Staff Nurse - Outpatients Department - Cranbrook

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Position – Staff Nurse – Outpatients Department - Kent
Location – Kent 
Salary – £23,000 - £28,500 depending on experience
Hours – Permanent Full Time or Part Time

My client is an independent hospital and charity who provide elective health care needs for members of the client as well as NHS and privately insured patients.  They are currently recruiting across their site and have some exciting opportunities, both full and part time, highly motivated, dynamic and flexible Registered Nurse to join their Outpatient team delivering a high standard of individual focused care to patients undergoing a variety of Outpatient consultations and procedures. 

As a nursing member of team, you will be required to have experience of medical, surgical or pre-operative assessment clinics, and possess the ambition to further develop your knowledge and skills across these diverse areas of nursing. You may be required to act as the nurse in charge in the absence of the Sister or Senior Staff Nurses, so should be someone who relishes such opportunities. 

Key Responsibilities

Plan  and  implement  high  standards  of  clinical  care  including  delivering  health  promotion  and 
discharge  advice  for  patients,  following  hospital  guidelines  and  protocols,  promoting  a  patientfocussed approach to care
Ensure patient care areas are safe, fit for purpose and effectively maintained 
Ensure patient information data is correctly recorded in the appropriate IT systems 
General supervision of junior members of the team, including providing clinical supervision/act as a  mentor,  being  accountable  for  Outpatients  in  the  absence  of  the  Sister  or  Service  Manager -  Outpatients

Where does role fit in organisation?
Reports to the Out-Patient Sister
Member of the clinical team within Outpatients with strong links to the Patient Administration Service Department and all clinical areas

Boundaries of role
The postholder will follow standard policies and procedures of work however they are expected to use their knowledge and initiative to make decisions regarding assessing and monitoring patient care in order to deliver the role effectively. 
Undertake a wide range of work procedures  using complex or sensitive information which will require the  use  of  initiative  and  analysis.  For  instance;  planning  and  implementing  care  of  patients  within Outpatients;  assessing  and  monitoring  patients  whilst  within  Outpatients,  carrying  out  health assessments  including  pre-operative  assessment  within  the  pre-assessment  clinics,  bookings  of tests, undertaking investigations, health promotion and teaching; ensuring data is correctly recorded on Oasis or other electronic software/paper notes
Administer drugs in line with NMC Standards for Administration of Medicines and follow the hospital’s Medicine Management Policy
Act as the patient’s advocate, maintaining their dignity at all times
Other duties will include undertaking basic tests such as; phlebotomy, ECG, breath tests, peak flows, bladder  scans  and  flow  rates,  pulse,  temperature,  respiratory  rate,  height,  weight  and  BMI calculations,  etc. Be able to interpret results and raise awareness of abnormal results. Analysis of tests is the responsibility of the relevant medical practitioner in the case
Other routine duties will include  helping use clinic rooms and equipment in a safe  way  at all times, 
acting as a link nurse in one aspect of clinical care,  arranging for bodily fluid spillages to be  cleared away  immediately,  and  all  waste  to  be  disposed  of  in  accordance  with  local  Policy.  Demonstrate compliance with the hospital’s policies for maintaining a safe environment, i.e. Infection Control, Hand Washing, Medicines Management
General supervision of junior members of the team, including allocating day to day work, appraisals 
and  (where  necessary)  training  development,  recruitment  and  selection,  absence  monitoring, providing clinical supervision/acting as a mentor where required. Be accountable for Outpatients in the absence of the Sister or Service Manager
Maintain professional development particularly through the national professional body, for instance by participating  in  audits  especially  for  monitoring  quality,  demonstrating  an  awareness  of research, proposing changes to working practices or procedures for the department, and recommending and implementing changes 
Contribute  to  budgetary  management  by  exercising  care  and  economy  in  the  ordering  and use  of equipment and consumables
Basic supporting activities such as undertaking administrative duties to support the department when required
Communicate with patients and their carers verbally and in writing as and when required, using tact, reassurance, discretion and maintaining confidentiality at all times 
Communicate with other staff members and stakeholders (i.e. external consultants, GPs, phlebotomy, other departments internal and external), verbally and in writing as and when required, concerning sometimes complex information, such as patient history and clinical procedures
There will be a frequent requirement for light physical effort, for instance, moving clinical equipment. 
The role is likely to have  predictable work patterns with a need for concentration whilst assisting in clinics. Work may be occasionally distressing.
The postholder will perform other duties appropriate to the post as may be required from time to time by the Sister or Service Manager - Outpatients or their deputies.

The postholder will may be required to work shifts, nights, weekends and bank holidays. 
The postholder will be expected to be a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council/Health and Care Professionals  Council  and  will  be  expected  to  abide  by  the  relevant  Code  of  Conduct  and  any supporting policies/procedures for clinical staff within the hospital.

Proven Knowledge, Training and Experience
Degree or equivalent experience 
Registered Nurse (with supporting PREP evidence) preferably with some Outpatient experience
Basic Life Support training or a willingness to undertake training
Good IT skills 
Basic phlebotomy, drug administration (IV and sub-cutaneous) and ECG monitoring experience or a willingness to undertake training
Proven ability to undertake multiple tasks under pressure
Mentorship experience or willingness to undertake training

Skills & Competencies
Effective verbal communication using tact and diplomacy
Excellent written skills
Strong prioritisation skills
Strong patient-centred approach

Pulse is an employment agency/employment business (as defined by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003) and is acting on behalf of its client in relation to this vacancy.

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