Provides general nursing care to patients through the process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Directs and guides patient teaching, activities of ancillary personnel while maintaining standards of professional nursing. Demonstrates environmental concerns of infection control practice, safety/fire practice, disaster practice, cardiac arrest practice and continuous quality improvement aware of patient safety.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Reports to the Charge Nurse collaborates with patients, families, physicians, and other nursing employees.
Assesses physical, psychological and social dimensions of patients and develops and follows a plan of care for patients. Functions as patient team member working collaboratively with other patient care team members to ensure appropriate level of patient care.
Implements clinical and technical aspects of care and nursing orders in accordance with established policies and procedures. Intervenes with proper technique, procedure and safety precautions to meet individual needs of patient.
Directs, reviews and evaluates nursing care and documentation of patient information.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates patient and family instruction/education and discharge planning.
Acts as a resource person regarding patient care, specialty area, orientation and teaching of staff.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates personal growth and learning development needs.
Possesses excellent communication skills, verbal telephone, written, to ensure accurate and adequate communication.
Participates in and supports research programs and activities; also participates in nursing meetings, committees and other activities which promote the growth and development of nursing and/or patient care.
Functions and supports the Joint Commission standards , FirstLight Health System and Nursing Department policies and procedures.
Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Applies knowledge of age-related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.
Respects dignity and confidentiality of patients, serving as an advocate, as necessary, and providing a safe and secure environment for the patient. Supports the Patient's Bill of Rights.
Implements quality assurance standards and programs to assure compliance with standards of Joint Commission, as required for full accreditation.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties requested by their supervisor.
Functional or line to 10 persons, depending on shift.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Diploma, A.A. or Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) from an accredited school of nursing; appropriate and clinical experience and/or training.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Current Registered nurse licensure in the State of Minnesota. BLS certification is required annually, and ACLS certification within one year.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally carry up to 20 pounds and push up to 200 pounds, frequently lift and/or move, and pull up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.