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
Recognizes and manages vasovagal response to treatment.
Assesses and differentiates types of chest and abdominal pain with appropriate intervention.
Ensures diet is appropriate and restrictions (food and fluid) are followed.
Provides activity/rest as appropriate to patient condition, disease process.
Ensures a safe environment for staff and patients
Discharge planning= early assessment of need for home durable equipment, follow-up with home health or possible rehab or ECF.
Keeps patients clean and turned appropriately.
Ensures durable equipment is provided to the patient to promote independent functioning.
Manages hematomas in A-line puncture sites.
Correlates disease process to drug therapies to manage patients with hyper/hypotension, fluid overload, pump failure, dysrhythmias.
Interprets EKG tracings as they relate to drug therapies and disease process and intervenes.
Maintains IV access on all patients.
Reinforces follow up care with physicians ie, blood drug levels, M.D. appointments.
Implements protocols requiring higher level expertise: eg, ACLS code management.
Works with MD to provide for Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy, Dietary and/or Respiratory Therapy when needed.
Provides assistance with complex discharge planning in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Team to develop a safe, realistic and timely discharge plan.
BSN or MSN Nursing
Number of Years Experience Type of Experience
License / Certification Requirements
ACLS Certification from the American Heart Association
Registered Nurse License
BCLS or ACLS Certification from the American Heart Association