Seasoned Ortho/Neuro Nurses, I need your assistance.
I'm a new nurse working in Ortho/Neuro/Trauma (I also float to general MedSurg), and I am trying to update my resume. This is my first nursing job since passing NCLEX, and I having difficulty writing my job responsibilities.
The floor that I work on receives trauma patients (stabs, falls, shootings, motorcycle crashes, motor vehicle accidents, occupational/freak accidents, sports injuries, and elective surgeries) that result in fractures, lacerations, closed head injuries, subarachnoid/subdural hematomas... Some patients are on the floor for 24hr observation; after which they are admitted, transferred to an ICU or discharged. Others are scheduled for ORIFs, IM Nails, Spinal Disk Fusions, Incision & Evacuation, STSGs, Muscle Flaps, Incision & Drainage... The post-op patients have wound vacs, hemovacs, JP drains, external fixators, ace wraps/splints, immobilizers, TLSO braces, hinge braces, traction, CPM machines, NG/Peg tubes... On my particular floor, there is a lot of pain medication administration, PCA pump maintenance, wound care/dressing changes and education on pain management, mobility, and self care.
How do I write my job description so that it communicates succinctly what it is that I do as an Ortho/Neuro/Trauma Nurse? I have a copy of my job description to reference, but it seems very vague to me.
It states:Under general supervision, provides functions of a professional nurse providing direct patient care by assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care of assigned patiens; may provide guidance and direction to health care personnel....
All nurses provide direct patient care, patient/family education, dispense medication...