Delivers direct and indirect care to Emergency Department patients through the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation, and evaluation. Interacts with patient, significant others and other health team members to coordinate total patient care. Maintains professional and unit specific standards of care. Manages time to accommodate patient and unit priorities.
Education and Formal Training: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing Program and holds a current valid license to practice nursing in North Carolina. Completion of general and job specific orientation program within expected timeframe. Current certification in BCLS, PALS, NIHSS, ACLS, and ASLS. New employees will be expected to attain current certification as defined by hospital policy. Employees who do not attain or maintain their certification as required by policy will not be allowed to work or use PTO and may be subject to further disciplinary action.
Work Experience: A minimum of two years’ experience in medical-surgical and/or critical care nursing is preferred. Previous experience in ER nursing is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Demonstrates a high level of mental and emotional tolerance and even temperament when dealing with ill people; uses tact, sensitivity, sound judgment, and a professional attitude when relating with patients, families, and co-workers at all times. Actively functions as a patient advocate. Must have thorough knowledge of all necessary patient assessment techniques, treatment techniques and the operation and maintenance of all unit specific equipment, including IV pumps, cardiac monitors, defibrillator, computer terminals, printers, and facsimile machines. Knowledge of current hospital emergency policies and procedures, including CPR is required along with knowledge of fire safety, disaster, and infection control policies. Excellent communication and administrative skills are necessary. Demonstrates an ability to respond to changing workloads and performs in an accurate and precise manner in crisis and emergency situations when time is critical. Uses support staff in an efficient and cost conscious manner.