This position reports to the Director of Nursing Services. The staff nurse is accountable for all-nursing care behaviors and professional responsibilities described in this position description.
Utilizing the nursing process, the Staff Nurse is accountable for the delivery of patient care on the unit during the shift. The Staff nurse is responsible for meeting the established Standards of Nursing Care, managing assigned personnel and promoting collaboration among the disciplines.
The Charge Nurse assesses plans, directs, and evaluates the delivery of nursing care for the Morning and Night shift. The Charge nurse is responsible for the coordination of all Nursing Department personnel on the shift; this includes Med/Surg. and ER Nursing staff.
In the event of a disaster and in the absence of the DNS and the Administrator, the Charge Nurse is responsible, until Administration is notified, for directing the staff of the hospital and its functions. In the event of a disaster the Charge Nurse would call Nursing Administration and Administration immediately.
Note: A nurse new to the facility shall not be placed as Charge until orientation is completed and she/he has been given an appropriate orientation to the position and responsibilities.
The Staff nurse practices within the Washington State Nurse Practice Act.
Demonstrates by the use of charting and care plans the assessment process.
Aware of changes in patient status and reassess as appropriate. Changes are documented in the medical record.
Demonstrates flexibility, as patient care needs change. Documents changes on the Nursing Care Plan and progress notes.
Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and communicates appropriate information accurately and in a timely manner.
Performs in a calm and professional manner during emergency situations.
Demonstrates a knowledge of policies governing medication administration and documentation such i.e., (narcotic records, charting, and PRN Medications.
Recognizes monitor rhythms and notifies physician of changes appropriately.
Has to ability to perform well under changing conditions, high stress: can relate to varied personalities and absorb new methods with practical results.
Graduation from an accredited school of nursing
Currently licensed as a Registered nurse in Washington State.
Satisfactory completion of hospital RN orientation program
Meet additional credentials for specialized units as identified in the Unit Policy and Procedures, ACLS, PALS & TNCC are required within 6 months of hire. The hospital arranges and covers cost of these certifications.