Patient Care Specialist - RN - PACU

Silver Spring, Maryland
Nov 16, 2017
Feb 28, 2018
Full Time
Position Purpose:PACU is a 16 bay unit designed to provide optimal recovery for surgical patients before they are moved to their unit. Nurses working in this area are critical care trained.Job Description Details:

General Summary: 
The Patient Care Specialist (PCS) is responsible for the direct and indirect care of patients in the acute care setting.  Using the Quality Caring Model, the PCS consistently demonstrates and role models clinical expertise in nursing appropriate to the department or specialty assigned. This position is responsible and accountable for:
•    Precepting and mentoring staff in application of the nursing process to plan and manage the care of patients with non-complex and complex biopsychosociospiritual needs. 
•    Providing clinical teaching and supervision and directing the most appropriate patient assignment for new and experienced staff. 
•    Facilitating and participating in staff development, including orientation and training. 
•    Participating in performance evaluation and management including verbal coaching and counseling. 
 Participating in the development and/or revision of patient care standards and pathways.
•    Improving patient outcomes through application of evidence based findings to advance nursing practice.  
•    Developing patient and staff education materials and serves as a consultant for patient and staff education needs.  
•    Proactively identifying areas of concern and collaborates with the health care team to problem solve and find solutions. 
•    Promoting unit specific certifications and advances in education, and participation in the clinical advancement program.  
•    Developing and monitoring quality improvement issues and assures staff team members are competent to provide care for patients. 
The authority to exercise these responsibilities often requires the use of independent judgement.   The PCS supports the Mission of Trinity Health and Holy Cross Health.  

Minimum licensure/certification required (if applicable):
Current licensure by the Maryland State Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse
BLS certified; additional Life Support training as applicable to unit requirements.
Possess a valid chemotherapy and biotherapy card - requirement for colleagues in Department:  6 South Acute Care
Department specific specialty certification required within six months of start of position 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required:
Baccalaureate and/or Master's degree in nursing required.  Master's degree preferred.  
Minimum of 5 years of specialty specific experience in an acute care setting
Advanced computer skills to include data entry and retrieval, including Microsoft specialty products
Reads, writes, speaks and comprehends English language.
Ability to effectively communicate complex and comprehensive information thoroughly and succinctly

Working Conditions:
Physical Requirements:  Able to lift patients and patient care equipment up to 35 pounds.  Must be able to push, pull and move patients, and patient care equipment.  Must be able to bend body downward at waist and be able to kneel.  Must be able to utilize computers for periods of time throughout shift
Visual Acuity:  Required to have close visual acuity to perform activities, such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing computer terminals; extensive reading; visual inspection, involving small defects, small parts and operation of machines; using measurement devices; assembly at distances close to eyes.
Auditory Acuity:  Must have sufficient acuity to identify auditory alarms in noisy environments. 
Environmental Conditions:  Worker subject to hazards associated with hospital environment.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Department Director.

Holy Cross Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.

Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) status.

Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health employs more than 120,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 21 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

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