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
Manipulates the patients surroundings for promotion of optimal comfort.
Facilitates the use of posture and movement in daily activities to prevent fatigue and musculoskeletal strain or injury.
Regulates energy use to treat or prevent fatigue and optimize function.
Promotes and assists with walking to maintain or restore autonomic and voluntary body functions during treatment and recovery from illness or injury
Facilitates regular physical exercise to maintain or advance to a higher level of fitness and health.
Uses active or passive body movements to maintain or restore joint flexibility.
Positions the patient or a body part to provide comfort, reduce the risk of skin breakdown, promote skin integrity, and/or promote healing.
Establishes and maintains a regular pattern of bowel elimination.
Manages a patient with a gastrointestinal tube.
Manages a patient with urinary drainage equipment.
Establishes a predictable pattern of bladder emptying to prevent incontinence for persons with limited cognitive ability who have urge, stress or functional incontinence.
Maintains elimination through a stoma and cares for surrounding tissue.
Assists with or provides a balanced dietary intake of foods and fluids.
Administers food and fluids to support metabolic processes of a patient who is malnourished or at high risk for becoming malnourished
Facilitates swallowing and prevents complications of impaired swallowing.
Maintains and promotes oral hygiene and dental health for the patient at risk for developing oral or dental lesions.
Prevents or minimizes risk factors in the patient at risk of aspiration.
Maintains ET and Trach tubes and prevents complications associated with their use.
Facilitates regular sleep/wake cycles.
Uses pharmacologic agents to reduce or eliminate pain.
Collects and analyzes patient data to maintain skin and mucous membrane integrity.
Protects and safely reintegrates the affected part of the body while helping the patient adapt to disturbed perceptual abilities.
Assists with specific physical, cognitive, social and spiritual activities to increase the range, frequency, or duration of an individuals activity
Behavior Management - helps a patient to manage negative behaviors
Behavior Modification - promotes behavioral change (SERVICE)
Body Image Enhancement - improves a patients conscious and unconscious perceptions and attitudes toward his/her body
Communication Enhancement: Hearing Deficit - assists in accepting and leaning alternate methods for living with diminished hearing(SERVICE, KNOWLEDGE)
Communication Enhancement: Speech - assists in accepting and learning alternate methods for living with impaired speech(SERVICE, KNOWLEDGE)
Communication Enhancement: Visual Deficit - assists in accepting and learning alternate methods for living with diminished vision(SERVICE, KNOWLEDGE)
Coping Enhancement - assists a patient to adapt to perceived stressors, changes or threats which interfere with meeting life demands and roles (EXCELLENCE/KNOWLEDGE)
Decision making support - Provides information and support for a patient family member who is making a decision regarding health care.
Delirium Management - provides a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient who is experiencing an acute confusional state (SERVICE)
Provides a modified environment for the patient who is experiencing a chronic confusional state.
Promotes awareness of personal identity, time and environment and situation.
Uses the recall of past events, feelings and thoughts to facilitate adaptation to present circumstances.
Promotes physical comfort and psychological peace in the final phase of life
Assists with the resolution of a significant loss
Learning Facilitation - promotes the ability to process and comprehend information
Mutual Goal Setting - collaborates with patient to identify and prioritize care goals, then develops a plan for achieving those goals through the construction and use of goal attaining scaling (COMMUNITY/SERVICE/EXCELLENCE)
Identifies high-risk dependent relationships and takes actions to prevent possible or further infliction of physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect of basic necessities of life
Plans and evaluates patient care with health professionals from other disciplines.
College Diploma Nursing
License / Certification Requirements
Registered Nurse License
BCLS or ACLS Certification