The ED Staff Nurse renders nursing care and related assistance to Emergency Department patients, with patient-centered care being a primary responsibility. Responsible for assessment of the patient and, in conjunction with the physician, provide medical and nursing care for each and every patient. Utilize the nursing process in assessment planning, intervention, evaluation, and teaching in providing patient care. Knows and supports the philosophy and objectives of the Emergency Department. Works under the direction of the Patient Care Coordinator and is ultimately accountable and responsible to the Nurse Manager. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served; also demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development and possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age specific needs, and to provide the care needed.
Performance Expectations: Demonstrates critical thinking abilities and demonstrates the ability to care for the Trauma, Stroke and STEMI patient according to policy and procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to care for the cardiac patient and identify lethal cardiac dysrhythmias.
Demonstrates the ability to perform cardioversion, defibrillation and transcutaneous pacing.
Demonstrates the ability to assist with set up and maintenance for sterile field during procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to assist with cardioversion for atrial tachycardia, atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation.
Demonstrates insertion and removal of a peripheral IV and initiates IV therapy in accordance with standards, policies and procedures.
Demonstrates the ability to preform moderate sedation.
Demonstrates the ability to preform as a Triage nurse.
Demonstrates the ability to collect evidence, following all state, federal and/or hospital regulations.
Education: Graduate of a recognized non-online RN program required. Will have eight hours of stroke education during orientation and 5 hours annual stroke education (to include 3 hours of NIHSS certification annually). Must complete education on cardiac rhythm interpretation, care of the cardiac patient, EKG training, application and use of ortho devices, and moderate sedation training within 6 months of hire.
Work Experience: Emergency or medical-surgical experience preferred, not required.
Certification/Licensure: Current license - Mississippi State Board of Nursing required. BLS required by completion of clinical orientation. ACLS, PALS and NIHSS required within one year of employment in the ED. TNCC required within 12 months of employment in the ED. Must maintain certifications.