Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA
Anticipated start date in November 2019
A novice, new graduate or an experienced nurse wishing to enter/reenter acute care. The Nurse Intern will work with a preceptor to deliver care to patients through the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation. Effectively interacts with patient, significant others, and other health team members, while maintaining standards of professional nursing. (Washington State Nurse Practice Act, WAC, ANA Code of Ethics). The Internship Program includes classroom as well as direct clinical experiences. For RNs from other states, their clinical experiences will not begin until their WA State license is shown as active, or they have a WA State Temporary Practice Permit. They will participate in classroom and educational aspects of the program.
Position Reports To:
Address patients, visitors, families, and co-workers in a pleasant and respectful manner: display courtesy at all times.
Respond quickly and appropriately to inquiries and requests.
Assist co-workers without prompting.
Display an unhurried and caring manner with visitors, families, and co-workers when performing duties.
Maintain confidentiality of all patient-hospital or physician related information. Refrain from gossip and speak in low tones in all appropriate areas.
Demonstrate a pleasing disposition and sensitivity to visitors', families, and co-workers' needs.
Below or at the accepted standard for unscheduled absences as outlined in HR8651.370.
Perform related assignments as requested in order to promote positive visitor, family, and co-worker relations.
Communicate, cooperate and perform related duties with other co-workers in your department and in other departments in a courteous and efficient manner to achieve overall hospital goals and objectives: hospital, departmental and unit-specific mission, vision and values.
Greet all visitors, families, and co-workers, patients and physicians in a courteous, respectful and professional manner at all times. Respond to all visitors, clients, families, and co-workers with empathy and positive interpersonal skills at all times.
Handle all requests with a positive attitude at the time the request is made.
Assume the responsibility for maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships with all those working or being cared for in the hospital, outpatient, or home setting .
Demonstrate a commitment to providing the highest and most reliable quality service available on a daily basis.
Strive for positive change in your work area. Cooperate with team members in a constructive and supportive manner.
Be responsible for addressing inappropriate or unacceptable behavior on the part of a co-worker(s) in your department; be aware of the progressive constructive disciplinary process.
Demonstrate ethical conduct and practices.
Maintains patients rights. Documents when withholding rights.
Exhibits interpersonal skills and professionalism that promotes a positive functioning unit. Refers unresolved conflicts via chain of command.
Active participation in problem-solving all identified issues.
Follows through on problems that may compromise patient care by using the appropriate chain of command.
Assumes responsibility for self evaluation/self improvement.
Participates in weekly evaluation of self with preceptor.
Participates in scheduled reviews with Internship Director.
Consistently advocates and functions within the guidelines of the Washington Nurse Practice Act and keeps current with the legal aspects of nursing.
Collaboratively with preceptor, coordinates patient care, utilizing the nursing process.
Utilizing Central Washington Hospital Standards of Nursing Practice, demonstrates appropriate age-specific assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the patient's care.
Collects and documents the patient's health history. Completes admission data base and other assessment tools as defined by unit policy. Identifies stressors, coping skills, strengths, and areas of concern for patient improvement with the patient/family.
Assesses home environment and identifies discharge needs sending referrals as needed.
Gathers information and data from non-licensed assistive personnel to use in developing an individual plan of care for each patient.
Makes accurate and ongoing assessment of patient's status and responds appropriately.
Sets priorities for nursing action in a logical sequence according to patient's needs and formulates an appropriate plan of nursing care as defined by nursing policy.
Involves the patient and family in formulating daily goals. Goals will be written on the white boards, when available depending upon unit, in each patient room.
Writes realistic, measurable, and timebound goals that are consistent with the treatment plan and, whenever possible, are set with the patient and/or family.
Prescribes appropriate nursing actions to meet those goals and the physical, psychological, social and rehabilitative needs of the patient.
Performs ongoing assessment as defined by nursing policy and revises plan of care based on new data and patient's condition.
Documents accurate and ongoing assessment of patient's status. Documents review of progress with patient.
Documentation reflects nursing interventions and patient's response, patient's needs, problems, capabilities, limitations, and progress towards goals.
Documentation includes completion of the patient education sections. Understanding of these instructions is noted in the medical record and discharge documentation.
Teaches patient/family and/or significant others appropriate health information in a timely manner and shares printed informational material.
Evaluates discharge plan daily for appropriateness, educational needs, and change as needed.
Utilizes Care Plans individualizing the tool to meet assessed patient needs.
In collaboration with preceptor, provides care for patients including, administration of medications and/or treatments.
Demonstrates necessary skills and knowledge to provide care for patients according to nursing policy, procedures, and standards of care and practice.
Demonstrates necessary skills and knowledge to provide care for patients according to general and unit-specific competencies.
Demonstrates ability to handle emergency situations in a prompt, precise and professional manner.
Demonstrates ability to delegate appropriately to non-licensed assistive personnel.
Compassionately gives personal patient care to provide comfort and well-being to the patient, acknowledging physiological and psychosocial needs.
Administers medications and IVs in accordance with WA State WAC. If intern is an LPN the Intern may administer the following medications/treatments with direct supervision by the preceptor:
administer IV fluids and medications.
administer medications, TPN, blood products via a central line.
access central lines for blood draws.
perform venipuncture to start IVs.
flush peripheral and PICC lines.
Observes and documents patient's response to pertinent medications.
Demonstrates ability and appropriate technical skills when administering treatments and procedures in accordance with physician's orders, and nursing policy and procedure. (Done in a timely manner).
Notes and enters orders per nursing policy.
Assures verbal orders are verified by “read-back” and entered for co-signature.
Accurately and concisely processes information.
Gives a thorough, concise report at change of shift.
Communicates appropriate information to unit charge person in a timely manner, including what work is in progress.
Communicates appropriate information to physicians and other health team members in a timely manner.
Demonstrates accurate and timely documentation.
Performs order checks at end of shift/24 hours.
Accurately charges for patient supplies.
Maintain a safe and sanitary work environment.
Maintains a clean, neat, and safe environment for patient and staff according to hospital and unit policies.
Insures that supplies and equipment necessary for patient care are stored in an organized and efficient manner.
Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and policy and procedures.
Follows appropriate procedure for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies.
Immediately removes and sends broken/malfunctioning equipment to Engineering Department with a tag stating the problem and /or a work order completed on line.
Maintains universal precautions at all times.
Collaborates with hospital personnel and physicians.
Communicates with physicians effectively on a daily basis, patient needs, nursing assessments, and recommendations.
Collaborates with other nurses and health team members to develop an appropriate plan of care designating who is responsible for each piece of the plan.
Adheres to Hospital/Nursing policy.
Reports to work 98% of the shifts scheduled prior to starting time.
Dresses according to Central Washington Hospital's Dress Code policy, specifically the nursing-specific Dress Code policy. Is conscientious in regard to personal hygiene.
Complies with specific hospital and departmental policies concerning safety and/or disaster plans.
Complies with specific hospital policy and procedure concerning infection control, events, and injury reporting.
Required to maintain active Basic Life Support (CPR) certification.
Other duties as assigned
Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (NLN standard).
Current LPN or RN licensure in the state of Washington (RCW 18.88). If LPN licensure, eligible to sit for NCLEX exam. If currently licensed as an RN in another state, WA license in pending status.
Completion of general hospital orientation and acceptance into New Graduate Internship Program.
Must be currently certified in BLS, and recertified annually.
Must possess basic computer skills related to Windows navigation, mouse usage, keyboarding, email communication and password management.
O = Occasional, represents 1 to 25% or up to 30 minutes in a 2 hour workday.
F = Frequent, represents 26 to 50% or up to 1 hour of a 2 hour workday.
C = Continuous, represents 51% to 100% or up to 2 hours of a 2 hour workday.
Physical/Sensory Demands For This Position:
Walking - C
Sitting/Standing - F
Reaching: Shoulder Height - F
Reaching: Above shoulder height - O
Reaching: Below shoulder height - F
Climbing - O
Pulling/Pushing: 25 pounds or less - F
Pulling/Pushing: 25 pounds to 50 pounds - F
Pulling/Pushing: Over 50 pounds - O
Lifting: 25 pounds or less - F
Lifting: 25 pounds to 50 pounds - F
Lifting: Over 50 pounds - O
Carrying: 25 pounds or less - F
Carrying: 25 pounds to 50 pounds - O
Carrying: Over 50 pounds - O
Crawling/Kneeling - O
Bending/Stooping/Crouching - F
Twisting/Turning - F
Repetitive Movement - O
Physical Exposures For This Position:
Unprotected Heights - No
Heat - No
Cold - No
Mechanical Hazards - Yes
Hazardous Substances - Yes
Blood Borne Pathogens Exposure Potential - Yes
Lighting - Not specified
Noise - No
Ionizing/Non-Ionizing Radiation - Yes
Infectious Diseases - Yes