The RN assumes full nursing responsibility for the delivery of care to all patients in the hospital. Continuously evaluates personal and professional performance and makes necessary changes to increase productivity and quality of care delivered. Adheres to and supports the policies/procedures/goals/objectives of the hospital in an attempt to provide quality patient care. Strives for independence and strong sound decision making in delivery of health care, and does so in a cost-effective manner w ithout compromising quality of care and techniques. Develops the patient plan of care and implements treatment strategies that are based on scientific nursing theory related to self-care and that promote physical, psychosocial, and spiritual health. Maintains patient confidentiality at all times. Possesses good communication skills, both verbally and written.
Participates in the interdisciplinary team process at team conferences and other team meetings and offers input into team decision making.
Intervenes with team members and other healthcare professionals to ensure the optimal recovery is made available to the patient.
Collaborates with team members to achieve cost-effective care by utilizing appropriate clinical measures to meet the patient's needs.
Administers medications according to hospital policy and procedures within the designated time frames.
Demonstrates the ability to assess a situation, consider alternatives and choose appropriate courses of action with a pro-active attitude.
Demonstrates an ability to perform duties in a manner consistent with the patient's Bill of Rights.
Demonstrates the ability to delegate and supervise nursing tasks to LPNs/LVNs, CNAs and unit secretaries as indicated.
Recognizes emergency situations and responds appropriately using current ACLS protocols.
Prepares patients and families for future decision making responsibilities by fostering their independence and goal achievement.
Reinforces teaching done by the other team members and provides resource materials for the patient's changing needs.
Provides in-services education as needed to patients and their families in regard to disease processes
Demonstrates a commitment to the organization through ongoing participation at hospital meetings
Charge Nurse TS: Make staff assignments based on the staff's ability to meet the patient's needs and/or the acuity of the patient.
Charge Nurse TS: Notify DON or ADON of any deterioration of a patient's condition that warrants immediate intervention.
Charge Nurse TS: Provide leadership and direction to staff ensuring team work and patient-focused care.
Charge Nurse TS: Assist the Director of Nursing in evaluating the performance of the nursing staff.
Charge Nurse TS: Be a role model to staff in appearance, attitude, attendance, and attention to the concerns of patients/family and physicians. Wound Care TS: Provides consultation and direct assistance to the hospital nursing staff in the management of patients with ostomies and wounds (i.e . pressure ulcers, vascular ulcers, diabetic ulcers, burns, etc) by: assessment of the wound, recommendation of care to promotehealing, evaluation of response to treatment, and recommendation of alternative treatment approaches when indicated
Wound Care TS: Recommends patient care practices utilizing current national and regional standards
Wound Care TS: Assesses and monitors all wound care patients for appropriateness of care at least weekly.
Wound Care TS: Coordinates the use of specialty bed surfaces for appropriateness of care.
Wound Care TS: Collects clinical data on wound care patients and participates in performance improvement and quality assurance.
Wound Care TS: Coordinates wound care in-services for new hires and continued education for nursing staff.
Formal Education: Associate Degree or certification equivalent
Experience: Less than 6 months
*Inpatient Rehabilitation Experience preferred