Hi, I just recently start working at an outpatient endoscopy center as my first nursing job. I will eventually be the only RN working at a time and feel somewhat nervous especially if an emergency were to occur. I plan to become ACLS certified as soon as possible, but the MD I work for did not seemed to be too concerned about it and said as long as I get it within the next month or so it is fine. Most of patients we do see are stable, but you never know what could happen which scares me especially because the MD no longer gets ACLS certified and when I ask about the anesthesiologist being certified people just says well yeah he is "supposed to be." So basically is this normal, or something I should definitely be worried about?
Also, as the RN I will be responsible for getting the informed consent for the procedure and anesthesia signed. I know this is outside my scope of practice if it is not just witnessing the signature, but how do I make sure that this is all it is other than asking the patient is they understand the procedure and if the MD has already explained everything to them? Everything is computerized and I cannot write anywhere that I am just a witness to them signing.
For the most part I feel comfortable with the job, but I guess since I did not get any formal training from the previous RN I just want to be clear what is typical of a RN outpatient endo nurse doing admits and post procedure duties.
I appreciate any advice and tips!