Provides professional nursing care for hospital patients and outpatients following established standards and practices. Assesses patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Serves as a role model, leader, and bedside care coordinator of the multidisciplinary team providing patient care. As a professional caregiver the RN is responsible and accountable for a group of patients for a designated time frame.
Does not directly manage or supervise, but works in coordination with CNAs, LPNs and Unit Clerks.
Accountabilities/Essential Job Functions:
1. Performs general nursing care for patients. Administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with nursing standards. Maintains safe keeping of narcotics according to hospital policy.
2. Prepares equipments and aids physician during treatment, examination, and testing of patients.
3. Observes, records and reports patient’s condition and reaction to drugs and treatments to physicians. Dispenses medication as directed.
4. Responds to and refers incoming telephone calls. Maintains and reviews patient records, charts and other pertinent information. Posts tests and examination results.
5. Prepares list of medical supplies needed.
6. Assesses and diagnoses patient and family needs to provide quality care to assigned patients.
7. Develops, discusses and communicates appropriate problem list (plan of care) for each patient, in collaboration with each department and the patient/family/significant other in order to address all identified needs.
8. Demonstrates the skills and judgment necessary to implement medical plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures as necessary for the care of the patient.
9. Evaluates the identified problems, care provided and patient’s responses are reassessed in order to meet patient and family needs to ensure overall quality of care delivered.
10. Maintains up-to-date and accurate documentation of nursing care provided to facilitate the integration of information for use by the healthcare team to assure quality care.
11. Functions as a role model for current and new staff.
12. Attends all required safety training programs and can describe responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety and specific job-related hazards.
13. Follows the hospital infection control policies.
14. Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors and fellow employees that promotes a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
15. Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a department/unit team inter- and intra-departmentally to facilitate the departments/unit ability to meet its goals and objectives.
16. Directs other licenses and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned.
17. Identifies and/or assumes activities relative to the developmental needs of the unit and the nursing department.
18. Demonstrates dependability/flexibility in meeting scheduling needs of the unit and hospital.
19. Attends required meetings and participates in committees as requested.
20. Participates in professional development activities and maintains professional affiliations.
21. Maintains patient confidentiality.
22. Instructs patient and family regarding medications and treatment instructions. Health teaching regarding nutrition, exercise, preventative measures and tests, side effects of medications, normal vs. abnormal, etc.
23. Administration of medication via injection, blood draws, preparation of urine specimens, complete lab requisitions, review lab reports daily, inform physician of abnormal or unusual results.
24. Performs related work as assigned.
Education/Training: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Suicide Prevention Training required.
Experience: One year of professional nursing experience in a hospital setting preferred.
License/Certification: Washington State RN License, BLS, ACLS preferred
1. Speaks and writes effectively in English.
2. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations and procedures to administer patient care.
3. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care.
4. Knowledge of common safety hazards and precautions to establish a safe work environment.
5. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing to provide on-going patient care.
6. Skill in identifying problems and recommending solutions.
7. Skill in preparing and maintaining records.
8. Skill in developing and maintaining department quality assurance.
9. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective positive working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public.
10. Ability to handle multiple priorities.
11. Ability to maintain quality control standards.
12. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
13. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
14. Independent discretion/decision making, critical thinking skills required.
15. Ability to make decisions under pressure.
16. Ability to manage anger/fear/hostility.
17. Ability to manage stress appropriately.
18. Ability to work alone effectively as well as work with others.
Environmental and Job Hazards: Works in close proximity to others and/or in a distracting environment. Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a hospital environment.
Physical and Mental Demands: Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 lbs. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours. Requires exposure to communicable diseases or bodily fluids.