GENERAL SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the unit's nursing
management, performs duties to ensure quality patient care through
the health care continuum. Ensures quality and safe delivery of
care to patients in the following age groups: All ages; Neonate;
Infancy; Toddler, Preschool; School age; Adolescent; Adult;
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- CLINICAL PRACTICE
Performs all aspects of clinical practice according to standards
of care, including, but not limited to: assessment, planning,
implementing, evaluation, intervention, organization of work,
priority setting, decision making, follow up, activities of daily
living, IV Therapy, EKG's. Demonstrates clinical judgment in
assigning duties to nursing staff consistent with documented level
of competency. Participates in unit based quality control
initiatives, identifies opportunities for performance improvement,
and takes appropriate action.
Delegates tasks to subordinates to ensure efficient and
effective work flow. Provides input into hiring and evaluations and
participates in the interviewing process. Resolves conflicts.
Assures current and quality nursing practice is maintained through
participating in and keeping informed of unit/Hospital committees,
staff meetings, and other related activities. Collaborates with
members of interdisciplinary team to facilitate accomplishment of
unit objectives in the provision of quality care and service to
patients, families, physicians, and payors. Demonstrates initiative
and good judgment in making decisions. Takes responsibility for
patient care assignments.* Maintains currency with nursing skills
and knowledge base.
- RESOURCE UTILIZATION
Selects and utilizes appropriate teaching tools and/or makes
requests for new tools.
Collaborates effectively with the multidisciplinary team; i.e.,
physicians, diabetic educator, pastoral care, interpreters, social
workers, case managers, wound care nurses, and community resource
groups and services, to benefit the patient.
Utilizes appropriate unit-based resource nurses for assistance
Completes documentation using approved MWMC forms according to
established legal and MWMC policy and procedure. Includes, but is
not limited to, SNAP tool, patient teaching forms, PIE notes, CBE
notations, and incident forms. Transcribes and inputs physician
orders accurately and in a timely manner, using the nurse order
- COMMUNICATION/THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Communicates and collaborates with all health team members,
patients, and families face to face, using the telephone, or with
written adjuncts. Ensures patient care needs are met in a timely
manner and follow through is initiated and/or completed. May act as
a patient advocate. Remains informed of discharge plans.
Encourages open communication to foster a positive, professional
environment. Incorporates the care model into patient care.
Utilizes systems to remain apprised of patient status/needs and of
facilitating information to physicians and oncoming
- TEACHING/COACHING SKILLS
Provides patient/family teaching using a variety of audio-visual
aids and written instructional materials. Uses child/adult learning
principles in teaching. Provides mini in-services to new staff as
appropriate. Supervises new staff in skills. Is accessible and
responsive to other staff. Identifies opportunities to offer
support to staff.
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, AND OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of
Minimum of six months to one year of experience in specialty
- BLS required. ACLS required in some areas. PALS preferred for
a. All certificates need to be from the American Heart