Registered Nurse (RN), Part-Time - ASC

El Paso, TX
Operations/Health Services – Health Services
Part-Time
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas offers comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. We are here to educate and care for healthy communities.   We believe the needs of our community are greater than they’ve ever been. And that drives us to work harder, aim higher, and expect more from one another. Here, you'll be empowered to make an immediate impact for our organization and clients.

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package:

Excellent Medical and Dental Benefit Plans
Retirement plan and employer match
Generous Paid Time Off.   
Plus Additional Benefits.

Position Title: Registered Nurse (RN), Part-Time (scheduled to work 24 hours/week)
Location: El Paso, TX
Reports To: Health Center Manager
Employment Status: Part-Time, Non-exempt.
Grade: C-5

Summary

    • Provides direct nursing care to clients during the surgical abortion procedure and for recovery care for post surgical abortion period.  The RN works in partnership with the Health Center Manager, Clinician, and Physician to provide quality patient care and excellent customer service.  Participates as a member of a team providing confidential, quality patient services, allowing patients to maintain a sense of dignity, trust and safety.   Follows organization protocols, policies and procedures and any center-specific policies and procedures.  Ensures productivity expectations, customer service and compliance standards are maintained.  Abides by the organization’s mission in performing job duties. 

Essential Job Functions & Expectations

    • Procedure Room:
    • Ensures that any client who requests an abortion is aware that she may change her decision at any time and will be provided with alternatives and will receive accurate information and appropriate referrals.
    • Starts and monitors intravenous (IV) injection for administering medication and sedation per agency protocol and physician orders.
    • Assists physician in the procedure room. Assist in all aspects of abortion procedure, including performing vital signs and lab work, assisting physician during procedure while being supportive of client, and assisting in recovery room as indicated.
    • Notifies physician of any medical problem or other special concerns of client that may relate to the abortion or choice of birth control method.
    • May assist in the set-up and clean-up of exam rooms.
    • Performs basic ultrasonography for gestational dating after completion of ultrasound training and under the direction of the physician.
    • Dispenses medications to the client as directed by the abortion physician.
    • At the end of each procedure day, secures all medication used in the procedure room in a locked and designated area for pharmaceutical storage. 
    • Maintains accurate inventory of all drugs used in the procedure room.
    • Recovery Room: 
    • Provides nursing supervision of the recovery room.
    • Monitors clients in the post-abortion recovery room.
    • Dispenses medications to the client as directed by the abortion physician.
    • Reviews post-abortion aftercare instructions with client.
    • Administers Rhogam to Rh negative patients and discusses scant tissue follow-up as indicated.
    • Reviews birth control information and assesses contraindications and risks to oral contraceptives.
    • Maintains client statistics to be given to on-call staff.
    • Maintains accurate inventory of all drugs that are dispensed in the recovery room.
    • Monitors vital signs.
    • Monitors patients’ bleeding.
    • Removes heplock when patients are stable.
    • Recognizes and reports signs of abortion complications to the physician or nurse clinician.
    • Informs client of need for post-abortion follow-up.
    • Completes appropriate cleanup of the recovery room at the end of each clinic including but not limited to locking up medications, cleaning recliners, emptying trash.
    • General duties: 
    • Practices nursing within the scope of a registered nurse and in accordance with agency protocols and policies.
    • Accurately documents patient charts.
    • Provides health education for reproductive health issues as needed.
    • Consults with organization physician when deviates from standard medical protocols. 
    • Complies with infection control, safety, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) standards.
    • Understands and complies with policies regarding patient rights. 
    • Ensures that informed consent has been obtained before any procedures are initiated.
    • Knows and adheres to the requirements of the Woman’s Right to Know Act, parental consent for minors seeking abortion, and the screening and reporting of child abuse.
    • Creates and maintains an environment of dignity and safety for patient sensitivity and privacy.
    • Provides direct nursing care to clients.
    • Provides on-call and health center coverage as scheduled. 
    • Provides patient management to ensure that patients are provided responsible and efficient care.
    • May audit charts to ensure compliance with regulations.
    • Ensures that all emergency equipment is available and in proper working order prior to each clinic.
    • Understands and complies with all PPGT pharmacy policies, including those related to medication administration and narcotic handling.
    • Assists in monitoring medical supply inventory in the recovery room.
    • Responds quickly and efficiently during patient care emergencies (e.g. assisting patient to floor if fainting to limit patient injury, immediately calling for assistance and emergency cart, efficiently able to insert IV catheter, performing CPR, if indicated).
    • Provides health education for reproductive health issues as needed.
    • Completes all employee training requirements including handling of situations involving conduct that endangers the welfare of minors and mandatory reporting requirements.
    • Takes personal responsibility to remain informed about family planning methods, abortion issues and technology, policies, protocols, procedures, and services offered at our health centers.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain appropriate credentials and certifications.
    • Has unrestricted access to client protected health information (PHI) on paper and electronic forms for purposes of treatment, payment, and/or healthcare operations.  The use of a client’s protected health information should be limited to information needed for the specific task that is being performed or requested by the individual client.  Disclosure of any client information must be for purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operation OR must be accompanied by a valid authorization.
    • Ensures achievement of agency goals, vision and mission. 
    • Celebrates and exemplifies the core values of our organization:  Respect; Honesty, Integrity & Straightforwardness; Advocacy for the Poor; Quality Service; and Creativity within the context of Best Practices.
    • Other related duties as assigned.
    • Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.

Minimum Education

    • Assoc degree in Nursing or BS in Nursing from accredited institution; BSN desired.

Minimum Experience

    • Preferred experience:  surgery, abortion, and/or women’s health.

Required Licenses or Certifictaions

    • Possess a valid registered nurse license issued by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners or a license issued under a multi-state licensure privilege with another compact state. BLS and ACLS certifications required.

Agency Standards

    • Must have excellent computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet. Must have the willingness and ability to adapt to change including advances or new technology. Must have excellent customer service skills and be committed to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Must be able to work on days when surgical services are provided.
    • Must be able to travel within and outside organization region as job dictates.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain BLS and ACLS certifications. 
    • Bilingual in Spanish/English desired (if a job requirement it is documented in your employee records and periodic assessments of fluency will be performed)
    • Ability to think strategically and achieve organization’s goals relating to position.
    • Ability to provide oversight of compliance and regulatory requirements pertaining to position.
    • Possess effective analytical skills.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
    • Ability to manage intense stress with multiple competing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude and affect.
    • Ability to find humor in day-to-day challenges while being focused on solutions.
    • Know and conform to the Texas Nursing Practice Act and to the rules and regulations of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (BNE), and to all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations affecting nursing practice in ambulatory surgery services.
    • Know and conform to Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 135: Abortion Facility Reporting and Licensing Rules.
    • Demonstrates competency in meeting educational and professional standards
    • Ability to manage details and complexity, to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and to work under pressure.
    • Ability to exercise initiative, sound judgment, and problem-solving techniques in the decision-making process.
    • Ability to effectively use organization’s computer systems.
    • Skilled in verbal and written communications.
    • Requires an understanding of and commitment to quality healthcare and excellent customer service.
    • Be discrete and safe guard confidential information. • Possess integrity and compliance – can be relied upon to act ethically.
    • Demonstrates cultural and linguistic competence.
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
    • Affiliate Knowledge:   Understands the mission and structure of the affiliate and exhibits agency’s core values. 
    • Industry Awareness:  Remains aware PPFA accreditation standards and of the reproductive health environment’s regulatory compliance requirements. Understands how accreditation standards, regulatory agencies, funding, the external marketplace and competitive environment drives change within the agency.
    • Organizational Commitment: Demonstrates an ability and willingness to align one’s own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the agency.
    • Straightforwardness: Communicates with those who have a need to know information rather than speaking behind someone’s back. Expresses ideas and opinions which take into account the best interest of them, others and the affiliate. Resolves disagreements and conflict by truthfully and respectfully expressing impact of others’ actions or words upon them. Actively listens to the ideas and opinions of others.
    • Achievement Orientation: Demonstrates desire to set and meet challenging objectives, to find a better or more efficient way to do things, and to compete against a self-defined standard of excellence.
    • Quality Service: Looks for ways to continuously improve service provided to clients, co-workers, donors, volunteers and the community.
    • Attention to Detail: Demonstrates thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small.
    • Planning/Organizing: Establishes a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishments of a specific objective. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively.
    • Work Management:  Effectively manages time as a resource; establishes realistic priorities; schedules own time and activities effectively; gives balanced focus and attention to appropriate long- and short-term priorities.  Develops action plans and budgets; leverages technology; anticipates obstacles; establishes check points and monitors progress.
    • Recovery Skills:   Responds effectively and acknowledges responsibilities when clients (internal or external) experience problems or mistakes; rectifies the situation to restore client satisfaction; seeks information and collaborates with others to take action to implement permanent fixes. Maintains stable performance and emotions when faced with opposition, pressure, and or stressful conditions.
    • Customer Service Orientation: Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external client needs in a manner that exceeds clients’ expectations. Identifies additional needs of the client beyond their current need. Understands and finds solutions within the parameters of what is available. Gains trust and support of peers.
    • Interpersonal Sensitivity: Acts in a way that indicates understanding and accurate interpretation of others’ concerns, feelings, strengths and limitations. Uses interpersonal understanding to shape one’s own response.
    • Building Relationships: Shows genuine interest in others’ needs and opinions; establishes rapport; earns the confidence and trust of others; demonstrates consistency between words and actions; delivers on commitments.
    • Communication:   Speaks and presents effectively in individual or group situations, including appropriate nonverbal communication.  Expresses ideas in a clear, thorough and concise manner.  Actively listens to what others say.  Writes using good grammatical form and appropriate style.  Expresses ideas in a clear, thorough and concise manner.
    • Teamwork: Able to develop cooperation and work collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties.
    • Problem Solving:  Gathers and analyzes information from a variety of sources to identify issues and develop strategies for accomplishing goals; breaks a problem or issue into manageable, actionable parts; identifies important relationships and root causes; anticipates issues, obstacles or opportunities that may impacts plans or action.
    • Procedural Competence: Applies, maintains & improves extensive specialized knowledge or skills to accomplish a result.
    • Judgment: Demonstrates the ability to make decisions authoritatively and wisely, after adequately contemplating various available courses of action.
    • Advocacy: Supports others and actively contributes to Planned Parenthood’s success; celebrates others’ successes; collaborates across functions and departments to meet internal and external client needs.
    • Adaptability or Flexibility:  Responds with flexibility to shifting priorities and changing work situations; recovers quickly from problems and setbacks; develops new skills to remain competitive. Adapts easily to change, sees the merits of differing positions, and adapts own positions and strategies in response to new information or changes to a situation.
    • Integrity: Builds trust and matches actions and words.
    • Coping with Demands of the Position: Uses effective problem solving while working under stress, high volume of work demands and/or time demands; regularly meets deadlines.
    • Celebrates and exemplifies the core values of our organization:  Respect; Honesty, Integrity & Straightforwardness; Advocacy for the Poor; Quality Service; and Creativity within the context of Best Practices.

Other

    • Diversity creates a healthier environment: equal opportunity employer.  We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination of any kind, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, physical or mental disability, age, past, present or prospective military service, HIV status, family medical history or genetic information, socio-economic circumstances, language spoken or any other basis protected by law.  We are a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace

Essential Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

    • Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, and grasp.  Must be able to stand, particularly for sustained periods of time.  Must be able to move about on foot to accomplish tasks, such as moving from one work site to another. Must be able to push/pull.   Must be able to work primarily with fingers such as picking, pinching, or typing.  Must be able to perceive attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.  Must be able to talk such as convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately.  Must be able to hear such as the ability to receive detailed communication orally.  Must be able to communicate effectively. Will have substantial movements of the wrists,  hands, and/or fingers.  Subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, or exposure to infectious diseases. Must be able to lift and/or exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.  Must be able to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.  Health Center environment.