Provide care for the Adult or Geriatric patient, ages 18 years and over.
Demonstrates and understands the importance of and respect for the rights, dignity and individuality of each patient in all interactions.
Assist in preparation of unit, patient rooms, supplies, and beds for receiving patient admissions, returning surgical patients, transfers, emergencies, or discharges.
Provide general nursing care such as positioning patients; lifting and turning patients; applying/utilizing special equipment; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; ambulating the patient; pre-operative and post-operative care; and application of appliances, taking blood pressure and TPR, and documents appropriately
Assists in obtaining admission height, weight, and vital signs.
Provide living skills, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen,
Prepare patients for meals, serve and remove food trays, and assist with meals or feed patients; documents percentage of diet consumed.
Accurately documents vital signs, intake and output, accurately records patients’ weight.
Perform quality controls on assigned glucometer each shift.
Answer patient call lights, anticipate patients' needs, and make rounds to assigned patients.
Perform general care activities for patients in isolation. Follow isolation protocols.
Assists in and accompany patients in the admission, transfer and discharge procedures.
Assist patients with handling and care of clothing and other personal property (including dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices) throughout their hospital stay.
Collect and transport specimens to the correct department.
Transport patients to and from various departments as requested.
Accurately reports (and when appropriate, records) patient care and assessment date, and any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients and unusual incidents to the Nurse responsible for the patient’s care.
Participate in and contribute to implementation of Nursing Care Plans.
Provide post-mortem care and assists, as needed, in transport.
Assist in maintaining a safe and clean environment by cleaning Utility Rooms, cleaning equipment and preparing for disinfection or sterilization, reporting equipment that is out of order, reporting other problems to the Nurse in charge, appropriate handling of clean and dirty linen and store supplies on the unit.
Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, and other hospital personnel, while assuring confidentiality of patient information.
Attend in-service education programs, as assigned, to learn new treatments, procedures, developmental skills, etc. Attends at least 6 scheduled staff meetings per year.
Completes all required annual competency skills and mandatory in-services / training classes.
Practice careful, efficient and non-wasteful use of supplies and linen, and follow established charge procedure for patient charge items.
Performs other duties as assigned or delegated by the Charge Nurse/Clinical Coordinator.
Must be competent in heart rhythms and cardiac conduction system
Effectively follow the detailed instructions of medical professionals
Knowledge and use of central telemetry monitoring equipment, observe for any equipment problems or malfunctions and document and report promptly to supervisor
Monitor patients on telemetry, identify changes in baseline cardiac rhythms, and notify nurse or nursing supervisor of abnormal telemetry alarms
Immediately identify, interpret and report any abnormal or lethal cardiac changes when they develop
Document abnormal heart rhythm alarms or variances, which indicate ischemia, acute myocardial infarction, or other pathology.
Reviews patient information to determine normal heart rhythm patterns and prior variances
Measure rate and intervals of patients’ heart rhythm patterns on a graphic readout, analyze rhythms, and record the information on patients’ telemetry charts
Perform system checks at the beginning of each shift to ensure equipment is functioning properly, review individual patient alarms and any arrhythmia/dysrhythmia analysis
Ensure adequate monitoring supplies are in stock and available each shift, e.g. paper, cables, electrodes. Report any needed supplies to shift supervisor.
Maintain all required competencies.
Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Other duties as assigned only if coverage arranged for telemetry monitoring as directed by employee’s immediate supervisor.
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ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Corbin opened in August 2004 as a 32-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) located on the lower level of our host hospital, Baptist Health Corbin. As the only LTACH in the area, we enjoy the best of both worlds by being in partnership with a 273-bed acute-care hospital yet maintaining our small hospital atmosphere. Our employees are a dedicated team who work together delivering the best possible care for our patients. Since we have a longer length of stay, our staff has the opportunity to know patients and families. We believe spending quality time makes a difference. And we want to make a difference.
We are proud of our team. Read more about one of our own, Amie Marcum, who is the winner of the 2015 President’s Leadership Excellence Award presented by Community Hospital Corporation. A motivating leader with a contagious passion for improving health care in our community, Amie serves as Administrative Assistant/Human Resource Coordinator for our hospital.