Full Job Description
Organizes and administers individualized, professional patient care to patients within an assigned unit of the hospital in support of medical care. Provides nursing care as directed by medical staff and in accordance with the objectives, policies and procedures of the hospital and the state Nurse Practice Act. Uses an understanding of the principles of growth and development to assess each patients age specific needs and provide age specific treatment and care. Maintains the standards of nursing care as established. Provides patient teaching and discharge planning. Contributes to unit and hospital-wide Quality Improvement goals.. Identifies health and safety concerns and unsafe work practices within the workplace. Is involved in developing safe work practices and is held accountable for the day to day efforts of ensuring a safe workplace by following safe work practices. Provides safe quality patient care in cooperation with all departments using the nursing process and critical thinking skills. Is a patient advocate.
Provides patient orientation and delivers direct patient care consistent with standards of care guidelines and policies/procedures within the Nursing Department. Identifies patients safety needs, responding appropriately and provides for patient safety through preventive measures. Assesses and identifies the health status and nursing care needs of assigned patients (admission, shift, transfer, discharge) including physical, social, emotional, educational, spiritual and discharge needs. Gives concise and accurate bedside report for all patient handoffs based on current status of patient needs and outcomes of care provided. Initiates action and responds to emergency situations and codes per protocol.
Identifies, teaches and evaluates patients and family learning needs, including the ability and readiness to learn; utilizes knowledge of growth and development principles.
Organizes work based on patient need priorities and an understanding of the principles of growth and development and assesses each patient’s age specific needs and provide treatment and care.
Formulates a nursing care plan for assigned patients based on nursing diagnosis, specific outcomes, and appropriate nursing measures for the patient's age specific needs. Revises nursing care plans as needed based on observations and a continuing patient assessment as documented by self and other personnel, at least every 24 hours; documents resolution of problem.
Administers medications including intravenous therapy, blood, and blood product transfusion. Documents the patient's response to medications, treatments, procedures, and hospitalization; reports to physician as appropriate. Documents physician verbal and phone orders and transcribes physician orders correctly into EHR and performs a read back of these orders and any critical values.
Participates in and contributes to the Nursing Quality Improvement, Risk Management programs, and staff meetings; promotes customer satisfaction by promoting QI.
Participates in required and voluntary in-service and continuing education program to reach professional growth objectives. Assumes responsibility for tracking continuing education.
Participates in the support and guidance of nursing staff members and ancillary staff and promotes collaborative effort in patient care.
Serves as an advocate for patient’s dignity, privacy, confidentiality and care.
Knowledge of email, Meditech, Microsoft Office, Exit Care and other programs as necessary.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, and currently licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. BLS and ACLS certification required upon hire and maintained throughout employment. PALS, and specialized training desired.