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. Performs other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Graduation from Associate, Diploma, or Bachelor degree Nursing Program.
Must have knowledge of Growth and Development and show clinical expertise for ages of patients served.
Eligible for or currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Missouri
Recent clinical experience preferred.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Completion of CPR. Evaluative skills necessary for patient assessment. Decision making skills required for treatment planning/implementation. Clinical reasoning and judgment skills necessary for evaluation of nursing interventions and for safety of patients and self. Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with patients, visitors and staff. Ability to recognize need for and alter communication with patients with communication impairments Ability to manage time, organize daily schedule to meet productivity standards, and cope with professional stress
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
ESTIMATED PERCENTAGE OF TIME INCUMBENT COULD BE EXPECTED TO CARRY, PUSH, PULL, OR LIFT:
0 10 % 11 33% 34 66% 67 100%
UP TO 10lbs 67-100%
11 24 lbs 34-66%
25 34 lbs 34-66%
35 50 lbs 34-66%
51 74 lbs 34-66%
75 100 lbs 34-66%
ESTIMATED PERCENTAGE OF TIME INCUMBENT COULD BE EXPECTED TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
0 10 % 11 33% 34 66% 67 100%
Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time
Ability to lift heavy objects using proper lifting techniques and with assistance as necessary
Ability to transfer and move patients who vary with ability to assist weighing 200+ lbs. using proper lifting techniques and with assistance as necessary
Ability to lift objects and to push and pull equipment weighing in excess of 40 lbs. using proper techniques and with assistance as necessary
Manual dexterity, coordination and skillful use of hands when working with patient and equipment, which may include pushing buttons, adjusting dials, turning on/off switches, buckling, holding and positioning limbs/body parts, etc.
Ability to physically perform necessary documentation in writing or use of tape recorder
Sufficiently sighted, including color discrimination in designated departments, to perform analyses
An individual without requisites stated above may present a written justification explaining the relevance of his/her background for a specific vacant position. Depending on organizational needs and availability of more qualified applicants, an applicant may have some or all requisites revised or waived at the hospitals discretion.