The Staff Registered Professional Nurse III (Staff RN III) is licensed to practice professional nursing in the state of Georgia, in good standing and without limitations; has a minimum of two years (2) years” full-time experience as a registered professional nurse, and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, an Associate Degree (AD) or a Diploma in Nursing. The BSN degree is preferred. The Northside Hospital Staff RN III manages care of an assigned group of patients in accordance with the philosophy and policies of the nursing division, to include the Northside Nursing Collaborative Care Model. Additionally, the practice of all professional nurses at Northside Hospital reflects the values of collaboration, communication, coordination, integration, and empowerment. Northside Hospital Staff Registered Nurse positions are based on a sequential progression from a novice nurse to an expert. The job descriptions for Staff RN I to Staff RN VI therefore imply that a nurse who is employed at a specific level possesses the knowledge, skills, competencies and critical thinking abilities of all prior (lower) levels. As an example, the job description for Staff RN III includes all provisions of Staff RN I and II in addition to the specific requirements of the Staff RN III position. The practice of Professional Nursing is a dynamic endeavor as practice parameters, evidence, and the structure of healthcare entities rapidly change. It is therefore important that Registered Nurses employed at Northside Hospital do not rely on a specific or historical job description to remain unchanged. Rather, this and future job descriptions are subject to modification in order to stay current with the healthcare needs of our patients and their families, the community as a whole, and the goals and vision of the organization. This job description may change without notice. STAFF RN III: The Staff RN III position is part of the NSH Nursing Excellence Track (NEXT) program. Staff RN IIIs are competent nurses and practice professional nursing in various clinical areas and settings. Distinguishing characteristics of this level: The Staff RN III… • Provides safe, competent patient care; is knowledgeable of current patient care guidelines, communicates with peers, colleagues, providers and others; and utilizes resources for specific patient conditions. • Independently implements the nursing process for patients and families and integrates unit- and service-wide evidence-based practice resources into clinical practice. • Is competent and safe in the operation of unit-based patient care technology; and routinely utilizes computer documentation and hospital information systems; Continues to develop personal practice competencies, skills and knowledge. • Serves as a preceptor for newly hired nurses, nursing students, nurse interns, nurse externs and other “learners”. • Participates in unit and service-wide patient safety and quality measures, and is continuously prepared for unannounced surveys from the Joint Commission, the State of Georgia, and other quality organizations. Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude; supports peers and colleagues, and participates in peers and colleague’s practice reviews. • Creates personal goals for lifelong learning and professional growth.