The Registered Nurse – is responsible for providing direct and indirect patient and family care in inpatient and approved surgical and ambulatory care areas. He/she is expected to competently perform the patient care responsibilities of the registered nurse within the assigned work setting. Responsibilities include the systematic collection and assessment of data in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to provide therapeutic care with the patient and/or family. He/she performs all required elements of a nursing assessment including but not limited to physical examination, assessment of readiness to learn, psychosocial assessment, functional assessment and utilization of patient/family specific assessment scales as required. He/she considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and cost in planning and delivering care. The Registered Nurses decisions and actions with patients and families are determined in an ethical manner. He/she establishes goals and a strategy for meeting the discharge or continuing care needs with the patient, family, and/or other care provider as required or carries out discharge plans as noted on the critical pathway or multidisciplinary plan of care. Care is provided in collaboration with other nursing staff members; he/she delegates and supervises care in accordance with nurse practice acts and the professional nursing role
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing; registered as a Registered Nurse in the State of employment.
- Current and valid CPR card
- One year experience in an Acute Care or Long Term Care setting
- Systematically assesses the needs of the patient through interview (including history taking), observation, and physical examination (may be selective or total examination).
- Secures information about the medical plan of care and previous health care experiences, e.g., when applicable, secure a nursing history from the previous nurse practitioners.
- Notes progress in meeting defined outcomes on critical pathway or multidisciplinary plan of care.
- Plans and organizes individual nursing care for an identified group of patients.
- Administers individual nursing care, independently applying both simple and complex techniques and processes that are specific to the needs of the patient.
- Evaluates the nursing care administered with patients by self. Delegates care in accordance with Nurse Practice Acts and Health care guidelines.
- Evaluates and documents patient response to prescribed interventions.
- Completes delegated patient and family teaching including providing patient and family with information about unit and facility policies, procedures, and provisions for self-care and participation in decision-making.
- Elicits patient and family participation in care in keeping with physiological and psychological readiness.
- Instructs the patient and/or family on subjects such as disease process, risk factors, and prevention of complications to help them plan for care in the facility and after discharge following prescribed teaching plans.
- Anticipates from present evidence, nursing and/or medical problems which may arise and initiates preventive measures.
- Reports patient and family progress in meeting defined outcomes to physicians and members of other health care disciplines.
- Skillfully uses the range of equipment, medicines, and other modalities, such as CPR, as well as the procedural and educational resources pertinent to assigned work area. Demonstrates knowledge of purpose and expected outcomes.
- Provides support and assistance to the patient during physician rounds, physical examinations, and surgical and medical procedures completed on the patient care unit.
- Provides concise communication regarding the patient’s progress to Care Team Leader, other nursing staff members, and other health care practitioners.
- Possesses knowledge of the principles of growth and development for the appropriate age group(s).
- Demonstrates the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status in relation to the appropriate age group(s).
- Demonstrates the ability to interpret relevant information needed to identify each patient’s nursing care requirements relative to his/her age specific needs.
- Demonstrates the ability to provide nursing care relative to the patient’s age specific needs.
- Standing, sitting, walking, bending, reaching and stretching.
- Lifting up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 325 pounds utilizing an assistive device.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
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