Current Employment opportunities at Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) – May 2024

Operating Theatre & Recovery Nurse- Temporary

Responsibilities:

  • Ensures complete pre-op assessment including the surgical checklist, nursing documentation and Physician’s assessment
  • Receives the patient prior to surgery, gets report from the accompanying nurse and performs pre-op checklist.
  • Serves as the communication liaison to family and members of the operating team
  • Familiar with procedures in operating room and PACU routines and area specific assignments.
  • Circulate and assist as needed for surgical procedures
  • Scrub for surgical procedures in the operating room independently.
  • Prepare operating room for patient/procedure
  • Ensure effective recovery of patients post any form of anesthesia.
  • Assists with intubation and extubation of patient in the recovery room (RR) and in the operating room (OR).
  • Communicates with anesthetists and primary teams regarding patient issues and shifting plans.
  • Facilitates safe transfer of patient to alternate level of care as appropriate.
  • Promptly reports both clinical and non-clinical unusual findings/incidences to the nurse manager or designee
  • Identify patient and family learning needs and initiate appropriate teaching.
  • Ensures safety checks are performed to ensure correct patient and correct procedure is performed
  • Perform pain assessment and initiate analgesia as required
  • Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms
  • Coordinates theater list with concerned OR coordinator.
  • Ensure all specimens are properly labeled 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.
  • Be accountable for judicious and efficient use of resources i.e. accurate and timely billing of equipment and consumables     .
  • Care for equipment through cleaning, storage, per shift check of the inventory and timely reporting_and follow up of nonfunctional equipment to the nurse m nager or designee
  • Assist in orientation of new nurses and mentoring of junior nursing staff and students
  • Occasionally shift leads under supervision of senior RN
  • Participates in unit based continuing education, quality improvement (QI) projects, Clinical Care Program Certification (CCPC), audits, spot checks and skill checks.
  • Can be assigned to assist in medical surgical unit

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

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.

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Instructor, Critical Care

Job Summary

AKU- Department of Medicine is seeking Critical Care Instructors. Reporting to the on-call Critical Care Consultant for clinical duties and the Medical Director Critical Care for academic and administrative duties, the Instructors will undertake the assessment and management of critically ill patients in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the High dependency Unit in the Hospital.

They will also be involved in clinical instruction to Senior House Officers, Interns, Medical Students and Resident Doctors within Critical Care Medicine.

Responsibilities

The Critical Care Instructor will:

  • Assess and manage patients
  • Assist in the initial assessment and triage, in person, by phone or by other available electronic means, of potential critical care patients outside the critical care units.
  • Participate in the review and development of appropriate policies and procedures for patients’ health care to formulate best practice guidelines.
  • Participate in departmental research and academic activities, institutional quality improvement and patient safety activities.

Requirements

  • Must have Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(M.B.Ch.B) or equivalent
  • Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine or Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine or successful completion of residency in Internal Medicine or Anesthesia or Emergency Medicine
  • Registration by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
  • Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS & ACLS)
  • Demonstrates competency and dexterity with all equipment utilized in the hospital environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic computer skills and electronic medical record knowledge is an added advantage.

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Laboratory Technologist, Outreach Clinic Capital Centre

Responsibilities:

  • Receive and analyse specimens received in the Laboratory
  • Maintain appropriate Internal Quality Controls on all processes in the Laboratory to ensure validity of reports.
  • Monitor and manage routine and planned preventive maintenance of equipment in the Laboratory.
  • Perform tests with maximum efficiency.
  • Utilizing reagents appropriately by following laid down Standard Operating Procedures to achieve expected turn-around time.
  • Communicate urgent/critical/abnormal test results to appropriate clinicians with recommended period of time and maintain appropriate documentation.
  • Observe/comply with Health & Safety requirements in the laboratory by maintaining high standards of hygiene and general cleanliness in the work area.
  • Participate in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Initiatives.

Requirements:

  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from a recognized institute
  • Registered with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technician & Technologist Board
  • 3 years working experience.
  • Current practicing license
  • Valid Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Well versed in Laboratory Field.
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills

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Clinical Nurse, Karen Executive Clinic

Responsibilities:

  • Complete head to toe assessment and re-assessment of patients to identify their care needs.
  • Asses and systematically collects any data related to patient health status and works in collaboration with the care team to develop the plan of care.
  • Executes nursing interventions by collaborating with the multidisciplinary team incorporating appropriate standards of care, practice and patient outcomes.
  • Provides care that is safe, ethical, patient- and family- centered, culturally congruent and evidence based.
  • Evaluates patient’s responses to plan of care and works in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to make any needed adjustment
  • Utilizes data to continuously meet care coordination needs across settings in conjunction with the patient
  • Document nursing assessment and interventions accurately and on timely basis to reflect comprehensive and integrated approach to patient care and patient experience
  • Identifies learning needs of the patient and families and educates them by adapting to patient and family learning style utilizing the teach-back method.
  • Acts as patient advocates, ensuring privacy, dignity and confidentiality are met
  • Complete or be working towards any outreach nursing competency frameworks within a time frame agreed with the clinic team leader and with the support of a named preceptor
  • Ensure all near-misses are monitored and documented.
  • Develop written care plans based on patients’ needs, monitor and evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
  • Carry out hemodynamic monitoring to include vital signs, neurological and fluid status; labs results interpretations.
  • Document all assessment data, investigation results, care given, discussions with the multidisciplinary team, family/patient interactions in an accurate, comprehensive and timely manner.
  • Administer medication safely, monitor patient responses to medication and report adverse reactions promptly.
  • Dispose of clinical and non-clinical waste safely in accordance with Aga khan University Hospital Guidelines on waste management.
  • Prepare for and assist physicians to perform various procedures in the clinic.
  • Be able to perform EST and spirometry.
  • Maintain adequate airway management to include oxygen therapy, nebulization and suctioning.
  • Perform pain assessment and initiate analgesia as per protocol.
  • Promptly report both clinical and non-clinical unusual findings/incidences to the Clinic in charge, Nurse Manager or Operations Manager.
  • Identify patient and family education needs and implement appropriate teaching.
  • Provide safe environment for patients through adherence to infection control practices and other safety policies, and perform timely safety checks on restraints, examination coaches, oxygen source and other medical equipment in the clinic.
  • Be accountable for judicious and efficient use of resources i.e. accurate and timely billing of clinic stock drugs and consumables.
  • Care for equipment through proper cleaning, storage, per shift check of the inventory and timely reporting and follow up of non-functional equipment to the operations manager.
  • Follow discharge procedure of the outpatients according to hospital protocol and ensure follow up appointments are made where needed.
  • Ensure safe and prompt patient referral/transfer as per institution policy.
  • Participate in clinic-based nursing education, quality improvement (QI) projects, audits, spot checks and skill checks.

Requirements:

  • Registered Nurse from a recognized school of nursing or University
  • Current licensure with the Nursing Council of Kenya
  • Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Minimum requirement of 3 years’ continuous clinical experience in medical surgical Nursing.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based knowledge of the current practices in general nursing in an outpatient set up
  • Demonstrate leadership skills.

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