. Gives a complete and concise report to the department receiving the patient post-procedure. Discharge instructions and patient/family education are provided according to Radiology policy.
  • Develops and revises Radiology Nursing Policies and Procedures for assigned sections. 
  • Performs daily equipment, drug and quality assurance checks as required by Radiology policy. Documentation is performed accordingly. Reports equipment failures and ensures repairs are performed. Arranges for replacement of expired or used supplies.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of performance improvement and research activities. 
  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives. Recognizes cost-reduction opportunities. 
  • Supports unit and organization’s goals.
  • Serves as a preceptor or mentor as unit needs delegate.
  • Participates in educational programs.
About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.

A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.

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