The staff RN is a professional care giver who assumes responsibility and accountability for a group of patients for a designated time frame and provides care to those patient via therapeutic use of self, the nursing process, the environment/instrumentation, and other healthcare team members. If assigned as charge nurse, this nurse will serve as a resource for coordination of activities on the unit. Responsibilities as charge include, but not limited to, assessment of unit needs, available resources for current and oncoming shift(s) based on patient acuity, volume, individuals and family needs and special clinical procedures or interventions pending.
Performs plan of care intervention, including medication administration, specimen collection, clinical treatments, as well as other medical care treatment.
Documents patient care given.
Monitors, records, and communicates patient condition as appropriate to care team, physician, patient, and family.
Assists patients with performing activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, elimination, nutrition, and ambulation.
Collaborates as needed across disciplines to coordinate patient care, including patient transfer, discharge, referral and spiritual/psychosocial support needs.
Evaluates learning needs of patient and/or family and provides patient/family education appropriate to age, culture, condition, and circumstances.
Works as an advocate for the physical and emotional well-being of the patient.
Demonstrates knowledge and application of the nursing process.
Plans and implements patient care and teaching based on the total assessment and the age of the patient.
Develop plan of care that is individualized for the patient needs reflecting collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, the patient, and the family as appropriate.
Evaluates and documents the patient response; monitors and recognizes changes in physiological and psychosocial status; taking appropriate action based on the assessment of the patient.
Participates and cooperates in the unit-based Quality Improvement process.
Supports, maintains, and provides an environment which is supportive of quality patient care based on best practice using a holistic approach to care, and by adhering to effectively using resources and personnel.
Practices, develops, and endorses customer service skills in relationships with internal and external customers.
Serves as patient and family advocate with respect to the patient’s right to privacy, autonomy, and dignity by protecting confidentiality of information.
Formulate individualized teaching and educational plan based on identified learning need and evaluate the effectiveness of learning including the patient and family as appropriate.
Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meeting, workshops and shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education.
Perform other duties as assigned.
May be required to perform duties of the CNA, MA or LPN or other nursing staff on occasion.
Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service, projects and committees as assigned.
Adheres to and supports policies and procedures of STRHS-Lawrenceburg.
Compliance to the STRH-Lawrenceburg Standards of Performance is required.
Works scheduled shifts including overtime, when necessary.
Accepts all call schedule as directed.
Maintains a neat and professional appearance in compliance to the existing dress code.
Compliance to Dress Code Standards
Reports to the Director of Women's Services.