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ICU Pediatric RN

Position Summary
Provide care for children and adolescents with a wide-range of ailments, from common childhood diseases to life-threatening illnesses. The difference between PICU patients and regular PEDs patients is that PICU patients are usually unstable and require constant monitoring and interventions.
Position Responsibilities
PICU Nurses provide direct and individualized nursing care to patients based on the application of scientific nursing principles. In addition to basic nursing care, responsibilities of PICU Nurses include (but are not limited to):
- Provides age and culturally appropriate care to patient
- Consults and coordinates with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans
- Monitors patient's vital signs, such as blood pressure, breathing and heart rate, and initiates corrective action whenever the patient displays adverse symptomatology
- Follows continuous cardiac and respiratory monitor readings, such as EKG tracings, O2 stats, CVP/arterial line waveforms, if applicable, and reports any observed changes
- Tracks urine output
- Changes dressings, inserts catheters, starts IVs (both central venous & arterial)
- Administers infusion therapy, including: IV fluids, antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, electrolytes
- Monitors and adjusts specialized equipment used on patients, such as ventilators
- Prepares and administers and records prescribed medications. Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments
- Assists treating physician during examination, treatment and procedures, which can include life-saving situations
- Analyzes lab results
- Assists with the insertion or discontinuation of CV catheters, arterial lines, external ventricular drains, epidural catheters and endotracheal tubes, Foleys
- Provides education, information and emotional support to the patient's family and caregivers
- Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms
- Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting Depending on setting, may also:
- Float among various clinical services, where qualified and competent
Other Responsibilities
- Completes required orientation as directed by facility
- Follows facility and OSHA safety rules and procedures while on assignment
- Follows facility and GHR Unusual Occurrence Protocol
- Respects cultural and religious practices of patients
- Upholds HIPAA regulations
- Punctual and dependent for assigned/confirmed shifts
Credentials Required
BLS, NRP, & State RN License

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