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Registered Nurse – Theatre / Day Surgery

  |   Posted on September 16, 2021

If you are seeking a work/life balance, a supportive and welcoming team and organisation that embraces change to ensure the best possible outcomes for our residents and patients then look no further. Also available are afternoon and evening shifts for our theatre operating suite.

You will be responsible for thoroughly cleaning a range of areas with attention to detail, excellent attendance and a strong work ethic. You will also have the ability to walk, stand, reach and bend for extended periods at a time and to lift and move items.

All applicants must hold a satisfactory working with children check and national police record check. Experience in cleaning an aged care or health care setting is preferred.

A full Position Description can be found on our website at www.neerimhealth.org.au

Applications quoting position title, addressing the key selection criteria, and including a curriculum vitae and 2 recent professional referees should be addressed to Alexandra Blackwood, hr@neerimhealth.org.au

Full position Description

Position Title:

Registered Nurse – Theatre /Day Surgery


Organisation wide

Reports to:

Nurse Unit Manager Theatre & Associate Nurse Unit Manager

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Our Purpose

To provide high quality care in an environment in which the organisation can flourish

Our Vision

To be considered the most highly valued provider of community and individual wellbeing

Our Values

A passion and commitment for what we do

Professionalism, respect for all and a commitment to diversity and social inclusion

A commitment to quality and continuous improvement

Enthusiasm in working together for a common goal to meet the changing needs of our community

Neerim Health (NH) is a private not for profit entity owned by its members. It is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012) and is located in the township of Neerim South with a population of 1300.
NH has a 90-year history serving the community and there is strong community support and ownership of the organisation. NH has a Board of Management elected from the local community who have a strong mix of professional skills and an active interest in the community and its development.
The organisation has a mix of services including:

  • 25 register residential aged care beds with full Accreditation achieved in April 2018
  • 8 hospital beds
  • Operating Theatre Unit performing ophthalmic, endoscopic and dental procedures
  • 10 bed surgical day procedure unit
  • Commonwealth funded Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Packages
  • NH is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services as a private hospital
  • Provision of Meals on Wheels services

NH has the equivalent of 40 full time staff made up of approximately 90 full time, part time or casual staff. There is also a very active volunteer base.

The Registered Nurse is responsible to the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM), Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) and Director of Nursing for the provision of high quality comprehensive and individualised patient care. The Registered Nurse practices according to their own level of educational preparedness and competence.

  • Perform duties within the context of NH philosophy, values and policies and procedures
  • Acknowledge and respect the diversity in the nature of our residents, patients and clients and the many aspects of their lives – physical, psychological, spiritual and social
  • Work as per your contract of employment, relevant Award / Agreement and agreed roster
  • Read and understand all policies and procedures including all revised policies and procedural documents
  • Understand and work within the Risk / Quality Management Framework including policies, procedures, tools, templates and reports as applicable throughout the organisation
  • Work within the parameters of general legislative compliance – including but not limited to OHS laws and guidelines, Fair Work Australia Act, Aged Care Act, Privacy Act, Health Records Act
  • Follow the objectives of the strategic and operational plans as directed by the CEO

Clinical Care

  • Provide high quality patient/ care in partnership with patients and their significant others, and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Assume responsibility for direct nursing care in accordance with the model of care of the unit and National Safety & Quality Healthcare Standards.
  • Practice in accordance with the relevant standards prescribed by the APHRA and NH Clinical policies and procedures.
  • Incorporating principles of ethical decision making and using evidence based practice, formulate, implement and evaluate patient care plans.
  • Recognise changes in the patient’s condition, take necessary action and document variation in the plan of care.
  • Recognise and report adverse events and incidents to Nurse Unit Manager or delegate.
  • Starting from the initial episode of care, develop an effective discharge plan that reflects the need of the patient/resident and significant others.

Customer Service/Patient or Resident Safety and Comfort

  • Ensure customer safety and comfort
  • Facilitate and maintain effective communication with patients
  • Identifies and reports to NUM & ANUM ways to improve service delivery to patients
  • Ensure patient/ care is of high standard and promotes safety, comfort, dignity, privacy and choice.
  • Ensure patient/ care is of high standard and promotes safety, comfort, dignity, privacy and choice.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate care to meet needs of individual patients

Documentation and Shift Administration

  • Ensure the optimal use of all resources within the unit to provide patient centred care.
  • Check equipment required for each shift and report faulty equipment.
  • Adhere to relevant documentation systems and ensure high standard of completed documentation.
  • Utilise information technology effectively to support role

Improving Performance

  • Contribute to quality service delivered to customers through Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
  • Actively contribute to improving performance.
  • Implement Accreditation Standards and other relevant Standards within the Unit.
  • Maintain knowledge of the relationship between quality improvement, risk management and incident forms, and ensure all incidents, near misses, hazards, etc. are reported
  • Contributes to the implementation and evaluation of quality systems

Regulatory Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulatory requirements, professional standards and guidelines.
  • Comply with the nursing professional code of ethics and conduct.
  • Demonstrate professional practice in accordance with ARHRA standards for the Registered Nurse.
  • Completion of applicable annual mandatory training requirements:
    Basic Life Support, No –Lift, Manual Handling, Fire & Evacuation, Infection Control-hand hygiene, Annual Clinical Competency and Asepsis
  • Implement the standards of health and safety and comply with OH&S legislative employee requirements.
  • Report workplace injuries to Nurse Unit Manager/DON
  • Identify and report clinical risks to NUM or delegate
  • Ensure NH policy and procedures are implemented.
  • Comply with relevant legislative Acts, e.g. OH&S Act 2004, Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
  • Report concerns/breaches to Nurse Unit ManagerDON
  • maintain infection control standards.
  • Undertakes campus Infection Control activities.
  • Comply with employee relation legislation and NH Code of Conduct requirements.
  • Report concerns/breaches to Nurse Unit ManagerDON

Team Work

  • Function as a team member consistent with the policies and procedures of the Health Service.
  • Achieve teamwork through effective collaboration and communication processes, recognise roles of, and collaborate with team members in the wider health care team.
  • Complete delegated work tasks effectively and appropriately.
  • Recognise and seek assistance from appropriate staff members when tasks fall outside of ability.
  • Contributes to the orientation and welcoming of new staff to the unit and the team.
  • Contributes to the teams through committee membership or supporting colleagues fulfilling committee membership.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Ensure provision of care services that meet the individual needs of the patient
  • Ensure clinical care meets the individual social, spiritual, cultural and physical needs of patients.
  • Completes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to maximize individual care for each patient
  • Promote and respect the rights of all patients

Professional/Personal Development

  • Commit to ongoing education and personal development.
  • Negotiate clinical learning objectives with the NUM/DON
  • Identify own learning and development needs, actively pursue and participate in relevant educational programs and personal development activities
  • Maintain current professional knowledge and skills relevant to the position

  • The employee is required to maintain strict confidentiality with reference to all matters pertaining to patients within the Health Service and externally. Failure to observe this requirement may be regarded as misconduct warranting termination and incurring liability to penalty pursuant to Section 141 of the Health Services Act 1988.
  • The employee is required to participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement Program to encourage excellence of care within the Health Service.
  • The employee is required to adhere to NH Code of Conduct.

A self-appraisal of professional work performance will be completed in each rotation, identifying learning needs. Self-appraisal to be discussed with/conducted by relevant Nurse Unit Manager in consultation with the DON.

  • An APRHA Registered Nurse Division 1
  • Demonstrate successful completion of a three year Bachelor of Nursing qualification or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the aged care sector and knowledge of aged care funding models and process
  • Previous experience in Perioperative Area and/or Day Surgery
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical and advisory skills
  • Strong personal ethics and a conscientious approach
  • Commitment to continuous quality improvement
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage many different demands and work priorities.

  • Registered Nurse Division 1 – APHRA registered in Victoria

  • Experience in Peioperative Area/Day Surgery
  • Experience in a Not for Profit organisation

  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with your individual employment agreement and the NH EBA
  • Remuneration Packaging is available in accordance with current legislation.
  • NH operates under an Equal Opportunity Policy and Occupational Health & Safety Policy in accordance with current legislation.
  • Effective risk / quality management is a core competency expected of everybody involved at NH
  • The Registered Nurse is expected to conduct her/himself with professional integrity towards residents, patients and clients
  • Under the Accident Compensation Act, it is the applicant’s duty to advise NH of any pre-existing condition, which could be aggravated by the type of employment they are applying for. Failure to do so seriously jeopardises any entitlement the employee might have for a work-related aggravation of that non-disclosed pre-existing condition.
  • Under the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation all applicants are required to undergo a National Police Check and a Statutory Declaration is required for any staff working in aged care

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