Theatre RN

Reporting structure – Theatre Unit Manager
ROLE SUMMARY
The Clinical Nurse is a professional who remains responsible for the assessment, planning and implementation of individualised and holistic nursing care of a patient, their families or the community, either performed directly or indirectly.
The incumbent ultimately coordinates patient care within the concept of the multi-disciplinary health team.
The incumbent also fulfils the role by the use of scientifically based nursing theories and processes, treating the patients as a physical, social and spiritual individual, and by use of educational and technical means applicable to health care practice.
KEY WORK OUTPUT AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
  • Serve as a clinical resource in assisting personnel to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care in the unit.
  • Ensure communication and interaction with family and health professionals regarding optimal patient care, thereby acting as a patient advocate when necessary.
  • Ensure communication between nursing management and unit to eliminate patient care problems / issues.
  • Assess, plan and implement advanced nursing care in a specialized field in accordance with standard nursing care procedures, as set out in the standards and procedures of MPH, as well as nursing care theory and medical direction.
  • Initiate, direct and maintain emergency treatment (RESUS) as indicated to any patient / person in any ward / department of the hospital. To diagnose and treat the emergency patient quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible within the Scope of Practice.
  • Interview patient and family to obtain general background information and problem identification; evaluate patient’s behaviour and assess immediate and long term needs.
  • Participate as a professional member of the multi-disciplinary team in evaluating, developing and implementing health care plans and treatment regime.
  • Do rounds with the physician to review condition of patients; develop nursing care plans; participate in the care of all patients in the unit.
  • Evaluate patients care needs; initiate individualised nursing care plans; co-ordinate patient services.
  • Prepare day / night shift documentation that reflects patient status, patient / staff ratio and problems.
  • Communicate with the unit manager, so that he / she is informed of activities and problems.
  • Perform any related tasks as requested.
  • Provide input and standards in formulating patient care policy and procedures in the hospital.
  • To ensure the provision of a safe, clean and secure environment for patients, staff and visitors.
  • Aim as member of staff to optimise and maintain quality, effective and safe nursing care, within the frame of the assigned budget.
  • Evaluate, set standards and monitor safe utilization of supplies and equipment Actively participate as a member of a team to achieve goals.
  • Co-operate and collaborate with other hospital departments to provide appropriate support services. Co-ordinate with the Clinical Facilitation Department and other members of the multi disciplinary team to meet and acknowledge the on-going educational needs of the nursing staff / student as well as the patients.
  • Co-operate with the Clinical Facilitators in planning, implementing and evaluation of learning experiences / opportunities for nursing staff / students.
  • Provide for the ongoing review, practice and in-service training of emergency procedures.
  • Actively participate in in-service training and orientation of new staff in the unit.
  • Advise and inform staff on current and revised policies and procedures.
  • Allocate staff members in a manner that promotes optimal use of staff to provide appropriate nursing care for the individual patient regarding his / her needs and specialised skills needed by the nursing staff member.
  • Adjust staff levels to provide for acuity level needs
  • Active involvement in own professional development to maintain a satisfactory level of skill and knowledge.
  • Keep up to date with evolving policies and procedures
  • Work effectively and co-operatively with others to establish and maintain good working relationships that are mutually beneficial.
  • Develop collaborative relationships to help accomplish work goal.
  • Maintain and encourage effective communication and interaction within the unit, other members of the multi-disciplinary team and the public.
  • Foster good interpersonal relations and public relations while interpreting / applying the philosophy, goals objectives, policies and procedures.
 
EDUCATION
  • Grade 12 or an equivalent NQF Level 4 Qualification.
  • Extensive RN experience – Theatre trained perferably not crucial and 2 years experience as a scrub sister.
  • Must be a Registered Nurse, currently registered with the South African Nursing Council.
 
WORK EXPERIENCE
  • 2 or more years’ experience and knowledge working as a General Scrub Nurse
  • Experience in clinical leadership
  • Thorough knowledge of general / specialized nursing theory and practice
  • Extensive knowledge of modern nursing care principles and practices in the highly specialised field of the intensive care nursing.
  • Relevant Post basic theatre qualification preferred but not limited to.
  • The ability to set high standards of performance for self, and assuming the overall responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assignments or tasks.