Maine RN License or eligible to obtain
POSITION SUMMARY : The Emergency Department is a high acuity, fast paced regional referral ED. Patients vary from independent mobility to total care and are of all ages. Patients may present with acute, non-acute or chronic illnesses and injuries. Charge Nurse oversees RN's and NT's on shift, helps coordinate patient care and flow of ED. Responsible for selected evaluations on staff. Specialty projects will be assigned by the Nurse Manager. Daily nursing assignments should be completed prior to the actual date of assignment. CN will address any immediate performance concerns with staff and supply feedback to the NM. Delegate tasks as appropriate to RN's and NT's. Minimally will work one shift per month clinically.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED : Registered Nurse licensed in Maine, BSN or other relevant health care field. National Certification in assigned specialty within 3 years of hire.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED : Ability to complete a comprehensive age specific nursing care to the population of patients within the assigned unit/area. ED nursing experience required. Charge nurse experience required.
BLS required, TNCC within one year.
Additional qualifications: Critical thinking, computer use, customer relations skills
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS : HazMat, SANE, MOAB, CEN, ACLS and PALS preferred
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Capacity to concentrate in a busy and often stressful environment. Visual Acuity, color vision, hearing acuity, and tactile sensation are necessary to perform assessment of patients including but not limited to: vital signs; patient responses and requests; equipment alarms; answering ambulance radio; description of drainages, lesions; palpation of bodily systems.
The ability to read English, manual dexterity, and visual acuity is required to pass medications including giving injections and performing IV therapy. The nurse must be able to lift 10 lbs. with one hand to attach IV pumps to IV poles. Reaching and stretching may be required at anytime.
The nurse must possess the degree of total body strength and flexibility to assist patients with transfers and mobility. The nurse must be able to lift a leg of 20 lbs. to assisting with a total lift of 200+ lbs. patient with other health care workers. Portable O2 tanks are lifted from O2 racks to stretchers to accompany patients. Stretchers, monitors, pumps are moved several times a day to accommodate patient and equipment transfers. The nurse may need to assist with removal of patients from cars and/or ambulances.
Manual dexterity, visual acuity, and color vision is necessary to measure body fluids and discard them as necessary.
The nurse must possess the degree of respiratory volumes and upper body strength to perform CPR and other patient care treatments. The nurse must be able to stretch, reach, and retrieve equipment from the supply carts or bend to reach equipment supplied below knee level.
Standing or walking comprises 85% of the nurse’s workday. The nursing staff walk an average of 4 miles a day. 15% of the time may be done sitting at the computer or charting, giving report, collaborating with other health team members for an 8 hour shift. Some 9 hour and some 12 hour shifts are utilized. A nurse assigned to Triage will be required to spend 85% of the shift sitting.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT : Fast paced clinical environment. Participation in unit specific and hospital wide activities that promote self and staff development. Participation in the development of unit specific strategic goals that assist with the fulfillment of the Eastern Maine Medical Center mission and vision.