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    Operating Theatre - Nairobi, Kenya - Aga Khan University Hospital

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    Aga Khan University Hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan and Nairobi, Kenya are private, not-for-profit institutions providing high quality health care. The Main Hospitals serve as the principal sites for clinical training for the University's Medical Colleges and Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan and East Africa

    Responsibilities:
    Ensure complete pre-op assessment including the surgical checklist, nursing documentation and physician's assessment
    Receive the patient prior to surgery, gets report from the accompanying nurse and performs pre-op checklist.
    Circulate and assist as needed for minor surgeries under supervision
    Ensure effective recovery of stable patients post any form of anaesthesia.
    Assists with intubation and extubation of patient in the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and if required in the Operating Room (OR)
    Communicate with anaesthetist and primary teams regarding patient issues and shifting plans.
    Promptly report both clinical and non-clinical unusual findings to the nurse manager or designee
    Identify patient and family learning needs and initiate appropriate teaching
    Perform pain assessment and initiate analgesia as required
    Ensure that nursing documentation is timely, comprehensive and complete
    Ensure all specimens are properly labelled and delivered to the lab in a timely manner
    Provide safe environment for patients through adherence to infection control practices and other safety policies
    Be able to recognize a patient in a pre-arrest or arrest states and initiate Basic Life Support
    Dispose of clinical and non-clinical waste safely in accordance with Aga Khan University Hospital guidelines on waste management
    Administer medication safely, monitor patient responses to medication and promptly report adverse reactions

    Care of equipment through cleaning, storage, per shift check of the inventory and timely reporting and follow up on non-functional equipment to the nurse manger designee.

    Participate in unit based nursing education, quality improvement (QI) projects, audits, spot checks and skill checks
    Provide patients with perioperative care in procedure, operating, and recovery rooms
    Scrub Circulate and assist as needed for all surgical cases

    Ensure that the operating room runs smoothly and all necessary surgical supplies and equipment are available prior to patient entering the OR.

    Assist in the maintenance and storage of surgical equipment and report immediately
    Evaluate surgical patients prior to surgery and in postoperative phases
    Communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of postoperative care
    Apply aseptic and sterile techniques to medical instruments and equipment before, during, and after surgery
    Alleviate patients' concerns by answering questions and providing postoperative care instructions
    Prepare patients for surgery by disinfecting their skin at the operation site and positioning them on the operating table
    Adhere to all relevant health and safety standards


    Requirements:
    RN from a recognized school of nursing or university
    Current licensure with the Nursing Council of Kenya
    Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)
    Higher Diploma in Peri-operative Theatre Nursing is an added advantage
    Demonstrate evidence based knowledge of current practices in theater nursing

    Skills and qualifications

    In-depth knowledge of surgical operation procedures
    Highly skilled at assessing patients prior to surgery and providing them with perioperative care
    Extensive knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques
    Ability to collaborate with surgeons and other healthcare professionals
    Solid understanding of patient health and safety standards
    Excellent organizational skills

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