This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by being a competent, respectful, and compassionate professional who is able to safely, appropriately, accurately, efficiently and independently follow Mercy's standards along with policies and procedures while caring for patients. The Registered Staff Nurse works with the unit specific team members to identify clinical problems, develop a plan, and educate patients and families.
Ensures that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Demonstrates competent assessment, planning, intervention, coordination and evaluation skills based on the individual patient plan of care
Continually assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care based on a patient centered care model
Demonstrates critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to implement a patient plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures
Maintains accurate and real time documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, according to hospital policy and procedure related to documentation parameters
Functions as a role model for current and new staff by creating a healthy work environment to facilitate the department's or unit's ability to meet identified goals and objectives
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitor and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment
Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned
Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers
Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life threatening conditions
Adheres to and promotes patient safety practices throughout the patient experience
Communicates and collaborates effectively with all members of the healthcare team
Provides ongoing education to patients and families
Delegates to other staff registered nurse, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and other staff positions specific to the department
Department Specific Duties
Postpartum care: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment of and interventions for pain, fundus, lochial flow, perineum, incision, vital signs, blood loss, teaching needs, bonding and psychosocial situations NA
Breastfeeding Support: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment of and interventions for latch, adequate feedings, sore nipples and feeding cues. NA
Newborn Care: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge which includes assessment and interventions for pain, gestational age, near-term infants, jaundice, temp instability, respiratory status, hypoglycemia, newborn screen, hearing screens, Hugs, signs and symptoms of sepsis and abnormalities NA
Labor and Delivery: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge including assessment and interventions for admission to labor, labor pain management, epidural management, SVE's, determining if a patient is in labor, fetal monitor assessment, signs and symptoms of risk factors, PIH, preterm labor, pushing, delivery and immediate postpartum care. NA
OR Team Leader: Demonstrates appropriate care and knowledge of perioperative care including assisting anesthesia and post-anesthesia care NA
OR Circulator: Circulates in the OB OR including preparing the patient for surgery and assisting with counts NA
Lactation Consultant: Performs lactation rounds on nursing mothers daily and develops feeding plans when indicated, performs outpatient visits and weight checks with appropriate interventions and responds to the lactation line in a timely and efficient manner. NA
Home Visit: Completes assessment of the mother and newborn in a home setting and makes appropriate referrals as needed. NA
Plans, coordinates and presents prenatal education classes using adult learning principles and evidenced based curriculum. NA
Utilizes audio/visual equipment and other educational aides including laptop and projector, power point application, TV/DVD player and computer based instruction NA
Performs Surgical Assistant duties as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.
Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills.
Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care.
Role Models exemplary customer service skills including verbal and non-verbal skills and proper phone etiquette.
Creates a welcoming environment for all healthcare team members.
Committed to ongoing self-development and learning.
Experience in acute care setting preferred.
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa or compact state required.
Current certification in Basic Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certification required within 1 year of hire/transfer
Iowa Dependent Adult Abuse/Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter training required. Employee must submit certification of completed training to Human Resources prior to start or transfer date.