Registered Nurse / Intensive Care Practitioner
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
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We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our critical care working within the multidisciplinary team to provide specialised nursing care for critically ill patients. Our 11 bedded unit has recently undergone a £1m refurbishment creating a much improved environment for both patients & staff featuring dimmable lights, wall murals and LED celling panels showcasing blue skies, clouds and trees.
You will be supported to complete the step competency framework designed to provide the core skills required to care for critically ill patients safely and progress towards the adult critical care course if appropriate.Your professional development will be promoted by our practice educators, professional nurse advocates & senior management team. Educational opportunities are promoted through a variety of methods including simulation and study days (both internally & externally) ensuring up to date evidence based quality care is delivered to patients.
Main duties of the job
Plan coordinate, implement & evaluate care for patients.Ensures that quality care and safety of patients are of paramount importance.Maintain a safe working environment, being aware of the necessity to comply with Health and safety regulations and the Environmental Health Act, and to attend mandatory training.Maintain safe custody of all drugs and medicines.The post holder, following suitable education and support will help in the smooth running of the critical care department.
We are a friendly and inclusive team with a common aim to provide a high standard of care to each patient, and to support their relatives through emotional and stressful events from admission to discharge.We promote and maintain the good health of each patient ensuring effective communication leads to continuation of care enhancing patient's confidence in their treatment.
We provide a highly skilled and professional team, collaborating together, to ensure 24-hour care in a safe, supportive environment.We recognise the physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs of all our patients, and the importance of confidentiality. We are continually updating our care according to research, to ensure that the highest standard of treatment is given.
Staff well being is crucial to providing the highest standards of care to our patients. We have fully trained Professional Nurse Advocates within critical care and the wider trust able to offer restorative clinical supervision. HDFT offer a dedicated employee assistance programme supporting staff well being and mental health.
Maintain a professional behaviour at all times and promote a positive image of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust demonstrating our trust values
Practice within the NMC/HCPC Code of Professional Conduct
To ensure care is delivered in accordance with latest evidence based practice guidelines
To ensure that patients and next of kin are informed as appropriate and as consented to by the patient themselves
To maintain up to date and comprehensive records of care in accordance with NMC/HCPC and legal requirements
Maintain patient confidentiality at all times
To be responsible for the unsupervised assessment of patient care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation of plans of care, ensuring high standards of evidence based care
To undertake all nursing procedures in accordance with Trust policies and ensure that these procedures and policies are understood and adhered to by all staff, within own management responsibility
Prepare bed areas for admission of critically ill patients ensuring all equipment is available, correctly assembled and functional
Assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care using evidence to rationalise care for both conscious and unconscious patients independently
Process diagnostic tests and obtain samples as requested by medical staff e.g. blood taking. Report results when available to appropriate staff
To be clinically competent in using all equipment available on the critical care area and be able to train others in its use e.g. ventilatory support; invasive pressure monitoring; intravenous infusion devices; near patient testing; dynamic mattress systems
Constantly observe patients haemodynamic and ventilatory status, accurately record observations and take appropriate actions, relaying abnormalities to colleagues within the MDT
Safely care for patients with multiple infusion devices, maintaining accurate fluid balance.
Assess patients level of consciousness, utilising appropriate tools. Report changes as appropriate. Safely care for aggressive and/or confused patients, maintaining a safe environment at all times for patients, staff and visitors
Participates in clinical procedures are required to prepare all equipment and safely care for the patient during and after the procedure independently (procedures dependent upon individuals area of practice).
Safely manage patients requiring continuous veno-venous hemodiafiltration.
Respond appropriately in emergency situations to support the multidisciplinary team in a cardiac arrest situation
Sensitively care for dying patients and their families, provide information and support. To be involved in organ donation processes as appropriate
Safely prepare patients for discharge. Communicate verbally and in writing relevant information to receiving wards, specialist clinical teams, patients and carers, and other disciplines e.g. Social Work Department
In times of need the post holder will be expected to support on both medical and surgical wards
To assist in the teaching and practice development of junior colleagues and students
To demonstrate the use of information and research findings to support and promote evidence based practice within the clinical area
To participate in research and audit within ICU
Leadership and Management:
Demonstrate effective time and resource management
To monitor and record planned vs actual staffing levels and escalate issues when necessary
Demonstrate the use of effective communication
In the absence of the Unit Sister/Charge nurse take charge of the unit (depending on experience & competence)
Have an awareness of cost implications and assist in the management of resources within the clinical area
Contribute to quality & service improvement projects
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).