The primary purpose of this position is to provide intermediate-level nursing care to hospitalized critically ill/injured, post-operative, and infectious small animal patients by making patient assessments, performing triage, and preparing patients for exams or treatments. Triages patients upon arrival and prioritizes those in most critical need. Continuously evaluates patient status and collaborates with clinicians and other team members to communicate changes in patient status to ensure appropriate treatment is provided. Communicates with clients regarding patient's condition and counsels on the need for care. Teaches clinical application of technical procedures, drug administration, and critical thinking skills to veterinary students. Mentors and trains junior staff members and veterinary technician interns. Maintains and cleans equipment and supplies.
Provides intermediate-level patient care by assessing patients, performing triage, and preparing patients for exams or treatments. Obtains vital parameters on critically ill or injured patients. Performs medical procedures such as venipuncture, IV catheter placement, blood pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry, nasal oxygen administration, naso-gastric/naso-esophogeal feeding tubes, ultrasound guided cystocentesis, and bladder expression. Recognizes infectious patients and utilizes appropriate techniques to prevent nosocomial infections. Manages and provides placement of advanced vascular access devices such as central jugular catheters, peripherally inserted central catheters, arterial catheters. Obtains basic diagnostic radiographs as necessary. Obtains biologic samples, performs basic laboratory tests, and analyzes results. Records patients' medical histories, symptoms, and observations. Calculates drug dosages and administers medications to patients. Helps to establish a plan of care and confers with owner. Regularly communicates with supervising Clinician. Operates medical equipment. Collaborates with others to ensure quality patient care is received. Enters charges on patient accounts. Trains new employees.
Supports teaching efforts by instructing students, interns, and residents on the job in the application of proper nursing care, drug administration, and technical procedures. Mentors veterinary technician interns. Provides greater oversight than level 1.
Maintains and cleans ICU and emergency department and equipment. Manages supplies, equipment, and inventory. Organizes products, maintains equipment, and orders supplies.
Internal Number: 198106
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