The University of Kansas Health System

  • Charge RN

    Department Bone, Joint, and Spine Unit
    Shift Days - Full-Time
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  • Position Summary

    The nursing unit is looking for a full-time day charge nurse to work 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  The Bone, Joint & Spine Center has many unique features that make it stand out from a typical hospital stay.

    • Smaller unit, which allows more one-on-one time for you with the staff
    • Commitment to helping you control pain following surgery and with physical therapy
    • Individual patient education so you can achieve the best results from your surgery, recover quicker and get back to your activities
    • Focus on independence through rehabilitation
    • Hip ande Knee Replacement Certification from DNV-GL 
    • #of Beds on Unit:  11

    • Nurse to Patient Ratio: 5/1



    Essential Functions:

    • Collects and assesses initial and on-going data about the health status of the patient.
    • Initiates and/or revises an individualized plan of care that includes immediate and long-term outcomes for the patient/family and reflects the plan of the entire health care team.
    • Carries out interventions safely and in compliance with policy to facilitate achievement of expected outcomes.
    • Evaluates patient response to intervention/therapy based upon expected outcomes.
    • Provides patient education by explaining procedures, medications and giving instructions at a level the patient can understand; addresses patient’s questions and concerns; verifies patient informed consent when indicated.
    • Documents and communicates all required components of patient care.
    • Provides direct patient care in the inpatient perioperative setting.

    Knee Hip Replacement Essential Functions:

    • Reviews hip/knee patient’s preoperative vital signs, level of consciousness, comfort level, pain level, range of motion, and documentation
    • Administers proper IV fluids and antibiotics as prescribed by physician
    • Monitors incision area for infection and use proper aseptic techniques to reduce the risk of infections
    • Monitors urinary catheter (if one is present) and/or urinary output
    • Checks oxygen level and monitor post-operative vital signs
    • Assesses for blood clot prevention measures and administer anti-coagulation drugs as ordered, and check compression devices regularly to help in prevention of blood clots
    • Provides assistance with mobility in and out of bed, and early ambulation
    • Provides medication and/or use of alternative methods to decrease pain levels; reassess as needed
    • Educates hip/knee patient on discharge procedures of pain management, medications, incision care, use of assistive devices and follow-up appointments and instructions

    HIPAA:  This position will have access to the following Protected Health Information in order to carry out the duties related to their position at Hays Medical Center based on the following criteria:

    Primary – required (routine) to do the job;
    Secondary – required for the job, but mostly be exception; and
    None – no approved access
    Description of InformationLevel 
    Patient Demographic Information (information used to identify a person): Name, Date of Birth, Address, Race, Marital Status, ReligionPrimary 
    Financial Information/Insurance (information related to insurance, billing and payment): Billing Information, Payer Name, Payer ID, Account Balances, Plan Elements Covered, Payment Information, Payment RatesSecondary 
    Clinical Information (information that describes a patient’s health status): Diagnosis, Reports/Medical Notes, Test Results, Problem List, Procedures, History and PhysicalPrimary 
    Coding Information (clinical information that is in (alpha) numeric format): ICD-9 Codes, Rev Codes, CPT CodesNone 


    Education/Experience: One year RN expereince requred. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (BSN required or must obtain within 4 years of employment); knowledge of general nursing theory and practice required; knowledge of principles, methods and techniques involved in performing general nursing services and adapting or modifying standards of nursing practices for care of specific medical cases.  Minimum of one year experience caring for patients with orthopedic diseases and disorders such as arthritis, bone fractures, broken bones and joint replacements is preferred.  Maintains a minimum of 4 hours annually in Knee/Hip education.

    Certificates and Licenses: Current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in the State of Kansas or has work permit from the State Board of Nursing; BLS certification required or must complete BLS certification with in the first two weeks of employment; Certified medical/surgical registered nurse, certified rehabilitation registered nurse or certified orthopedic nurse preferred.


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