The Nurse Resident is responsible to the Department Director or Manager. They will be under the direction of a preceptor and shall be responsible for direct care of a limited number of patients, commensurate with nurses progress towards competent. Direct patient care assignments for the resident nurse will gradually increase as competency is demonstrated to and validated by the preceptor and/or clinical education staff. Each resident will receive a written copy of the objectives and goals of the residency and shall receive periodic objective feedback throughout the residency.
staff. Each resident will receive a written copy of the objectives and goals of the residency and shall receive periodic objective feedback throughout the residency.
Essential FunctionsAssesses the patient: collects and documents the patient's current health status and medical history. Completes and/or reviews Admission Data Record as defined by policy. Makes accurate and ongoing assessment of patient's status and responds appropriately. Plans/Implements: sets priorities for nursing action in a logical sequence according to patient's needs and formulates a plan of care by the appropriate selection of Nurse Practice Standards. Evaluates: performs ongoing assessment and revised plan of care based on new data and patient's condition. Documents accurate and ongoing assessment of patient status to ensure patient safety and charge capture. Communicates with the physician regarding patient needs, the nursing assessments, and recommendations on a daily basis, and as needed. Collaborates with other nurses and health team members to ensure the patient's wellbeing. Teaches patient/significant other appropriate health information in a timely manner and shares written and visual informational material. Performs direct patient care, utilizing established policies, procedures and standards. Administers medications and IV's according to policy and procedure. Observes and documents patient's response to pertinent medications. Performs indirect patient care, utilizing established procedures, policies, and standards. Provides a thorough concise report at change of shift. Communicates pertinent information to the appropriate person in a timely manner. Performs accurate and timely documentation according to SRH guidelines. Accurately transcribes physician orders according to policies and procedures. Maintains a clean, neat, and safe environment for patients and staff according to policies and procedures. Ensures that supplies and equipment necessary for patient care are stored in an organized and efficient manner. Demonstrates correct and safe techniques in the use of equipment according to specific product information. Follows appropriate procedures for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies. Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner. Adheres to Administrative SRH/Nursing Service policies. Does not incur overtime during Residency program. Complies with specific SRH policies and procedures concerning safety. PATIENT SATISFACTION - Assists patients, family members or other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and privacy and communicates with them in a courteous and respectful manner. Answers and refers telephone calls or other inquiries to ensure accurate and timely communications are facilitated. Identifies him/herself in a pleasant and positive manner. Takes responsibility for helping the caller and/or visitor. TEAMWORK - Consistently works in a positive and cooperative manner with fellow Team Members. Assists other Team Members in the performance of their assignments. Seeks out opportunities to help rather than waiting to be asked. Considers the impact of his/her actions on Team Members throughout SRH. PROBLEM SOLVING - Demonstrates sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Investigates and follows through on unusual orders or requests for service or information. Follows proper reporting procedures for actual or potential accidents and/or incidents so follow-up and/or prevention can occur. Records/reports the need for service maintenance or repair of equipment and removes any faulty equipment from service. Contributes to the achievement of Quality Improvement and participate in QI activities. Consistently evaluates work and determines if further steps are needed to meet client expectations. Takes initiative to do or redo inadequate or incomplete work, even it is not yours. Ensures compliance with regulatory standards. PRODUCTIVITY/EFFICIENCY - Consistently demonstrates the ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary. Organizes job functions and work area to be able to effectively complete varied assignments within established time frames. Consistently demonstrates the ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - Attends scheduled Nurse Residency classroom sessions and monthly check-in meetings. Meets 100% attendance requirements to annual mandatory skill updates. Attends a minimum of 75% of scheduled staff meetings and reads and signs all minutes of meetings not attended. ADHERENCE TO SRH AND DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES - Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of all policies and procedures and ability to reference them from appropriate sources. Complies with SRH's infection control policies and procedures including Body Substance Isolation (BSI) and the Exposure Control Plan which reflects OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to ensure a safe working environment for self and others. Ensures that SRH is operated in an efficient and cost effective manner by adhering to SRH and departmental attendance policies as documented on the Employee Attendance Record. Demonstrates adherence and support of SRH -Wide Service Standards and SRH/Department Safe Practices Standards.
Experience/TrainingA Registered Nurse whose clinical experience after graduation is less than six months (1,040 paid hours); or who is returning to practice with no current clinical training or experience.
License/CertificationWashington State RN License required. AHA (American Heart Association) Health Care Provider BLS required. Advanced Cardiac Life Support as required by the Department, before the end of the Residency.
Other QualificationsDemonstrates ability and appropriate technical skills when administering treatments and procedures in accordance with physician's orders and policies and procedures. Demonstrates necessary skills and knowledge to provide care for patients according to SVH and unit specific policies and procedures. Demonstrates ability to handle emergency situations in a prompt, precise, and professional manner. Provides personal patient care to provide comfort and well-being to the patient, acknowledging physiological and psychological needs. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required.