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St Anthony Regional Hospital RN/Anesthesia Technician in Carroll, Iowa

RN/Anesthesia Technician

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Posted Date:7/9/2021

Job Location:St. Anthony Regional Hospital, 311 South Clark St, PO Box 628, Carroll, IA, 51401Department:Anesthesia

Employment Type:Full-TimeJob Description

SUMMARY The Anesthesia RN/Technician assists the anesthesia team prior to, during, and following patient procedures in various operating room and out of operating room settings throughout SARH. Individuals in this position provides quality nursing care through professional practice and clinical competence and are proficient in the sterilization, maintenance, packing, and resupplying of the most complex anesthesia supplies and equipment in the operating room, and when available, responds to codes with anesthesia.

The Anesthesia RN/Technician checks and supplies anesthesia carts and machines, checks and replaces anesthesia gas tanks, disassembles used anesthesia equipment, disinfects machines and supply carts, replaces used products and prepares transducers for invasive hemodynamic monitoring. This position has significant patient contact while assisting in transport and procedures. This position works collaboratively with Anesthesia, Nursing staff, and off-site resources. In addition, the incumbent assists with the preparation of anesthesia supplies both preoperatively and post operatively by cleaning, maintaining, packaging, ordering, and inventorying of anesthesia supplies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Participates as the primary assistant to Anesthesia for procedures in the Operating Room at various locations across SARH including but not limited to Inpatient, SDS, PACU, OB and ER.

Assist CRNAs with peripheral nerve block placement.

Assist Anesthesia during procedures including but not limited to PICC placement and LPs.

Obtains vital signs, including temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.

Starts and discontinues IV's.

Administers medications as needed.

Maintains accurate and timely charting and documentation through the Meditech computer system when appropriate.

Performs physical and psychological assessments.

Prepares anesthesia supplies:

Preoperative:

Ensure anesthesia carts are supplied and machines are in each room prior to the beginning of the surgery schedule and between procedures. Checks and replaces anesthesia gas tanks as needed.

Retrieve special anesthesia supplies that are anticipated and/or requested by the person administering the anesthetic before and during surgery.

Prepares complex equipment and supplies for hemodynamic monitoring. This varies based on location and may include peripheral arterial catheter transducers, EKG, pulse oximeter, and nerve simulators.

Ensures monitoring equipment and supplies are ready.

Ensures the anesthesia machine is ready for use including troubleshooting and correcting problems. May perform daily anesthesia equipment inspections including suction, electrical plugs, gas connections, oxygen and nitrous oxide cylinders.

May assist in positioning patients for procedures.

Intraoperative:

Assist Anesthesia during intubating and extubating procedures as directed.

Assist in dressing and securing IVs and Arterial lines.

Restock all used supplies as needed during a surgery.

Dispose of contaminated materials and disinfect equipment in accordance with general operating room P&P concerning biohazardous waste.

Maintain awareness of physiological parameters and baselines of patients during a surgery.

Postoperative:

Clean anesthesia equipment in the Operating Room and outside locations following each procedure.

Clean, maintain, and package used anesthesia materials and equipment.

Inventories and orders anesthesia supplies.

Run errands as requested by CRNAs appropriate to facilitate the preparation and conduct of anesthesia. Perform additional duties as requested by other team members.

Trouble shoot broken equipment and fix as directed by CRNAs or BioMed.

Answers phones promptly.

Communicates effectively with CRNAs and physicians. Carries out and notes CRNA and physician orders.

Utilizes professional judgment and nursing skills, including critical thinking skills.

Interacts appropriately with other staff members.

Assists patients with turning and ambulation.

Checks charts for appropriate lab work and values, ensures that pre-op work is done as ordered.

Assists with data collection for quality management.

Assists with administrative duties as assigned.

Completes all other duties as assigned.

Complies with the Corporate Compliance Policy and all laws, regulations, and Standards of Conduct relating to the position and agrees to report any suspected violations of law or Standards of Conduct.

Complies with all applicable state and federal regulations.

Attends all mandatory meetings and programs.

Maintains a safe work environment using safe work practices, utilizing standard precautions and complying with hazardous waste procedures at all times as described in St. Anthony's Safety Policies on the Intranet.

Maintains the confidentiality of patient, resident, employee and organizational information.

Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before customers, patients, families and employees of the organization.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS/CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Graduate of an accredited school for nursing

Licensed to practice professional nursing in the State of Iowa.

Current BCLS certification required before starting employment

ACLS certification within six months of employment.

PALS certification within 1 year of employment.

Minimum of two years RN experience preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; talk and hear; and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 21 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to blood-borne pathogens. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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