The Registered Nurse is responsible for the delivery of quality patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. The Registered Nurse functions within the limits of the Missouri Nurse Practice Act, St. Alexius Hospital and Patient Care Services policies and practice guidelines, and performs in a comparable manner to peers with similar training, experience and circumstances.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
"*" Denotes the essential job functions according to ADA guidelines.
*1. Plans work assignments, including the staffing and scheduling of assignments, based on patient needs and qualification of the nursing staff using the Nursing Services guidelines to ensure adequate and appropriate staffing levels. Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes in work volume, schedule changes and emergencies.
*2. Acts as resource person for patients, visitors and staff in both routine and crisis situations. Addresses problems and complaints thoroughly and responds appropriately and promptly.
*3. Assesses the physical and psychosocial dimensions of patients using a holistic approach, within the scope of knowledge and experience base, upon admission and throughout the nursing process, and documents appropriately into the patient record following established standards of the patient care services department.
*4. Plans, implements and evaluates a formal written individualized plan of care within the appropriate time frame based on the nursing assessment and diagnosis and appropriate Standards of Care.
*5. Provides quality patient care from admission to discharge by collaborating with all healthcare team members and other departments and maintaining cost-effectiveness in accordance with established policy and practice guidelines.
*6. Participates in unit based quality improvement processes as required.
*7. Assumes accountability for professional growth by functioning as a preceptor for patient care staff and an educational resource for other healthcare professionals, maintaining a current professional knowledge base and developing leadership behaviors and skills as a charge nurse in accordance with established policies and practice guidelines.
*8. Demonstrates competencies of the Missouri Nurse Practice Act by practicing within established policies and practice guidelines.
*9. Demonstrates unit-defined competencies as required.
10. Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family members, from admission through discharge, demonstrating an awareness of family concerns and apprehensions, displaying empathy and genuine concern, and using verbal and non-verbal therapeutic techniques during interaction.