Interventional Radiology Nurse
Ab out MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: Join the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, as ranked by US News and World Report (2017-2018)! MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, DC Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, our healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. As the first hospital in Washington, DC to achieve Magnet Recognition, we have demonstrated our excellence in nursing care, innovative professional nursing practice, and nursing satisfaction. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis caring for the whole personwe are committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment. Our mission is what sets us apart - and makes MedStar Georgetown a special place to work. 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 Georgetowns Interventional Radiology Team MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 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 biopsiesall by way of tiny incisions, into which surgical instruments are navigated, under image guidance, to the target area. With advanced techniques and equipment, 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; Bachelors degree in Nursing preferred. LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current DC 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 which include review of: patients past medical history, current medications, and history of allergies with recognition of factors which may affect or contraindicate performance of the procedure; education of the patient concerning procedure to be performed; pre-procedure instructions. Performs pre-procedure assessment of the patient, appropriate documentation of assessment, 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, 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; information related to changes in patients condition is relayed accurately and efficiently to the physician. Appropriate care and treatment are implemented; acts as a patient advocate; 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 patients response to medications administered. Institutes appropriate treatment to medication induced changes in the patients 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 assures 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 organizations goals. Serves as a preceptor or mentor as unit needs delegate. Participates in educational programs. About MedStar HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, 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.