The Peri-operative Nurse plans and directs nursing care for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. The job holder organizes peri-operative procedures to ensure patient admission, recovery care following surgery and preparation for discharge. The nurse is responsible for the achievement of patient outcomes through implementation of a nursing care plan in accordance with the mission of the hospital to ensure safe and quality patient care to all patients.
Key Result Areas (KRA)
The key result areas of this role are:
- Prepare patients for their procedure by ensuring that pre-medication is administered, patient or guardian has given written consent, required blood tests have been carried out, identification labels and bracelets are correct and all patient’s allergies have been recorded in the patient’s notes.
- Assess the psychological and physiological conditions of patients before, during and after the operation to ensure an optimal outcome of the patient.
- Manage the nurse care of the patient and coordinate the needs of the surgical team with other care providers necessary for completion of the surgery
- Assist surgeons in selecting and handling of instruments, controlling bleeding and suturing incisions.
- Provide direct and individualized nursing care to patients based on the application of scientific nursing principles.
- Implement and evaluate patient care plans using the Nursing process framework for the practice.
- Ensure that the correct procedure is being performed on the correct patient through identification labels and bracelets.
- Ensure ‘surgical conscience’ in the co work of perioperative practices.
- Respond to life-saving situations based upon Lily hospital’s nursing standards and protocols.
- Initiate corrective action whenever information from monitoring equipment shows adverse symptomatology.
- Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being throughout the care continuum.
- Provide direction to all staff within the department on proper handling of materials, apparatus, and tools for the patient.
- Participate in training programs to achieve personal development and specialization.
- Ensure stocked medications are checked regularly for expiration dates.
- Participate in overall peri operative functions including scheduling of procedures, training new staff, maintaining appropriate statistics, assisting with Quality Assurance projects, education to improve self and others, and attending staff meetings and annual educational services as required.
- Conduct pre- and post-operative education by providing verbal instructions to patient’s family or guardian during pre-operative period about the surgical experience.
- Serve as the communication liaison to family and members of the operating team.
- Teach patients and their family members or guardians on how to manage their post-treatment home care needs, self-administration of medication and rehabilitation.
- Interact with patients, families and visitors in a mature and responsible manner to ensure a positive and professional hospital environment.
- Collect, interpret, record and communicate pertinent data relevant to the patient’s care in surgery.
- Ensure patient’s assessments, interventions and outcomes are documented according to Lily hospitals’ standards, policy and procedure.
- Participate in patient discharge planning.
- Operate clinical equipment according to equipment procedures including safety and quality control checks.
- Ensure the safe operation of equipments and machinery and follow procedures for reporting and correcting an unsafe situation.
Health and Safety
- Carry out duties and responsibilities in compliance with Lily hospitals’ health and safety policy and statutory regulations.
- Ensure a clean, comfortable and safe environment for patients, clients and members of staff.
- Minimum academic qualification of a Registered Nurse (RN), Bachelor of Nursing Science (B.NSc), Diploma in Perioperative Nursing.
- 2 to 5 years relevant work experience in the health sector.
- Registration with the National Association of Nurses and Midwifery of Nigeria and must be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Perioperative Nurse (RPON).
- Knowledge of the Microsoft office package.
- Outstanding communication (oral and written), interpersonal and people management skills.
- Possess high degree of accuracy and attention to details.
- Knowledge of Nurse Practice Act.
- Knowledge of safety and injection control practices.
- Knowledge of Infection Control practice.
Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.