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RN Navigator - Pre-Anesthesia Care (PAAC)

Company: CARLE
Location: Normal
Posted on: October 7, 2021

Job Description:

The nurse navigator will make sure all pre-anesthesia requirements are completed < /= 7 days before surgery. They will also make the report calls to inform the patient when they need to arrive for surgery, which included what medications to take. Acts as an advocate to assist patients/families/caregivers throughout the pre-surgical process. Applies the nursing process through assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the patient's pre-anesthesia clearance/preparedness, and provides education and support to the surgical patient respective to their current health state/plan of care.

  • Resource to ensure that the pre anesthesia requirements are completed.
  • Maintains knowledge of all tests, medications, and possible contraindications associated with anesthesia.
  • Monitors and updates the surgical clearance workque.
  • Completion of Pre-Op checklists< /=48 hours prior to surgery date.
  • Works with PAAC providers and PCP's in obtaining additional tests/forms.
  • Provides support and direction to surgery schedulers, surgeon's office, and OR schedulers.
  • Serves as a liaison with the surgeon's office, PCP, DHI, ASC, Pre-Op, outside surgeons office, and OR.
  • Maintains knowledge of all tests, medications, and possible contraindications associated with anesthesia.
  • Performs the pre-day calls to patients having surgery, (including surgical report time, medications to take the morning of surgery following anesthesia guidelines).
  • Ensures the patient is ready for surgery by checking the H&P is complete, labs and tests are reviewed and the patient has been cleared.
  • Performs the Pre-Day calls to patients having surgery at Main OR or Champaign ASC ( includes surgery report time, review of medications to take in AM following anesthesia policy and answer any questions)
  • Completes the VTE score if needed at Pre-Day call
  • Reinforces diet/bowel preps with patients at Pre-Day call
  • Reinforces the CHG bath instructions with patients at Pre-Day call

Keywords: CARLE, Normal , RN Navigator - Pre-Anesthesia Care (PAAC), Other , Normal, Illinois

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