The Surgery SWAT nurse is a highly skilled, highly trained experienced operating room nurse who provides support to both the Ambulatory Surgical Centers and the Main Hospital operating rooms. The SWAT nurse is able to function independently to provide safe, quality and clinically competent care. The SWAT nurse is able to plan, implement, evaluate and document care that is in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. This position will rotate between the operating rooms at the Main Hospital, Bucks Ambulatory Surgical Center, and King of Prussia Ambulatory Surgical Center. Two (2) years of prior Operating Room RN experience is required.
1. Nursing Practice
- Follows Nursing Process to deliver safe care: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Synthesizes patient assessment data and recognizes complex situations prior to communicating with care team.
- Collaborates with family, team members, and other caregivers to initiate/update plan of care, patient/family education, and discharge needs.
- Manages care of complex patients utilizing proper prioritization and delegation to appropriate staff.
- Identifies expected outcomes, revises plan of care when unexpected outcomes arise, and begins to use full range of communication as a means of conveying plan.
- Documents ongoing evaluation and effectiveness of patient care utilizing current hospital standards, policies, and procedures.
- Provides care that meets professional standards of practice and meets regulatory requirements.
- Role models appearance and behaviors that promote a positive image of nursing.
- Interacts with parents/patients and colleagues with respect and dignity.
- Spends “the extra time” with families, listening for avenues to improve on the ideal patient experience.
- Understands the impact of arriving to work on time, is ready to start the shift, and predicts challenges and obstacles.
- Provides an accurate patient status report to members of the team that reflect nursing interventions and patient outcomes.
- Actively participates in patient care rounds and makes recommendations to the plan of care.
- Chairs and/or participates in unit PPM council and may participate in departmental PPM council.
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
- Reads nursing articles, analyzes information, and initiates staff discussion(s).
- Assists with data collection in research studies being conducted in work area.
- Participates in efforts to apply research findings to clinical practice.
- Frames basic research questions.
- Identifies own learning needs. Seeks out opportunities to meet needs and attends all required programs.
- Applies education and training from internal in-services to daily work to enhance personal nursing knowledge and skills.
- Attends education programs related to patient population.
- Utilizes patient education materials relevant to patient population.
- Demonstrates healthcare informatics competency to manage patient care, outcome data, and current and emerging healthcare technology, which include:
- Basic computer competency, including the effective use of patient care devices, computers, computer software programs such as e-mail and word processing programs, and shared network file space.
- Information literacy, including the effective use of the Intranet and Internet to find electronic resources for patient care, nursing practice, and evidence-based decision-making.
- Information management skills, including the effective use of the electronic health record and clinical information systems, the ability to collect clinical data using quality tools, and the ability to discuss, evaluate, and analyze outcome data presented in charts and tables.
5. Resource Management
Job Responsibilities (Continued)Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
- Participates in promoting quality, efficient, and cost-effective care.
- Monitors own usage of supplies and equipment. Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes recommendations.
- Manages own time to accomplish direct/indirect care in a cost-efficient manner.
Registered Nursing License or active Temporary Practice Permit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or State of New Jersey, depending on the assigned work location.If practicing with an active temporary practice permit, obtains an RN license prior to the expiration of the practice permit.CPR Certification issued through on organization that requires a hands-on instructor lead psychomotor skills verification (ex. American Heart Association or Red Cross) required.Required Education and Experience
- Nursing Diploma
- According to the CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) a copy of diploma or transcript is required as proof of academic achievement for all non-laboratory personnel performing non-waived POC testing
Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
- Two (2) years of operating room experience
Preferred Education: BSN
Additional Technical Requirements
- Basic Use of MS Word 2007.
- Creating meeting minutes, charts, and tables.
- Saving and naming new and established files.
- Basic Use of MS PowerPoint 2007.
- Creating education presentations using clip art.
- Basic Use of MS Excel 2007.
- Creating simple spreadsheets, sometimes using symbols.
- Navigation and basic search functions of the Internet using Internet Explorer.
- Use of MS Outlook 2007 email, opening attachments, attaching new files to emails, and saving attached files to computer.
- Use of shared network file space.
- Basic use of computers, printers, monitors, patient care devices, and fax machines.
- Navigation and use of Sortec Nurse Call system.
- Use of Internet and Intranet to look up basic electronic resources for practice.
- Ability to find and print Patient Family Education Documents.
- Ability to find PPM Department Council minutes from last month.
- Ability to find and navigate Department of Nursing websites and related linked CHOP resource sites.
- Ability to perform a literature search on the Internet and ability to find professional journal and/or research-based articles.
- Ability to evaluate Internet sites for reliability.
Information Management Literacy
- Navigation of electronic health information records
- Ability to review specific patient data in a clinical information system.
- Understanding of policies and procedures around timeliness of care, use of a clinical information system, and support of safe nursing practice.
- Utilize applicable clinical pathways.
- Ability to collect raw clinical data using quality tools.
- Ability to discuss, evaluate, and analyze outcome data in charts and tables.
- Discuss the responsibilities of each user of an electronic record related to confidentiality and privacy.
- Coordination of patient care information in a fragmented environment, where there are both electronic and hard copy references.