The Staff RN uses the nursing process to deliver nursing care to a given patient care population as it relates to the care setting. Nursing care is based on the interpretation and execution of the medical and nursing plan of treatment utilizing established procedures standards and protocols of individuals within the assigned work shift. The Staff RN provides nursing care to the population served in the unit.
Adheres to infection prevention guidelines
Adheres to policies, procedures, and standards of practice to deliver safe and optimal care
Assesses patient history, physiological, and psychosocial status
Communicates with the patient, family, medical staff and others during the continuum of care
Complies with Joint Commission’s national patient safety goals
Complies with organizational quality dashboard/benchmarking goals
Interprets common variables affecting patient care and follows reporting process
Maintains regulatory compliance consistent with quality standards and ethical obligations of the profession
Participates in activities in alignment with the Magnet Model
Participates in organizational activities
Participates in Peer Review
Participates in professional development activities
Performs as a preceptor in an active and engaged manner
Provides age-specific individualized care that supports protection from harm and complies with patient safety centered interventions/bundles
Provides patient and family education throughout the care of patient
Uses critical thinking to formulate and carry out a care plan according to patient needs
Utilizes resources in an economical manner
Utilizes safe administration of medications
Utilizes Safe Patient Handling
Department Specific Competencies
Serves as an integral member of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence Program.
Assesses and identifies nursing diagnoses and treats patient conditions for which orthopaedic patient are at risk, including but not limited to pan, impaired physical mobility, self-care deficits, impaired skin integrity, body image disturbance, and post-trauma response.
Assesses, identifies nursing diagnoses and treat orthopaedic patient conditions such as total joint replacement (hip and knee).
Applies the nursing process as the basis for clinical judgment and decision making, nursing theory, and research, as well as specific orthopaedic knowledge.
Collaborates with consumers and other member of the interdisciplinary health care team to ensure comprehensive orthopaedic education and treatment programs are established and maintained for a variety of health care settings.
Cares for patients with musculoskeletal injuries, including use of immobilization and ambulatory assistive devices.
College Diploma Nursing
Number of Years Experience Type of Experience
License / Certification Requirements
Registered Nurse License
BCLS or ACLS Certification
Certification in area of specialty