Position: TRIAGE RN
Department: EMERGENCY ROOM
Evaluates patients upon entering the hospital to determine triage status.
Provides nursing care to patients in the Emergency Room, Occupational Medicine Clinic, and Rural Health Clinic, maintaining quality nursing care in compliance with physicians' and mid levels’ orders, hospital and nursing policies.
Director of Ambulatory Services and House Supervisors
ER NA/Unit Secretaries
Volunteers, Ancillary Departments, Nursing Services Areas, Contracted Physicians, Medical Staff, Emergency Medical Services, Patients/Families, Visitors, and Clergy
Essential Job Functions
Attends and participates in educational programs to continue professional growth.
Knowledgeable and competent in the area of emergency care nursing, i.e. identification of dysrthymias, use of specialized equipment and procedures, fluid and drug therapy, resuscitation measures.
Maintains accurate and complete records of nursing care and observation of patients.
Displays skill in assessment, observation, recording, interpretation, and in reporting of patient's symptoms, reactions, and progress to physicians.
Functions competently in emergency situations in accordance with nursing and hospital policy.
Knowledgeable of certain procedures governing emergency situations i.e., sexual assault victims, child abuse victims, etc.
Maintains equipment utilized in the Emergency Room and Rural Health Clinic.
Demonstrates high degree of tact, diplomacy, and persuasive ability.
Assists physicians and mid-level practitioners as needed.
Educates patients/families concerning Emergency Room and Rural Health Clinic care and discharge instructions.
Completes continuing education requirements as defined by the Director of Education and Infection Control.
Participates in the Process Assessment and Improvement activities when appropriate.
Participates in unit meetings and keeps informed of posted and written information.
Performs duties as outlined in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.
Demonstrates competency in providing assessment and care for neonates, pediatrics, pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults, adults, geriatrics.
Informs Director of Ambulatory Services of any ethical issue concerning patient care based on own cultural values or religious beliefs.
Performs duties as outlined in the Policy and Procedure for triaging.
Participates in equipment and procedure competencies as defined annually by the Director of Ambulatory Services.
Demonstrates competency in the use of restraints.
Marginal Job Functions
Directs code following ACLS protocols when occurring in ER.
Reports to news media according to policy and procedure.
Orders and obtains supplies.
Transports patients to other hospital departments.
Prepares for patient transfer when ordered.
Orients new nurses as necessary.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Graduation from a school of nursing and current registration with the Department of Professional Regulation in the State of Illinois.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Prefer minimum of one (1) year experience.
CPR, ACLS, and PALS certifications must be current.
TNS certification preferred.
Comprehensive knowledge of general emergency nursing theory and practice. Knowledge of nursing diagnosis and appropriate nursing actions.
Working Conditions / Physical Demands
Requires walking, sitting, lifting patients, physical care of patients and pushing of beds and stretchers. Assistive devices are available.
Requires concentration, evaluation, judgement with subsequent action.
Requires good coordination and visual attention and emotional stability.
Involves activity from the outside area ambulances, private cars, occasionally noisy machinery (suction machines, respirators, etc).
Will be working directly with patients who have infectious and/or communicable diseases. With proper techniques this should not be a problem.
Hours Per Schedule