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This is advanced professional nursing work in the care and treatment of the physically and mentally ill.
Work involves assignment throughout the various medical, surgical, clinic, and psychiatric service in the institute. Employees in this class may serve as unit charge nurses; as members of the nursing team; or as scrub or circulating nurse in surgery. Work may require supervision of semi-professional and non-professionally trained personnel in clinic or surgical work. The Registered Professional Nurse is responsible for supervision and evaluation of team members, assisting the status of patients, and instructing patients and family members. Routine patient care duties are performed in accordance with established rules, regulations, and the standard practices of the profession and is reviewed through conferences, analysis of reports, and regular rounds by registered nurses of a higher level and physicians.


Provides general nursing service in complex patient care situations on an assigned hospital unit; gives all types of oral, intramuscular, and other medications, and records their administration; discusses patients' progress with doctors and nursing superiors and discusses and reviews judgements of patients' conditions.

Prepares operating room for a variety of operations; uses operative aseptic techniques; scrubs sterile and operative packs using sterile techniques; counts sponges received from circulating nurse and readies sutures for operation; gowns and gloves surgical team and assists in draping patient; positions suction tube on operative field; positions instrument table near working area and arranges basin for discarded instruments; passes instruments, sponges, and sutures to surgeons as required; gives surgeons sponge count before wound is closed; remains next to surgeons and patient during operation.

Collects sterile supplies as needed and readies them for individual operations; checks with surgeons regarding any special equipment requirements for specific operations; prepares preoperatively by shaving operative field and assisting in positioning and draping; checks cautery and suction apparatus for proper function; maintains a constant flow of sterile instruments and supplies between storage areas and scrub nurse's table;; assures that the surgeons and scrub nurse are not required to leave operative field.

Provides limited supervision of assigned clinic; assists other professional and non-professional personnel to set up outpatient clinics; admits and prepares patients for medical examination, and assists doctor in examining and treating patients; supplements physician's instructions by demonstrating and explaining to patients the therapies, medications, and treatment prescribed.

Keeps patients comfortable and encourages healthy mental attitudes.

Serves as charge nurse on rotating or assigned shift assuming responsibility for the nursing unit at that time.

Provides professional nursing care on intensive care units; monitors patients; conditions on electronic monitor; provides total nursing care to patients.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from an accredited two (2), three (3), or four (4) year school of nursing. In addition, employees must have a minimum of twelve (12) months experience in professional nursing work if a B.S. nursing graduate or a minimum of eighteen (18) months experience in professional nursing work is an A.A. nursing graduate or diploma nursing graduate; or a Master's degree in nursing and no experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Employees in this classification must be registered as a Professional Nurse in the state of Georgia.

Considerable knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice, including specialty area where assigned.

Some knowledge of the rules, regulations, and policies of the institution.

Ability to adapt nursing techniques to complex patient care situations and to direct the work of semi-professional and non-professional personnel in the performance of the tasks involved in the administration of an assigned clinic, hall, or unit of the hospital.

Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instruction in detail.

Ability to use previous training and experience in making rapid and sound decisions with respect to patients in the absence of medical and nursing superiors.

Ability to maintain adequate records of nursing and related services.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, physicians, associates, subordinates, and the public and relatives of the patient.



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