The primary purpose of your position is to function as a Medication Nurse and / or Team Leader , performing and directing resident care in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern our facility and as planned by the Unit Coordinator to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times.
The Staff Nurse is directly accountable to the Unit Coordinator ,Charge Nurse or Supervisor according to Wesley Health Care Center Policies and Procedures.
IV. JOB FUNCTIONS
Every effort has been made to make your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or is a logical assignment to the position.
V. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Administrative Functions
1. Act as Team Leader and / or Medication Nurse.
2. Help maintain integrity of resident care by assigning, directing and/or assisting with resident care and nursing procedures.
3. Ensure that the Nursing Services Procedure Manual is followed in rendering nursing care.
4. Cooperate with other resident services to ensure the continuity of the residents' total regimen of care is maintained.
5. Perform administrative duties such as completing medical forms, reports, evaluations, studies, charting, etc., as necessary.
6. Participate in quality assurance programs for nursing services.
7. Participate in surveys/inspections made by authorized government agencies.
8. Make written and oral reports/recommendations to the Unit Coordinator, as necessary/required, concerning the operation of the unit.
9. Meet with the Unit Coordinator, other nursing staff, and support personnel, in planning the unit's services, programs, and activities.
B. Committee Functions
1. Participate in Team Conferences and staff, resident and family teaching.
2. Assist in preparing written and/or oral reports of the unit's programs and activities as required, or as may be directed by the facility's committee(s).
3. Implement recommendations from the facility's committees as instructed by the Unit Coordinator.
4. Serve on Nursing Service Committees as necessary.
C. Personnel Functions
1. Make appropriate reports to the Unit Coordinator ,Charge Nurse or Supervisor as required or necessary.
2. Direct Certified Nursing Assistants as they provide nursing care.
3. Maintain a good working rapport with department personnel, as well as other departments within the facility, to assure that nursing services and activities can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents.
4. Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis.
5. Attend unit meetings.
D. Nursing Care Functions
1. Assist with the admission, discharge and transfer of residents.
2. Ensure that nurses notes are informative and descriptive of the nursing care being provided and that they reflect the resident's response to the care.
3. Assist the physician as necessary, ensuring prompt implementation of doctor's orders.
4. Assist in completing monthly nursing summaries.
5. Assist in making daily rounds to observe residents and to determine if nursing needs are being met.
6. Observe, record and report residents' condition, complaints or problems, contribute information, and/or make suggestions for resident care plans to the Unit Coordinator or Charge Nurse.
7. Administer medications and / or treatments as ordered by the resident's physicians; Assure that all medication passes and / or treatment schedules are being provided as ordered.
8. Review medex for completeness of information, accuracy in the transcription of physician orders, and adherence to stop order policies.
9. Provide direct nursing care as necessary.
10. Report problem areas to the Unit Coordinator/RN charge Nurse ,shift supervisor. Assist in developing and implementing corrective action.
11. Keep the Unit Coordinator/Charge Nurse, Supervisor informed of the status of residents and other related matters through written/oral reports.
12. Ensure that our written procedures for the administration, storage, and control of medications and supplies are being followed.
13. Ensure the nursing service treatment areas and treatment carts are maintained in a clean and safe manner at all times. Ensure medication preparation room and medication cart are maintained in a clean and safe at all times.
14. Work with the facility's consultants and implement those changes authorized by the Unit Coordinator.
15. Obtain specimens as ordered.
16. Take TPRs, blood pressures, etc., as necessary.
D. Nursing Care Functions (Cont.)
17. Monitor seriously ill residents.
18. Initiate and/or assist with emergency measures as needed in
accordance with Nursing Care Policies.
E. Staff Development
1. Assist in orienting new employees to your shift, its policies, procedures and routines.
2. Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
F. Safety and Sanitation
1. Follow established safety regulations in the use of equipment and supplies.
2. Ensure that nursing service work areas (i.e., nurses' stations, medicine preparation rooms, etc.,) are maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.
3. Ensure that all resident care rooms, treatment, areas building and grounds are maintained a clean, safe and sanitary manner.
4. Follow established departmental policies and procedures, including appropriate dress codes.
5. Participate in all fire safety and disaster preparedness drills in a safe and professional manner; know the appropriate response for someone in your position in the event of an alarm.
6. Implement written aseptic and isolation techniques.
7. Participate in the implementation and maintenance of the Infection Control program for monitoring communicable and/or infectious diseases among the residents and personnel.
8. Follow established infection control procedures.
9. Follow established procedures for the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.
10. Report hazardous conditions or equipment.
11. Follow established handwashing techniques in the administering of nursing care procedures.
G. Equipment and Supply Functions
1. Recommend to the Unit Coordinator the equipment/supply needs of the department.
2. Assure that a stock level of medications, medical supplies, equipment, etc., is maintained at all times to adequately meet the needs of the resident. Monitor supplies and equipment to assure that they are properly stocked, in good working order.
3. Use appropriate personal protective equipment when performing tasks involving exposure to blood/body fluids.
4. Follow procedures for the safe operation of all nursing service equipment.
5. Use only equipment that you have been trained and authorized to operate.
6. Operate nursing service equipment in a safe manner.
7. Assist in the evaluation and initiation of new supplies and equipment.
G. Equipment and Supply Functions
8. Ensure that nursing service supplies are used in an efficient manner to avoid waste.
9. Follow established procedures for the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.
H. Care Plan and Observation Functions
1. Observe, record and report resident conditions, complaints, or problems; contribute information and/or make suggestions for Nursing Care Plans through communication with the Unit Coordinator or Charge Nurse.
2. Review resident care plans for appropriate goals, problems, approaches, and make suggestions for revisions based on nursing needs of each resident.
3. Be aware of each resident's care plan on your assignment and ensure that care plans are used in administering daily care to the resident.
I. Resident Rights
1. Maintain confidentiality of all resident information.
2. Ensure that all residents are treated fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
3. Ensure that all nursing care is provided in privacy and that nursing service personnel knock and annouce before entering the resident's room.
4. Ensure that all nursing service personnel are knowledgeable of the residents' rights and responsibilities.
5. Report complaints and grievances made by the resident to the Unit Coordinator/Charge Nurse.
1. Notify the Unit Coordinator/Charge Nurse in the event of any emergency situation which may arise.
2. Be able to respond appropriately in the event of a Code Red, Code Purple, Code Blue.
3. Provide information to the Quality Assurance Committee as requested.
4. Coordinate evaluations and implementation of all new equipment and supplies.
5. Participate in studies pertinent to the unit.
6. Assist in maintaining a clean, safe, pleasant environment for staff, residents and visitors on the unit.
7. Perform all other related duties as designated.
K. Working Conditions
1. Works on a nursing unit as well as throughout the facility and its premises.
2. Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours.
3. Is subject to frequent interruptions.
4. Is involved with residents, family members, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions/circumstances.
5. Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, visitors, etc.
6. Normal working hours are starting 15 minutes prior to the assigned shift and ending 15
minutes after the assigned shift to facilitate continuity of care through report.
7. Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
8. Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
9. Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day.
10. May be subjected to infectious diseases, substances, contaminated articles, conditions, etc.
11. Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department personnel.
12. Maintains a liaison with the residents, their families, support personnel, etc., to assure that the residents' needs are continually met.
A. Educational Requirements
1. Graduation from an approved School of Nursing.
2. Currently licensed with the New York State Board of Regents.
1. One year of geriatric or medical/surgical experience preferred.
2. Medication experience preferred.
C. Specific Requirements
1. Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
2. Must be neat in appearance, punctual, honest, flexible, available, and compassionate.
3. Must possess an approachable, open-minded attitude.
4. Must have initiative, good judgement, leadership ability, and a pleasant professional manner.
5. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
6. Must demonstrate capability and willingness to accept authority and its responsibilities.
7. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
8. Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to long-term care.
9. Must possess the ability to work harmoniously with and supervise professional and non-professional personnel.
10. Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care and maintaining a sound operation.
11. Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle residents, staff, and visitors, based on whatever maturity level at which they are currently functioning.
12. Must possess the ability to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
13. Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.
D. Physical and Sensory Requirements
(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)
1. Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
2. Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
3. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
4. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
5. Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
6. Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
7. Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.
8. Must be able to lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 pounds.
9. Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.
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