Jan 09, 2024

Staff Nurse

  • Skagit Regional Health
  • Mount Vernon, WA, USA

Job Description

The information described in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Other information: Job Summary The Staff Registered Nurse is responsible to the Department Director or Manager and is to be clinically competent; delivers care to patients utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation. Effectively interacts with patients, significant others, and other health team members while maintaining standards of professional nursing. The information described in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Essential Functions Assesses the patient; collects and documents the patient's current health status and medical history. Completes and/or reviews Admission Data Record as defined by policy. Makes accurate and ongoing assessment of patient's status and responds appropriately. Plans/Implements; sets priorities for nursing action in a logical sequence according to patient's needs and formulates a plan of care by the appropriate selection of Nurse Practice Standards. Evaluates; performs ongoing assessment and revised plan of care based on new data and patient's condition. Documents accurate and ongoing assessment of patient status to ensure patient safety and charge capture. Communicates with the physician regarding patient needs, the nursing assessments, and recommendations on a daily basis, and as needed. Collaborates with other nurses and health team members to ensure the patient's well-being. Teaches patient/significant other appropriate health information in a timely manner and shares written and visual informational material. Performs direct patient care, utilizing established policies, procedures and standards. Administers medications and IV's according to policy and procedure. Observes and documents patient's response to pertinent medications. Performs indirect patient care, utilizing established procedures, policies, and standards. Provides a thorough concise report at change of shift. Communicates pertinent information to the appropriate person in a timely manner. Performs accurate and timely documentation according to SVH guidelines. Accurately transcribes physician orders according to policies and procedures. Maintains a clean, neat, and safe environment for patients and staff according to policies and procedures. Ensures that supplies and equipment necessary for patient care are stored in an organized and efficient manner. Demonstrates correct and safe techniques in the use of equipment according to specific product information. Follows appropriate procedures for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies. Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner. Adheres to Administrative SVH/Nursing Service policies. Does not incur excessive overtime. Complies with specific SVH policies and procedures concerning safety. PATIENT SATISFACTION - Assists patients, family members or other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and privacy and communicates with them in a courteous and respectful manner. Answers and refers telephone calls or other inquiries to ensure accurate and timely communications are facilitated. Identifies him/herself in a pleasant and positive manner. Takes responsibility for helping the caller and/or visitor. TEAMWORK - Assists in the orientation/training of new Team Members. Consistently works in a positive and cooperative manner with fellow Team Members. Assists other Team Members in the performance of their assignments. Seeks out opportunities to help rather than waiting to be asked. Considers the impact of his/her actions on Team Members throughout SVH. Recognizes the need for variations in staffing and volunteers to fill open shifts, whenever possible. Takes directions and initiates actions (cross/additional training) that will allow the assumption of cross-functional duties to ensure seamless patient care. Demonstrates flexibility to perform duties wherever volume deems it necessary within SVH. PROBLEM SOLVING - Demonstrates sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Investigates and follows through on unusual orders or requests for service or information. Follows proper reporting procedures for actual or potential accidents and/or incidents so follow-up and/or prevention can occur. Records/reports the need for service maintenance or repair of equipment and removes any faulty equipment from service. Contributes to the achievement of Quality Improvement and participate in QI activities. Consistently evaluates work and determines if further steps are needed to meet client expectations. Takes initiative to do or redo inadequate or incomplete work, even it is not yours. Ensures compliance with regulatory standards. PRODUCTIVITY/EFFICIENCY - Consistently demonstrates the ability to respond to changing situations in a flexible manner in order to meet current needs, such as reprioritizing work as necessary. Minimizes non-productive time and fills slow periods with activities that will enable you to prepare to meet the future needs of SVH (education, organizing, housekeeping, assisting others). Organizes job functions and work area to be able to effectively complete varied assignments within established time frames. Consistently demonstrates the ability to take the initiative to make decisions/choices without direct supervision. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - Attends required annual in-service programs. Participates in continuing education activities and obtains required contact hours. Meets 100% attendance requirements to annual mandatory skill updates. Attends a minimum of 75% of scheduled staff meetings and reads and signs all minutes of meetings not attended. ADHERENCE TO SVH AND DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES - Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of all policies and procedures and ability to reference them from appropriate sources. Complies with SVH's infection control policies and procedures including Body Substance Isolation (BSI) and the Exposure Control Plan which reflects OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to ensure a safe working environment for self and others. Ensures that SVH is operated in an efficient and cost effective manner by adhering to SVH and departmental attendance policies as documented on the Employee Attendance Record. Demonstrates adherence and support of SVH-Wide Service Standards and SVH/Department Safe Practices Standards. Complies with all Skagit Regional Health, department and location specific policies and procedures. Education RN required. Knowledge of fundamentals of nursing practice and orthopedic, surgical and oncology nursing. Chemotherapy validation preferred. Experience/Training Registered nurse with a minimum of two years experience in orthopedic, surgical and oncology nursing preferred. Experience may be substituted by completion of the SRH Nurse Residency Program. License/Certifications Washington State RN License required. AHA (American Heart Association) Health Care Provider BLS required. Chemo validation required within 1 year of hire. Other Skills Demonstrates ability and appropriate technical skills when administering treatments and procedures in accordance with physician's orders and policies and procedures. Demonstrates necessary skills and knowledge to provide care for patients according to SVH and unit specific policies and procedures. Demonstrates ability to handle emergency situations in a prompt, precise, and professional manner. Provides personal patient care to provide comfort and well-being to the patient, acknowledging physiological and psychological needs. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required. Physical Demands and Work Environment The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift or move objects and patients weighing over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to focus.Skagit Regional Health offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 457b/401a (retirement), long term disability, and paid time off to all employees holding an FTE of 20 or more hours per week. Eligible employees also receive sick time pay.