Under general supervision, renders nursing care to patients within assigned department and demonstrates knowledge of developmental needs of patient population specific to that department. (Patient population is defined in each department’s Scope of Practice.) May direct the activities of the department or a specific work group for a shift to include assigning duties to professional or non-professional personnel, overseeing and evaluating work performance of other personnel, and assisting in orientation of personnel. May assume responsibilities of Charge Nurse when deemed capable by the Department Director.
ASN or Diploma required. BSN required within 4 years. Graduate from an accredited school of nursing preferred with current registration in Indiana required. Advanced preparation for specialized areas preferred.
Individualized preceptor training four to eight weeks. May be more or less at discretion of Director. Successful completion of orientation skills checklist. CPR Provider-C required within 30 days of hire. Newborn resuscitation required within 6 months of hire. ACLS required within two years of hire and specialty certification recommended for all staff nurses. STABLE required in 1 year of hire.
None required. Previous experience as a Registered Nurse in a health care facility preferred.
Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and skills which enable the assumption of responsibility for the nature and quality of nursing care rendered to patients. thorough knowledge of nursing theory and practice. Familiarity with organization, functions, policies and procedures of Hospital as they relate to Patient Services. Knowledge of the value of rehabilitation concept in promotion of mental and physical health. Completion of basic skills checklist within 60 days.
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and complications of the adult medical patient. Knowledge of nursing theory and practice. Provides nursing care to promote a positive and safe hospitalization. Provides care to the adult medical patient according to the Standards of Care. Provides patient and family with education of disease processes, modalities of treatments, and other needs exhibited by the patient and family members. Competency validation is completed by the Department Director or designee on an individual basis according to previous experience and abilities, but not to exceed six months from orientation completion. Provides education for the patient addressing the educational needs that have been identified.
Accurately assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates patient care. Documents and maintains accurate and complete nursing records. Supervises implementation of physician orders. Assists in teaching patients and providing staff education. Maintains a safe and clean environment. Maintains supplies in a cost effective manner. Maintains patient safety and comfort, Infection Control, and Standard Precautions.
On feet for major portion of the day. Much pulling, pushing, and lifting required. Visual, auditory, and speech acuity essential to supervising nursing care and evaluating patients need. Works in nursing department and patient rooms which are well lighted, heated, and ventilated with some exposure to disagreeable conditions. May come in contact with hazardous health conditions; however, if proper procedure is followed no harm should come to employee.
Reflects the mission, philosophy, core values, and customer service plan of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in action and attitude. Nurses are encouraged to be actively involved in the community as leaders in health and wellness promotion and injury and disease prevention. Nursing practice reflects the American Nurse Associates Code of Ethics. Willingness to work with realization that errors and incompetence may have serious consequences for patients. Competency, tact, and patience are necessary when communicating with patients, families, physicians, and other personnel. Utilizes initiative and judgment in adapting or devising techniques and procedures to meet the needs of the nursing department. Maintains confidentiality. May be required to work rotating shifts and a reasonable amount of overtime.
Any RN hired or transferred into this position , must complete a BSN degree within 4 years of hire or transfer date.
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