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Registered Nurses

The nurses who are apart of IGT’s multidisciplinary team have a variety of different nursing roles. The different nursing roles include:

Observation room nurse

The observation room nurse is the first person that assesses the patient on the procedure day. Before the patient arrives, they ensure the observation room and each bedside are properly stocked. They also ensure that old records are available and all required forms, documents, and blood work are complete and correct. Once the patients arrive, they monitor the patients prior to the procedure, prepare the patients for the procedure and monitor the recovery of some patients post-procedure. The nurse provides patients and families with information and answer any questions they may have, as well as provide support as needed.

Induction nursing role

The IGT nurse works closely with the anaesthesiologists and plays an important role in the management of the patient’s anaesthesia. They assist the anaesthesiologist during the anaesthesia induction, maintenance and reversal process. The IGT nurse is responsible for the patient until they are admitted to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), when the PACU nurse takes over care.

Circulation/scrub person

The role of circulating and scrub person may be assumed by MRT's and nurses alike. This role includes include establishing, monitoring and maintaining a sterile field in the procedure room, as well as setting up the procedure rooms and ensuring that the necessary procedural supplies are available. The IGT circulating person sets up for the cases and ensures all the supplies needed are available and within expiration date. The IGT scrub person scrubs in, to assist in surgical prep as well as assist the radiologist throughout the procedure.

Procedural sedation nursing role

The IGT nurse is responsible for patients who require sedation during their procedure in order to minimize discomfort or pain. The nurse completes a pre-sedation assessment to ensure the patient fits for procedural sedation. The nurse then administers the sedation and closely monitors the patient throughout the procedure. Once the procedure is completed, they continue to monitor the patient while returning them to a state where a safe discharge is possible.

IGT clinic nurse

The IGT clinic nurse is the nurse who runs the IGT clinic for outpatients. They are responsible for the initial assessment of the outpatient, providing procedure information to the families, discussing pre-procedure preparation, witnessing the informed consent with the radiologist, organizing any additional consultation/ multidisciplinary visits, ensuring necessary work-up (e.g. blood work, ultrasound) is performed and reviewed and providing liaison with referring services if needed. They also provide later follow up for outpatients after procedure.

For more information on the IGT Clinic Nurse and IGT Clinic, click here.

Vascular access resource nurse

The vascular access resource nurses primary focus is Central Vascular Access Devices (CVADs), which include Central Venous Lines (CVLs), Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs) and Ports. They are responsible for assessing and triaging requests, as well as troubleshooting complications.

For more information on the vascular access resource nurse and vascular access resource centre, click here.