- Purpose of Job
- Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.
- Job Requirements
- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing required by December 31, 2020 if hired after 2012 or five years from hire date for nurses hired after 2015.
- Successful completion of annual mandatory education requirements.
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing required.
- Critical Care or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) experience preferred.
- Current valid Nebraska Registered Nurse (RN) License, valid compact multistate license to work in Nebraska, or a temporary permit while awaiting licensure required.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
- Certification(s) in area of specialty preferred.
- From National Certification Corporation (NCC) within 1 year of eligibility.
- Must maintain current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Cardiovascular and Cath Lab certification.
- Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) certification is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and interact with patients, family members, hospital personnel, and co-workers.
- Ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments.
- Ability to learn, retain, and utilize computer skills that are required for department and hospital information system.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related:
- Electrical Shock/Static
- Rare (1-33%):
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-Ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means) - NICU only
- Occasionally (34%-66%):
- Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Hazardous Drugs (exposure risks, personal protective equipment required)
- Frequent (67%-100%):
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
Provide appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the Population Specific Criteria.
- Demonstrate ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.
Perform an initial and ongoing assessment to determine the assigned patient's ongoing nursing care needs.
- Include data from the patient/significant other(s) in the assessment as appropriate.
- Prioritize data collection according to patient's immediate needs.
- Use assessment findings in discharge planning.
Develop/review/revise and individualize the plan of care to address the patient's nursing care needs for optimum patient care outcomes. (Consultation and resources, nurses as teachers.)
- Collaborate with providers and other clinical disciplines as appropriate.
- Provide teaching specific to the patient's health care problem.
- Care plan reflects continuing care needs and/or referrals for discharge/transfer.
Implement interventions that are consistent with the established plan of care in a safe and appropriate manner (Professional Models of Care).
- Is familiar with, and follows, nursing protocols and standards of care for their unit.
- Use current knowledge in nursing practice based on standards and research literature.
- Titrates multiple drug therapies simultaneously; recognizes interactions and documents appropriately.
Evaluate patient care to determine response to care/interventions for optimal patient outcome.
- Monitor outcomes and documents patient response to interventions.
- Evaluate the patient's capabilities and/or limitations related to nursing and medical interventions.
- Continually monitors the patient and/or significant other(s) ability to manage care needs after dismissal.
- Give a complete verbal or written change of shift report to the oncoming care provider. Includes current care requirements, to include SBAR (situation, background, assessment and recommendation) content, and is familiar with the overall plan of care.
- Recognize and address patient and family capabilities and limitations (physical and mental).
Perform technical skills competently and independently to assure patient safety (autonomy).
- Able to competently perform technical skills independently.
- Is accountable to learn new skills and equipment within areas' specifications and time frame.
- Demonstrate correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and policy and procedure manuals.
- Follow appropriate procedure for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies.
- Able to manage a ventilator-assisted patient proficiently.
- Able to use proper suctioning techniques.
- Assures proper endotracheal tube placement and extubation.
Maintain a professional behavior in attitude, demeanor, interactions to achieve organization's mission. (Quality Improvement, Image of Nursing, Interdisciplinary Relationships, Professional Development, community and the healthcare organization.)
- Communicate effectively to solve problems at the personal and unit level.
- Is approachable and professional in working with other health professionals, ancillary staff, patients and family.
- Take pride in the unit by active participation in restocking and maintaining a clean environment.
- Maintain a professional appearance, behavior, and work environment.
- Maintain competence in area of experience.
- Participate in meetings and/or committees as needed to assist in decisions effecting area/unit or organization.
- Adheres to policies and procedures.
Initiate action to correct, prevent, and/or minimize risk(s) to the patient, family or hospital employees (e.g., falls, needle sticks, patient concerns). (Quality of Care)
- Complete appropriate report form for any risk (e.g., variance/incident report, patient concern report, maintenance request).
- Communicate to appropriate personnel regarding unresolved issues.
- Work within the scope of practice as defined by State Nurse Practice Act.
- Observes appropriate precautions when administering hazardous medications or handling excreta from patients who have received hazardous medications.
Review, delegate and evaluate plans for appropriate utilization of staff at all levels of practice in accordance with the provision of the state's Nurse Practice Act and the Professional Standards of Practice.
- Right task (within the scope of practice, according to the job description, based on the desired outcome, task routine, non-complex, low risk and predictable outcome).
- Right person (assess competency by: certification/licensure, job description, skills checklist, demonstrated skill).
- Right communication (clear, concise, correct, complete).
- Right feedback: the Reciprocal Process (ask teammates' input first, recognize effort, get teammates' solution to problem, check off points).
- Act professionally responsible for human and other resources.
- Charge accurately for use of supplies and equipment according to policy.
Documents all data collected, in Cerner and/or on worksheets/charge sheets, accurately, completely, and in a timely manner to provide an accurate record of patient activities and response to activities.
- Documentation is completed in an ongoing basis prior to end of shift.
- Documentation reflects appropriate chargeable items.
- Documentation reflects care delivered.
Essential Functions II
Participate in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
Follow and understand the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Methodist Health System