The Registered Nurse (RN) provides professional nursing care to the patient by systematically applying specialized knowledge and skill as derived from the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences, to the care, treatment, counsel and education of patients with full implementation of the five phases of the nursing process and professional standards of care.
The RN is responsible for the direction and supervision of the patient care team including direct involvement in the performance management processes of hiring, discharging, and performance evaluation. The patient care team is typically made up of Certified Nurse Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses and Technical Care Associates but may involve other caregivers as needed. The RN will direct the patient care team, assigning and reassigning staff as appropriate to meet patient care needs. The RN will assess the needs of each patient for whom he or she is responsible, as well as the individual skills and abilities of the available staff, and, by the application of critical thinking and independent judgment, will determine team assignments to achieve desired outcomes.
1. Supervises the care of the patient by assigning and directing the health care team as appropriate to ensure achievement of desired outcomes, quality measures, and efficient utilization of resources.
2. Provides direct nursing care to neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient populations through full implementation of the five phases of the nursing process and professional standards of care.
3. Supervises patient care team, including assignment, direction, and, where necessary, implementing or recommending corrective action/disciplinary action.
4. Delegates to and collaborates with other members of the Health System as appropriate in coordinating patient care.
5. Oversees the delivery of care to the patient and is responsible for ensuring that other care givers are following established protocols by standard and operating within appropriate scope of practice.
6. Provides patient education and oversees the health care team in doing same so as to appropriately educate patients in self care and management of their disease state.
1. Current Michigan Nursing license, BSN preferred.
2. Knowledge about the care of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients
3. Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are required.
4. Ability to problem-solve.
5. Capable of standing, walking, stooping, bending and lifting up to 50 pounds.
6. Critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to assign and direct others in the delivery of patient care.
Ability to work in an unpredictable environment with wide variations in the types of patients, acuity levels times of admission/discharges and the number of patients/health care team members. Works in a standard or specialized patient care area with varying conditions regarding temperature control and potential exposure to hazardous materials, equipment, etc.