The Staff Nurse I – Senior Services oversees the delivery of care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to assigned patients in skilled nursing and extended care facilities. Collaborates with supervisors, physicians and other clinical disciplines in making decisions regarding patients’ care. Directs and guides patient teaching and activities of ancillary personnel while maintaining standards of professional nursing.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs assessment and develops a plan to focus on the resident’s physical, psychological and social needs.
2. Takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure and other vital signs to detect deviations and assesses condition of patients.
3. Administers prescribed medications and intravenous infusions. Assumes responsibility for correct dosages and maintaining correct infusion rates.
4. Aids physician during treatments and examinations of patients. Prepares rooms, equipment and supplies for exams.
5. Documents nursing interventions, patient reactions, effectiveness of treatments, and condition complications. Communicates information to charge nurse, peers and physician.
6. Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing interventions. Modifies the plan of care focusing on age and development status and patient outcomes.
7. Develops and instructs resident/family on home care plans and goals. Provides self-care instruction to both patient and family. Communicates appropriate medical information.
8. Acts as resource person regarding patient care. Assists in teaching of nonprofessional personnel on the unit.
9. Assists in the assessment of job performance of LPNs and nursing assistants on the unit.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.
Does Not Supervise Employees
Directly supervises employee(s). Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the
organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Graduate of an accredited nursing program required.
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing preferred. Previous experience in a long term care setting or acute hospital preferred. IV experience preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Registered Nurse with a current Illinois License required. CPR certification required.
AGE SPECIFIC CARE
The patient populations cared for by the employee in this job include:
Not Applicable (Does Not Provide Patient Care)
Neonatal (0 – 28 days) Infant (28 days – 1 year) Pediatric (1 – 12 years)
Adolescent (13 – 18 years) Adult Geriatric
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.
Patient Handling Category
High Level: Normal routine includes but are not limited to dependent patient transferring tasks, lifting tasks, repositioning, tasks, bathing patients in bed, making occupied beds, dressing patients, turning patients in bed, and tasks with long durations. When a lift or carrying task involves more than 35 lbs. of the patient’s weight, or is unpredictable and could exceed 35 pounds, then assistive devices should be used.
Medium Level: Normal routine includes partial patient assists that require no more help than stand-by, cueing, or coaxing, or caregiver is required to lift no more than 35 lbs. of a patient’s weight.
Low Level: Duties performed routinely do not include patient transferring tasks or patients are Independent - that is: patients perform tasks safely, without staff assistance or without assistive devices.
Object Handling Categories
Work requires the ability to lift/carry objects routinely as follows:
Heavy Lifting: Objects weighing 35-50 pounds lifted on a regular basis. Mechanical lifting devices (carts, dollies, pallet jacks, forklift trucks, etc.) or team lifts should be utilized.
Medium Lifting: Objects weighing 15-35 pounds lifted on a regular basis.
Light Lifting: No lifting of objects weighing more than 15 pounds on a regular basis.
Other Physical Demands (check all that apply)
Work requires the ability to stand up to two or more hours at a time.
Work requires the ability to stoop, bend, reach and grab with arms and hands, manual dexterity.
Work requires sufficient auditory and visual acuity to interact with and/or care for others.
Work requires color vision.
OSHA Exposure Category
Category I: Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.
Category II: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue, but exposure or
potential for exposure may occur.
Category III: Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their
employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.
The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
There may be an occupational risk for exposure to TB and the incumbent is required to take TB control training, PPD skin tests and/or health screenings.
The incumbent works with patients who have known or suspected TB; enters isolation rooms.
There is an occupational risk for exposure to TB and the incumbent is required to take Particulate Respirator Fit testing, in addition to TB control training, PPD skin tests and/or health screenings.
There is no occupational risk for exposure to TB.
Responsible for remaining up-to-date on all Federal, State and local laws, accreditation standards or regulatory agency requirements, which apply to the assigned area of responsibility and ensures compliance with all such laws and regulations.
Will comply with all aspects of the Presence Health Corporate Compliance Plan to include the immediate reporting of any known or suspected illegal or unethical behaviors, criminal conduct or patient/employee safety violations or issues.
Responsible for reading and understanding the Presence Health Service Promises, and committing to modeling and upholding the values of Honesty, Oneness, People, and Excellence.
Will sign an annual commitment statement and will be held accountable for the Service Promises daily and during the annual performance review.
Long Term Care