Quote from RPN_2012
I applied for a job at an endoscopy clinic, I don't have any experience in that area, I'm a fairly recent grad (June 2012) and I applied there just tryjng to get out of my current job where I work nights only at a retirement residence. Long story short I was offered a trial shift later this week at the clinic and was told I will be working with the recovery room nurse. I'm not sure if this trial shift is instead of a formal interview or what not... All I would like to ask is any advice you have about this kind of role. What should I expect...and what material should I review from nursing school other than the obvious: the digeative system. I want to be very prepared because I really want this job.
I would really appreciate any advice!!
Pretty much what everyone outlined. And can't stress this enough (assuming this is a busy clinic) get the patients out the door quickly! You'll more than likely be doing it to the point where the patients will comment on how this feels like a "revolving door" or an "assembly line". I do find this aspect of it wrong though, shouldn't be pushing patients out the door so quickly. We don't provide wheel chairs unless the person is disabled (chances are they will have their own anyways) or they are severely weakened by the procedure.
The best advice I can give you is 1) always perform a patient assessment while taking vitals. Don't start the BP machine then walk off somewhere, always watch your patient while they are still under. 2) Document everything! 3) anything you feel is over your control inform the MDs immediately. 4) Do not take the IV out until the patient is alert and awake and verbally tells you that they aren't feeling pain of discomfort. Simple advice, but can be overlooked especially if you're juggling 2-3 patients.
Recovery is at a clinic is generally pretty straight forward.
At our clinic, we help the anesthesiologist wheel the patient into the recovery area. Hook up the BP and O2 sat monitor, take 3 rounds of vitals (resp, BP,hr, o2), more if complications, wake the pt up if needed, offer snacks/drink, make sure pt is well, take out IV, bring pts ride back, bring pts discharge summary, explain discharge information and answer preliminary questions pt wants to know, MD comes in and talks to pt, gets pt up and has them get dressed, have them ding a copy and have them walk out with their ride sTypically that's how it goes.