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St. Lawrence Health System ICU Registered Nurse in Potsdam, New York

Job Summary

The registered nurse provides assessment, care planning and direct delivery of treatment utilizing professional nursing care processes in a patient and family centered manner in accordance with licensure and regulatory scope and standards, and established hospital policies, procedures and protocols.

Core Responsibilities

  • Performs a comprehensive patient assessment to identify patient and family needs.

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive plan of care involving the patient and the family.

  • Performs and documents direct patient and family centered care and patient education according to nursing standards of practice.

  • Be able to work in Intermediate Level of Care Area as directed.

  • Identifies and responds to patient conditions to achieve positive patient outcomes.

  • Respond to Full Trauma Activations in our Level III Trauma ED and assist with care per protocol.

  • Float to Emergency Department and perform as directed

  • Performs discharge planning to ensure safe and appropriate transition of care.

  • Perform in the charge nurse role and to direct and delegate care provided by unlicensed team members.

  • Provides world class customer service to patients and families.

    A Critical Care Nurse can perform the following functions in the absence of a physician:

    1.) Administer 02

    2.) Start IV

    3.) Administer drugs per ACLS protocol, CCU and hospital policy and procedure, excluding controlled substances.

    4.) Perform procedures in accordance with ACLS protocols, i.e. CPR, defibrillation, cardioversion

    5.) Use the temporary transcutaneous pacemaker.

    The RN may also assist the physician with the insertion and care of a pacemaker, central line as well as arterial line, and discontinuing catheters as ordered as well as:

  • Operate EKG monitors at the central station and be able to distinguish rhythms and arrhythmias

  • Administer and titrate IV medications as ordered to include Tridil, Nipride, Dobutrex, Dopamine, Lidocaine, Fentanyl, Pronestyl, Diprovan, Cardizem, Insulin, Levophed, Aggrastat, Amiodarone as well as other medication ordered such as Versed and Paralytic medications.

  • Administer Thrombolytic agents under direct supervision of an MD

  • Extubate patients when ordered

  • Manage ventilated patients, ventilator settings as well as BIPAP and CPAP

  • Obtain 12 –lead EKG

  • Operate external as well as internal pacemaker as indicated

  • Assist MD with all approved procedures that may include cardioversion, bronchoscopy, pleural biopsy, intubations, thoracentesis or paracentesis

  • Complete iSTAT testing

    Additional Required Experience:

    Required: Registered nurse with 2 years of medical-surgical nursing/charge nurse experience.

    Preferred: Register nurse with a minimum of 1-2 years of recent critical care/Intermediate Level of Care/charge nurse experience. Nationally Certified (ACCN). Required to obtain CCRN within two years of hire.

    Work at least 37.5 hours a year in a critical care area to include CCU, ER or PACU.


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Location : Name LinkedCanton-Potsdam Hospital

Job LocationsUS-NY-Potsdam

ID 2021-7574

Type Per Diem

Shift 12 Hour

Shift Details 12Hr: 7am - 7pm w-variable shifts possible as needed

Category Licensed / Certified / Registered Professions

Job Location : AddressCPH Main Campus

Required Level Associate's Degree

Required Field Graduate of an accredited nursing school program

Preferred Level Bachelor's Degree

Licensure /Certification Required: Current, unrestricted New York State registered professional nursing license. | Upon hire, documented completion ACCN Critical Care course and/or Critical Care Course approved by Canton-Potsdam Hospital. | | AHA BLS upon hire | AHA ACLS (at time of hire) | AHA PALS (at time of hire) | TCAR within six months of hire | TNCC within one year of hire | | Preferred: National Certification (CCRN)

Contract NYSNA

Date Posted 5/4/2021