RN - Clinic
Lovington Medical Clinic - Lovington, NM

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Provides ongoing patient centered nursing care. Completes initial assessment of patient including obtaining vital signs and gathering pertinent health information while following decision trees and protocols. Provides triage and consultation to patient, family, and/or significant others according to protocol and established guidelines. Initiates and implements a nursing plan of care individualized to the needs of each patient. Assesses patient/family readiness for participation and involves them in planning and implementing care. Seeks consultation as needed. Recognizes significant changes in patient’s condition, status and need for care. Provides ongoing assessment of patient and takes appropriate nursing actions when changes occur. Evaluates and implements changes of the plan of care as needed and collaborates with other health care team members to coordinate patient centered care.

Communicates with physicians and other members of the health care team. Provides patient status updates to physicians on a regular basis. Documents, maintains and updates accurate patient records according to agency, state, and federal guidelines. Administers medications, under physician/provider orders, which may include: antibiotics, narcotic pain medications, vitamins, topical agents, insulin, blood thinners, and allergy antigens. Initiates, maintains and discontinues IV therapy; performs mixing of medications according to protocols. Monitors the patient’s medication needs and response to treatment. Adjusts medication as appropriate within scope of practice and utilizing protocols established by the physician. Performs laboratory procedures and assists the physician/provider with procedures and surgeries using principles of aseptic technique and standard precautions/infection control guidelines

Preferred Skills:

• Registered Nurse license issued by the state of New Mexico. AND Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA).
• Associate's degree in Nursing.
• Proficient computer skills including keyboarding, navigation within a windows operating system, use of electronic mail and electronic medical records systems.
• Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to develop rapport and maintain positive, professional relationships with a variety of patients, staff and physicians.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively make critical, independent decisions.
• Good organization, prioritization and problem solving skills.
• Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions.
Desired Qualifications
Prior RN experience; experience in Women's Health preferred.
Physical and Mental Requirements:
Duties of the position require moderate physical activity including extended periods of standing and walking. Also required is bending, stooping, twisting, reaching and lifting up to 50 pounds. Must continually demonstrate visual acuity to assess patients, record vital signs and maintain IV. Must be able to hear through stethoscope and communicate with patients, staff and hear equipment alarms and telephones. Occasional heavy lifting required when moving or supporting patients who may suddenly become weak or helpless.
Hazards: Potential exposure to communicable diseases, blood, body fluids, sharps, repeated heavy lifting or pulling. Potential exposure to violent, angry or combative persons.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.