Operating Theatre Nurse – Scrub (Uganda)

Country
Uganda

Required languages
English

Type of contract
Fixed-term contract - paid (6 months)

Necessary requirements
Degree in Nursing; 3 years' continuous professional experience in a Paedriatric Surgery theatre as a scrub.

Are you interested?
Read the full Job Description; if you are qualified, please apply online.

This role requires complete and autonomous management of the technical and operational, patient care and organisational tasks of the Operating Theatre department.

BACKGROUND AND ORGANISATION OF WORK

The International Operating Theatre Nurse supervises, teaches and works alongside the national staff colleagues carrying out the various nursing tasks and roles in the operating theatre (scrub nurse, running nurse) and in areas auxiliary to surgical activity (sterilisation services).

The international Operating Theatre Nurse is responsible to the Medical Coordinator, who is in charge of the management and organisation of the project.

The main areas of work are:

STERILISATION;

OPERATING THEATRES: 3 Paediatric Surgery Rooms (emergency or in election) according to the admission criteria

The workload and rotation are variable, depending on the needs and organisational set-up of the hospital; there will usually be at least one day off a week, with on-call 24/7 in case of surgical emergency.

The international OT Nurse organises the work of the national staff in his/her area of responsibility, together with the Medical Coordinator of the project.

DUTIES AND REPONSIBILITIES

All EMERGENCY international personnel are expected to know and follow the hospital admissions criteria, guidelines, protocols, and the diagnosis and treatment standards in use in the Centre, and to ensure the correct compilation of clinical records and statistics in both computer and paper formats.

The main duties and responsibilities of the international OT nurse – scrub are:

  • management and supervision of sterilisation services;
  • preparation of the theatre for operations and organisation of the work of the national team in theatre;
  • direct participation in surgical procedures;
  • assistance in clinical research and record keeping as required by the scientific programmes of the specialist sector of the Medical Division of EMERGENCY.

STERILISATION SERVICES

Each Centre is equipped to carry out the following procedures:

  • steam sterilisation via autoclave, including very basic models;
  • chemical sterilisation using formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde…;
  • quality control of the sterilisation processes in use, via the appropriate tests (Bowie-Dick, biological and chemical tests).

MANAGEMENT AND ORDERS OF STOCKS AND SUPPLIES

The international OT nurse is responsible for checking that levels of supplies of materials and equipment are always adequate in terms of quantity and quality, and for informing the team leader (where present) or Medical Coordinator of any requirements.

MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING OF LOCAL PERSONNEL

Clinical activities and patient care are always carried out alongside and in collaboration with local personnel, who thus benefit from training in the field. There is also provision for more specific teaching activities, managed by the international specialists, in accordance with the individual needs of each hospital.

The technological level of the equipment present in the Centres is suited to the clinical and managerial protocols in use, and the level of professional autonomy of the national staff, with the aim of achieving – and sustaining – high standards of care. Diagnostic equipment, basic laboratory tests, technical and auxiliary services are always available.

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN PEDIATRIC SURGERY – UGANDA

The Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe, Uganda offers free treatment of excellence in Paediatric Surgery; it will be a reference point for Ugandan patients and children with surgical needs (up to 15 years of age) from all over Africa. Entebbe Hospital will be the second structure of ANME (African Network of Medical Excellence), the “Health Network of Excellence in Africa” created in 2009 to develop free healthcare systems of excellence in the continent.

The hospital will have 72 beds, 3 operating theatres, a 6-bed paediatric intensive care unit and all the diagnostic and auxiliary services necessary for its operation, such as laboratory, blood bank, pharmacy, canteen, laundry.

Initially, the admission criteria will be as follows:

  • General Paediatric Surgery;
  • Paediatric Urology;

The following are excluded in this first phase: Neonatal Surgery, Emergency and Trauma Surgery, Oncological Surgery and Specialist Paediatric Surgery.

GUIDELINES, PROTOCOLS AND EQUIPMENT

Further information on the guidelines, protocols and clinical services relevant to the post along with details of the instruments and equipment available will be provided at interview and during the period of preparation for the mission.

The general requirements and conditions apply to all the international staff.

 SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

  • Nursing Degree (or equivalent Diploma) and current registration on the professional nursing register of your Country of residence;
  • at least 3 years’ continuous professional experience in Paediatric Surgery theatre area.

REQUIRED AVAILABILITY

6 months’ overseas stay including a period of leave to be taken at the end of the mission in agreement with the coordinator.

HOW TO APPLY

For further information and inquiries (not for applications): fo.recruiting@emergency.it. To apply, please complete the on-line application form: applications sent to this e-mail account will not be considered.

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