The Staff Nurse (SN) II is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for a group of patients for a designated time frame. The SN II provides care to patients via the therapeutic use of self, the nursing process, the environment and instrumentation, and other health care team members.
Performs assessment/data collection in an on-going systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and cognitive status; also nutrition, pain, patient/family education, family involvement and patient advocacy.
Formulates a goal-directed plan of care that is prioritized and based on determined nursing diagnosis and patient outcomes.
Implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent, and continuous manner.
Establishes priorities or patient care based on essential patient needs and available unit resources of time, personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Evaluates effectiveness of care given by health care team members.
Identifies patient/family learning needs and implements appropriate measures.
Documents patient care and unit activities in a timely, accurate, and concise manner.
Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to patient/family rights, age specific needs, cultural and ethical beliefs.
Demonstrates knowledge of and applies safety principles as identified within the institution.
Performs efficiently in emergency patient care situations following established protocols, remaining calm, informing appropriate persons, and documenting events.
Demonstrates sound knowledge base and actions in the care of a designated patient population.
Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional practice.
Participates regularly in staff development activities for unit and Department of Nursing personnel.
Demonstrates knowledge of legal issues, including patient confidentiality and risk management in all aspects of patient care and unit functioning.
Participates in unit and Department Performance Improvement activities as directed.
Delegates appropriately and coordinates duties of health care team members.
Utilizes effective communication methods and skills, following lines of authority, as appropriate.
Demonstrates a service philosophy in all interactions with patients, families, and all members of the health care team.
Establishes effective working relationships with members of the health care team, patients, and families. Acknowledges staff rights and cultural and ethical beliefs.
Provides data for staffing decisions and demonstrates flexibility in the resolution of staffing issues; demonstrates flexibility when floating to other units upon requests.
Ability to navigate in a windows environment, utilizing a mouse and the ability to learn electronic medical record system application.
Identifies and solves problems effectively.
Participates in nursing research activities as requested.
Perform other related duties as necessary.
This job motivates and provides work direction (direct, check, review, assign, organize and coordination) to LVN-s, Nurse Attendants, unit assistants, etc., but does not have the authority to hire, fire or discipline.