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.
Ensure 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
Monitors electrocardiograms initiated upon admission and continued until transferred or discharged unless otherwise ordered by a physician.
Monitors Invasive Hemodynamic (Swan Ganz catheters, arterial lines, CVP)
Assesses Neurologic Monitoring (noninvasive) & Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring
Manages Mechanical Ventilation/BiPap/High flow Nasal cannula etc.
Administirs Medications including continuous infusion of vasoactives drugs for hemodynamic regulation & narcotics for pain management
Performs venipuncture of peripheral vessels to obtain ordered lab tests. Registered nurses will draw arterial blood gasses.
Manages codes & dysrhythmias including use of Zoll pacer, Medtronic Defib.
Manages care of high risk patients.
When oriented, will function in a charge role.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.
Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care
Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills as identified in the developmental checklist.
Demonstrates proficiency in acute-care nursing, knowledge and skills.
The department requires Conscious Sedation within six months of hire.
Expected to complete training on IABP and CRRT within 18 months of hire.
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.
Current certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association preferred.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support will be required within six months of hire if not current.
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.