Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Director/Associate Director, renders professional nursing care in accordance with physician’s treatment plans and standards of practice/care. In doing so, assesses patient’s condition, plans patient care, administers prescribed drugs, provides treatments, provides appropriate patient education, evaluates patient’s progress, records pertinent observations and report responses to drugs and treatments. Assists with examinations and prepares instruments and equipment. Advocates for patient in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Consistently supports and maintains the Mission, Core Values and expected customer service behaviors of St. Joseph Medical Center.

2. Follows the guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI)

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and Associates through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.

4. Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends and developments in his/her related scope of practice by reading books, journals and other literature and attending related seminars, conferences and the like.

5. Participates in ongoing quality improvement activities.

6. Uses nursing process to provide all levels of patient care:

  1. Assesses patient’s condition based upon observation, examination, and/or interview, physician’s diagnosis, laboratory findings, age-related issues and other pertinent information.

  1. Implements nursing interventions to achieve progress toward expected patient outcomes or to stabilize a patient’s condition and/or prevent complications.

  1. Evaluates and documents patients’ response to nursing care and modifies or revises treatment plans, and/or contacts physicians as circumstances require. Participates in interdisciplinary patient care planning in order to plan and evaluate effective patient care.

  1. Provides patient (family) education based on diagnosis, treatment plan or prescribed medical regimen in accordance with patient (family) readiness and ability to learn.

7. Uses professional judgement to prepare and prioritize the patient’s plan of care consistent with patient assessment data and physician’s treatment plans and professional standards of practice/care. Incorporates the patient’s physiological, psychological, cultural, developmental and spiritual needs into the plan of care.

8. Directs and delegates support personnel in implementing patient’s plan of care, provides supervision and guidance, and demonstrates methods, as necessary, to correct deviation from established standards.

9. Renders professional nursing care including administering medications, starting intravenous fluids and blood products. Performs both complex and routine treatments as prescribed by physicians or as warranted by patient’s condition.

10. Assists in orienting and training new Associates, Nurse Interns, student nurses and contract personnel. Serves as a resource person for departmental Associates in resolving patient care problems. Collaborates with hospital departments in order to resolve operational problems.

11. Promotes good stewardship of hospital resources while ensuring quality patient care.

12. Implements measures to prevent exposure to infectious pathogens and communicable conditions.

13. May serve as Charge Nurse for unit/shift. The Charge Nurse must command the confidence and cooperation of the professional nursing and physician staff with whom s/he works. The role of the Charge Nurse is to be the responsible individual for the daily functioning of the unit. Duties of the Charge Nurse include but are not limited to: determining unit needs; directing nursing staff, insuring adequate patient care; assisting in the direction of staff for the same purpose; facilitating the movement of patients from level of care to another; assessing nursing care given by the staff on duty to determine its adequacy and/or the need for assistance; and coaching with documentation to Unit Director when required.

  1. See Position Description for unit specific criteria.

15. Other duties as assigned.

16. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by IASIS and demonstrated by:

  1. Upholds the IASIS Standards of Conduct and Corporate Compliance.
  2. Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area.
  3. Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Regional Compliance & Safety Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.

17. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.

MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing program, a valid license to practice in the State of Texas and a minimum of one year clinical nursing experience in the area of expertise.
  • Experienced nurses are defined as having the knowledge and skills commensurate with peers with similar training, and experience functioning on the unit.
  • Clinical RNs with less than one-year experience in related field will require a nursing internship.
  • New graduates from an accredited School of Nursing with a valid GN permit will be considered and required to successfully complete a nursing internship.

LICENSE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION:

  • Work requires a general level of knowledge and clinical competencies as typically acquired through the completion of the education and training requirement below; and current RN permit or licensure issued by the Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas to practice professional nursing.
  • RNs are supported in obtaining certification in their specialty area.

EDUCATION & TRAINING:

  • Work requires a general level of knowledge and clinical competencies as typically acquired through the completion of an accredited school of nursing program resulting in an Associate Degree, Diploma or Baccalaureate degree in nursing.

SKILLS:

  • Technical, clerical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills relevant to total patient care/area in order to safely and efficiently treat patients.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills necessary in order to be clearly and easily understood by patients, families and members of the Health Care team.
  • Writes/prints legibly in order to document accurately and understandably, and to provide direction to support staff and others.
  • Demonstrates a pleasant, helpful and caring demeanor in order to be an effective patient advocate.

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