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Pre-Surgical Testing Clinical Nurse, RN, BSN
Category: Nursing, Perioperative Services
Job Requisition: 1310
Department: Pre-Surgical Testing Unit
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift, 10-Hour Shifts, Staggered Shifts from 6am-6pm, Monday-Friday
Hours per Week: Stand-In
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
A nurse is responsible for providing competent professional nursing care using the nursing process. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

Pre-Surgical Testing Department
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Pre-Surgical Testing Department provides care for patients to ensure that all necessary medical information is obtained and preoperative requirements are completed prior to the day of surgery. The Pre-Surgical Testing Department supports our 23 operating rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient treatment along the following service lines:  orthopedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, and thoracic and general surgery. Our highest priorities are patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.
 
As a Pre-Surgical Testing nurse, you will assess patients to determine if they need an appointment for specialized evaluations, preoperative blood tests and/or diagnostic testing. Pre-Surgical Testing care is provided either during a clinic appointment or via a screening phone call and, in some cases, both. Nurses are primarily assigned to one area per shift. 
 
  • Pre-Surgical Testing Clinic: The nurse is responsible for assessing the patient and obtaining pertinent health data in coordination with anesthesia providers. The goal is to effectively identify anesthesia risk in advance of surgery, thereby minimizing day-of-surgery cancellations while optimizing the patient for the surgical experience. Additionally, the RN provides emotional support and extensive patient education to prepare the patient and assist in setting realistic postoperative expectations.
  • Pre-Surgical Testing Phone Bank: The nurse is responsible for the same duties as listed above, but the care is provided primarily over the phone. We begin calling patients 14 days prior to surgery to ensure all necessary health data is collected and reviewed 24-48 hours prior to surgery.

The Pre-Surgical Testing Department values nursing education and professional development. As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses' skills and experience. Additionally, the Clinical Educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all Pre-Surgical Testing associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates, and suite attendants.
  
Qualifications:
  • EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Nursing preferred.
  • LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse upon hire. Certification in Basic Life Support. Certification in specialty or related specialty preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: To meet unit criteria, at least two (2) years of recent acute care experience in the relevant patient care area. Two years of perioperative or medical/surgical care with telemetry experience is preferred. Experience with Cerner electronic medical record (EMR) is an asset.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • PRACTICE & QUALITY
    • Provides relationship-based care that promotes continuous, consistent, efficient, and accountable delivery of nursing care using the nursing process. 
    • Demonstrates professional practice utilizing the framework of the professional practice model and is grounded in a culture of safety and quality.
  • COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
    • Communicates and collaborates with interprofessional groups to ensure coordination, continuity and safe care.   
    • Communicates verbal information and documents written and electronic information that reflects the planned and delivered care for patients.
  • LEADERSHIP
    • Supports and contributes to the unit, department and organizational goals inclusive of the mission, vision and values.
    • Demonstrates advocacy and support on behalf of interprofessional teams and patients.
    • Delegates and supervises nursing staff in providing patient care and assumes leadership roles, e.g., charge nurse role. Participates in the development and implementation of quality activities.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Serves as a preceptor or mentor.
    • Participates in professional development activities.
    • Incorporates evidence-based practice and research into patient care delivery.
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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