JOB TITLE & CODE:
Registered Nurse – Clinic (60316)
Various Ambulatory Departments
POSITION SUMMARY: The professional registered nurse has the authority, responsibility, and shift accountability for the delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process. The Registered Nurse accepts accountability, applies competent clinical knowledge skills, and uses independent nursing judgment for care provided by self and by health care providers to who care is delegated to achieve quality patient care outcomes.
The Registered Nurse must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care that is relevant to the patient(s) under their care, as well as apply principles of growth and development over the life span. The Registered Nurse also must possess the ability to assess and interpret patient data needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Current West Virginia licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse or a Graduate Nurse with a current West Virginia temporary practice permit. The Graduate nurse must obtain licensure within 60 days of hire (may not be waived).
Obtain certification in Basic Life Support within 30 days of hire date
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Bachelor's Degree in nursing preferred OR Associates of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN) or Diploma, currently enrolled in a BSN program and BSN completed within 5 years of hire preferred
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Provides direct patient care within the ambulatory setting, based on the nursing process and within role/scope of practice.
Performs preliminary assessment of patients through observation and chart review to facilitate appropriate follow-up with health care team.
Evaluates unstable or complex patient care situations and facilitates appropriate intervention.
Implements appropriate clinical decisions and demonstrates appropriate use of expert peers and/or management, as applicable.
Accepts accountability and uses independent nursing judgment for care provided by self and by health care providers to who care is delegated.
Demonstrates the appropriate use of standards, effective use of resources, and evaluation of patient response in the delivery of patient care.
Uses standards of care and standards of practice to guide care delivery.
Bases decisions made/actions taken on relevant scientific principles, established standards of care and/or research findings. Seeks assistance/credible resource when unable to perform safely and independently.
Determines/revises priorities for direct/indirect patient care activities based on patient acuity and available resources update to daily care plan to include appropriate algorithms for safe patient handling.
Uses established patient care support systems including documentation, communication, & information.
Responsible for educational instruction to patients and families with health care needs.
Identifies teaching/learning needs of patient.
Evaluates effectiveness of patient and family teaching and makes documentation in patient charts.
Assists in orientation of new employees according to unit orientation plan.
Applies information gained from educational experiences when providing patient care and instruction.
Assumes responsibility for the development of others.
Engages in mentoring and networking activities to promote professional development.
Fosters the integration of staff and/or students into the health care team. Facilitates incorporation of the unit's mission, values, and vision.
Demonstrates skill in the management of conflict situations.
Functions to promote trusting relationships and open, honest communication at the unit level.
Engages in exchange of information relevant to specific patient assignment.
Interacts with various members of the health care team to meet patient care needs.
Participates in Performance Improvement activities as appropriate.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends minimizing the need for employees to manually lift patients, and limit safe patient handling to 35 pounds. All transfers, lifts and re-positioning will be completed utilizing the lift equipment and/or other patient handling aids as indicated by the patient’s profile and appropriate algorithms.
Heavy/Hard work: Work requires strength and/or stamina, lifting, moving, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, and carrying of materials and equipment weighing 40+lbs.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working closely with others
Protracted or irregular hours
Working around biohazards
Working around infectious diseases
Working with hands in water
Electrical hazards associated with patient care equipment
This position may cover multiple clinic locations, some travel may be required.
Date Reviewed/Revised: January 2017