A clinically competent, registered, professional nurse who assumes responsibility and accountability for a group of patients/residents through the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, implementation and evaluation. Effectively interacts with patients/residents, family members, responsible party and other health team members, while maintaining standards of professional nursing. The Registered Nurse (RN) plans, supervises and evaluates care of each patient/resident. The RN ensures that the status of the patient/resident condition is effectively communicated to the physician.
POSITION DESCRIPTION Assessment
Performs assessments on patients/residents and reassessments as per policy. Planning/Implementation/Evaluation: Develops and implements appropriate plan of care based on assessment and diagnosis tailored to meet each individual’s needs (physical, cultural and psychosocial), evaluates plan of care and makes necessary changes, works to meet individual patient/resident needs.
Medication Administration: Demonstrates knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient/resident and their clinical condition. Evaluates patient/resident responses to medications.
Patient/Resident/Family Education: Plans for and provides patient/resident, family and caregiver education, identifies learning needs, clearly communicates information and documents patient/resident response to education.
Documentation: Documents according to current standards and policies.
Plans for patient/resident discharge, anticipates and plans for long-term and/or short-term patient/resident needs, collaborates with the discharge planner when appropriate and assesses the patient/resident prior to discharge.
Delegation/Collaboration: Delegates and collaborates in providing patient/resident care according to licensure and skill levels, follows up to ensure success.
Other duties as assigned.
Interprets existing policies and procedures to licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified medication aides, residents, and families.
Supervises staff, evaluates the provision of direct resident care, and initiates corrective action as necessary.
Follows staffing guidelines and make nursing assignments according to qualifications of staff and characteristics of the resident population.
Participates in the employee evaluation process by providing information on the clinical performance of licensed nurses, certified nursing assistants and certified medications aides to the DON or DCS.
Monitors staff compliance with infection control, personal protection equipment, blood borne pathogens, hazardous material handling and fire safety.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Completion of an accredited Registered Nurse program.
A minimum of one year experience as a RN preferred
Supervisory experience preferred.
Possesses working knowledge of State and Federal regulations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Current state licensure as a Registered Nurse, which must be in good standing.
CPR Certification preferred for Assisted Living; required for LTC upon hire, or obtain within thirty (30) days of employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must possess strong collaborative, interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to create a high-performance, effective team that can produce consistent, demonstrated results.
Must demonstrate on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and ministry leadership.
The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and concisely on oral and written form.
Competencies needed for this position include strong interpersonal relationship skills, detail oriented, work in collaboration with others, demonstrate a high degree of integrity and personal commitment, possess strong analytical skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple deliverables at the same time.
Ability to function in a matrix environment and demonstrate a passion to succeed, be self- motivated, dependable, committed, and a willingness to see a project through to its conclusion.
Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to access all areas of the ministry throughout the work day.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally, 25 pounds frequently and 7 pounds constantly.
Required to obtain assistance of another qualified employee when attempting to lift or transfer objects over 25 pounds.
Occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds above the head.
Frequently required to push and pull items, such as resident/patient beds, requiring a force of up to 75 pounds.
Frequently required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing 100-400 pounds and occasionally required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing over 400 pounds.
Requires constant hand grasp and finger dexterity; frequent standing, walking, pushing and repetitive leg and arm movements, occasional bending, reaching forward and overhead, crouching and kneeling.
Occasionally required to sit in a stationary position.
Tolerate standing and walking for up to 8 hours at a time on hard and soft surfaces.
Frequently able to communicate verbally and in written form.
Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as voices and phone calls.
Frequently able to use all types of vision, such as close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception, to complete daily tasks.
Constantly required to detect unusual odors that could indicate environmental issues.
WORKING CONDITIONS Position is Category I of Potential Exposure
Use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for every employee engaging in Category I tasks. Frequently exposed to blood, body fluids, fumes, or airborne particles, and sharp objects potentially contaminated with blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Work is generally performed in an indoor, well-lighted, well-ventilated, heated and air- conditioned environment.
Subject to frequent interruptions by staff, residents, visitors, and volunteers.
Subject occasionally to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff, and visitors.
Possess a personal presence characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Ascension Living.
Possesses a willingness to learn and apply Catholic Healthcare principles and values in the discernment and decision making process for all matters.
Creates and maintains a partnership between employees, the community, and those we serve that fosters an environment honoring individual preferences, choices and traditions.
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