The qualified candidate will possess the following:|
1. Graduate from an accredited School of Registered Professional Nurses
2. Successful completing of Pharmacology exam
3. BCLS certification required annually
1. Medical/Surgical/Specialty Nursing
a. ACLS certification encouraged
b. Certification in Medical-Surgical Nursing or related specialty encouraged
1. Current registration to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia
D. Interpersonal requirements
1. Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills, has a commitment to customer service.
2. Communicates effectively with all applicable customers and age groups.
3. Ability to identify problem situations and implement actions of improvement
4. Develop and maintain professional working relationship with physicians and co-workers
The Registered Nurse (RN)is responsible for implementing the nursing process based on knowledge and experience in providing care for patients within the Medlcal-Surgical-Specialty Nursing Services Department. The functions of a Registered Nurse are to collect patient health data, analyze the data, identify expected outcomes individualized to the patient, develop a plan of care that prescribes interventions to attain the expected outcomes, implement the nterventions identified in the plan of care, and evaluate the patienfs progress toward attainment of the outcomes, especially as related to discharge planning and education. Effectively interacts with the family and other interdisciplinary team members to maximize efforts and resources needed to ensure quality patient care based on established clinical nursing practice standards. Works cooperatively with the medical staff and other hospital personnel who support the plan of care for addressing the multi-cultural and age appropriate care of adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The Registered Nurse addresses the patient/family biological, emotional, developmental, psychosocial and educational needs while serving as a clinical resource to physicians, other personnel and management. Supports the organizational vision and mission. As a professional nurse is able to independently perform job functions, contribute to the provision of quality nursing care through performance improvement activities, and is responsible for self-development.
Specific requirements include:
A. The RN participates in activities which assure quality patient care:
1. Participate in performance improvement activities as assigned.
2. Participate in continuous quality improvement activities within the hospital and/or nursing unit as assigned.
3. Completes medical record reviews as assigned.
B. Essential Patient Care Responsibilities/ Functions Include but not limited to:
1. Follows existing protocols and processes of culturally appropriate and age specific
plan of care.
2. Conducts an individualized patient assessment, prioritizing the data collection
based on the adolescent, adult or geriatric patient's immediate condition or needs according to procedures or protocols and reprioritizes care accordingly.
3. Develops plan of care that is individualized for the adolescent, adult or geriatric patient reflecting collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
4. Performs appropriate interventions as ordered by physician in an accurate and timely manner.
5. Provides individualized patient/family education customized to the adolescence, adult and geriatric patient and his/her family.
6. Documents patient assessment findings, behavioral/ psychosocial responses to nursing interventions and progress towards problem resolution.
7. Initiates emergency resuscitation measures according to adult resuscitation protocols.
8. Maintains confidentiality in matters related to patient, family and facility staff.
9. Provides care in a culturally sensitive manner to adolescent, adult and geriatric
patients, preserving autonomy, dignity and rights.
10. Maintains current competency in adolescent, adult and geriatric health care including the safe use of restraints, medications and clinical equipment.
11. Collecting, reporting and documentation of data including, but not limited to: vital signs, current medications, oximetry and blood glucose levels, specimens for diagnostic study according to age specific criteria.
12. Performs assigned clinical duties including but not limited to: preparing patients for
examination and/or treatment, and communicating/relaying information.
13. Assists in admission/transfer/discharge processes.
14. Is observant of patients and reports immediately any untoward signs, symptoms or
unusual occurrences to the supervisor and/or physician as indicated
15. Maintains a clean, safe and orderly environment.
16. Competent to administer medication and blood observing the five medication rights and documents patienfs response in a timely manner.
17. Competent to check physician orders, take verbal orders, check the MAR and make necessary corrections.
18. Competent in the insertion of intravenous line, care of site and clinical equipment.
19. Adheres to principles of infection prevention in performing patient care.
20. Records and receives report per voice mail.
21. Credits and returns unused supplies.
22. Follows established policies, procedures and protocols.
23. Performs other assigned duties as appropriate for training/competency level.
B. The RN demonstrates ability to adapt to varied age-specific patient populations:
Adolescent (12 to 18 years):
1. Explains procedures using correct terminology while addressing all questions.
2. Gives the patient choice to include parent/guardian if situation appropriate.
3. Includes parent/guardian in education.
4. Explains the purpose of equipment/assessments/procedures.
5. Involves the patient in decision-making and planning.
6. Maintains privacy while staying within sight whenever possible.
7. Utilizes equipment appropriate for the size/mobility of the patient
Adult (20-65 years):
1. Provides education regarding procedures to patienVsignificant other.
2. Explains information/equipment using correct understandable terminology.
3. Addresses the patient using their last name.
4. Involves the patient in procedures and planning.
5. Explain time sequences and individual variances.
6. Remains in sight of the patient whenever possible.
Geriatric ( > 65 years):
1. Provides education regarding procedures.
2. Speaks distinctly and does not raise voice unless patient is hard of hearing.
3. Provides adequate lighting.
4. Slows down pace if necessary.
5. Ensures patient warmth due to decrease in head regulation.
6. Permits patient to dictate mobility.
7. Interacts frequently with patient.
C. The RN meets departmental standards for professional accountability:
1. Obtains at least twenty hours of continuing education.
2. Acquires and maintains current knowledge and competency in nursing practice,and has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served.
3. Demonstrates competency in technical skills by completion of role specific unit and
departmental annual skills validations.
D. The RN consistently partiCipates in activities promoting customer satisfaction:
1. Responds promptly to all patient call lights or refers requests to the appropriately.
2. Assists the team in achieving or surpassing customer satisfaction survey goals.
3. Assists and collaborates with co-workers as part of the team.
4. Represents Floyd and Nursing through participation on community activities.
5. Appropriately handles and follows through on customer complaints and incidents.