The primary purpose of this position is to provide intermediate-level nursing care for hospitalized critically ill/injured, post-operative, and infectious small animal patients in the after-hours emergency service. Triages patients upon arrival and prioritizes those in most critical need. Communicates with clients over the phone regarding their pet's condition and counsels on the need for care. Provides instruction on the clinical application of technical procedures, drug administration, and critical thinking skills to veterinary students. Continuously evaluates patient's status and collaborates with clinicians and other team members to communicate changes in patient status to ensure appropriate treatment is provided. Mentors and trains junior staff members and veterinary technician interns. Manages competing priorities in a stressful environment. This position also provides daytime ER coverage on a rotational basis, as well as approximately 30-40% nursing coverage in ICU on a rotational as needed basis. Triages incoming critical emergency patients. Obtains vital parameters on critically ill or injured patients. Performs medical procedures such as venipuncture, IV catheter placement, blood pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry. Obtains biologic samples and performs basic laboratory tests. Calculates drug dosages and administers medications to patients. Identifies patient progress trends and advocates for patient needs based on nursing assessment. Answers telephone inquiries from clients. Instructs senior veterinary students on proper nursing care, drug administration and procedures. Operates sophisticated medical monitoring equipment. Interprets and applies proper intervention based on results.
Performs medical procedures such as nasal oxygen administration, naso-gastric/naso-esophogeal feeding tubes, ultrasound guided cystocentesis, bladder expression. Recognizes infectious patients and utilize appropriate techniques to prevent nosocomial infections. Assists with thoracocentesis/abdominocentesis.
Manages and begins placement of advanced vascular access devices such as central jugular catheters, peripherally inserted central catheters, arterial catheters. Obtains basic diagnostic radiographs as necessary.
Reviews and transcribes clinician orders to patient treatment flow sheet, ensuring accuracy. Communicates with clinicians regarding patient progress. Provides guidance in procedures/policies and patient management. Documents patient care nursing notes in medical record. Provides mentorship and teaching of veterinary technician interns.
Enters daily charges for ER and ICU patients. Provides maintenance and cleaning of ICU and emergency department and equipment. Orders & stocks supplies.
Internal Number: 189447
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