Carondelet Health Network
Position: RN- 1 NOVICE
Competition No.: 421.7231.0282-88
Posting Date: 01-17-2013 BiWeekly Hours: 72
POSITION SUMMARY: The novice nurse pursues experiences that serve to establish a basis upon which to practice. It is expected that the RN will provide safe care with supervision and guidance from experienced RNs. The novice is new to nursing, or new to a specialty. The RN incorporates theoretical knowledge into clinical situations and is able to perform basic skills and carry out a plan of care. The RN can identify abnormal findings, but may seek consultation for solutions. The nurse’s practice is primarily guided by referencing policies, procedures, and standards. The Novice is required to advance to the next level within 2 years of employment.
1.1 Assessment - An RN uses a systematic, dynamic way to collect and analyze data about a client, the first step in delivering nursing care. Assessment includes not only physiological data, but also psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, economic, and life-style factors as well.
o Initial assessment
o Focused assessment based on patient condition, setting and population
1.2 Problem Identification - Problem identification is the nurse’s clinical judgment about the client’s response to actual or potential health conditions or needs.
1.3 Planning and Outcomes - Based on the assessment and problem identification, the nurse sets measurable and achievable short- and long-range goals in collaboration with the patient and family. Assessment data, problem identification, and goals are written in the patient’s care plan so that nurses as well as other health professionals caring for the patient have access to it.
o Establishing daily goals with the patient and family
o Formulating a plan of care
o Transition or Discharge planning
1.4 Implementation - Nursing care is implemented according to the care plan, so continuity of care for the patient during hospitalization and in preparation for discharge is assured. Care is documented in the patient’s record.
o Ensures patient safety
o Medication administration
o Provision of ordered treatments
o Patient/Family education
o Provision of nursing care
o Documentation in healthcare record
1.5 Evaluation - Both the patient’s status and the effectiveness of the nursing care must be continuously evaluated, and the care plan modified as needed.
1.6 Care Coordination - Actions initiated by nurses with patients, families, and/or members of their healthcare team to manage and correct the sequence, timing, and/or effectiveness of patient care from admission to discharge.
POSITION COMPETENCIES: (All competencies identified in this document are essential to the satisfactory performance of the position by any/all incumbents, with reasonable accommodation, if necessary.)
1. Support and fulfill the mission of Carondelet.
Promote quality service within a compassionate environment by treating each person with dignity and respect. Support organizational efforts to provide health care for all.
2. Support and participate in achieving Carondelet's Strategic Vision.
Contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of the entity’s strategic plan and the departmental/unit program or operational plans aligned with the Network’s Strategic Vision. Identify opportunities to achieve the vision and participate in the development and implementation of unit objectives and action plan tasks. Respond to organizational changes required to achieve strategic objectives.
3. Continuing Education
Complete unit mandatory education and professional development education as defined by the unit manager.
4. Professional organizations
Identify professional organizations related to area of practice.
Identify ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses as a guideline for ethical practice. Seek out resources for palliative care and end of life issues when aggressive, life-extending interventions are no longer desired.
6. Evidence-Based Practice
Seek out resources to build evidence into practice.
7. Clinical Excellence
Practice is consistent with organizational policies, procedures, and standards.
8. Relationship-Based Care
Seek to identify new role as an RN in relation to building therapeutic relationships with patients and families. Recognize and respect cultural and spiritual differences.
Accept direction from RNs designated as coaches or preceptors. Seek information from experienced, advanced, and expert nurses to establish foundation for safe practice. Use SBAR communication with physicians.
Delegate with supervision.
Perform basic patient education. Use time as a novice RN to learn about RN practice.
12. Safety/Quality Improvement
Protects patients from harm.
13. Provide a safe, functional, supportive and effective environment for all patients, staff members and other individuals utilizing CHN facilities.
Protect patients from harm. Identify location of Hazardous Communication Manual(s) and identify use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS); Describe the procedure for handling spills involving hazardous materials and waste; Define the acronym RACER; Respond with appropriate phone numbers to call to report emergencies; Describe location of Emergency Preparedness Manual and describe primary component. Identify location of Unit Safety Plan Manual and describe the evacuation plan for the specific environment. Identify the location of fire pull-stations, hand-held fire extinguishers, and emergency power outlets for the specific environment
Required: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
Required: Valid current Arizona Nursing License
Required: Verbal and written communication skills
Required: Nurse Practice Act
Required: Basic computer skills
Required: Must be able to work variable shifts, holidays, and/or weekends