The Staff Nurse applies and demonstrates knowledge of the delivery of professional nursing care, including all aspects of practice, as defined by the MN Board of Nursing and reinforced in St. Lukes policies. Plans, delegates to, and organizes nursing personnel. Manages and coordinates information between patient, family and healthcare team members; provides for education of patient's families and staff and evaluates outcomes.
Education: See Licensure/Certification/Registration requirements.
Additional required educational coursework as follows:
AWHONN Intro Fetal Heart Monitoring: Successful completion of AWHONN Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring online course (EFM-Electronic Fetal Monitoring) by the end of orientation to Labor and Delivery as assigned, unless previous experience.
AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring: Successful completion of Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course (two (2) day instructor-led) within six-eighteen (6-18) months of working in Labor and Delivery, and maintained every other year thereafter.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Current license in Minnesota to practice as a Registered Nurse. BLS Certification with a designation of either BLS Provider or Healthcare Provider from either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross or Military Training Network. NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification within one (1) year of hire date and maintained thereafter. Successful completion of STABLE (Six assessment and care modules: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional Support with 7th module: Quality Improvement) is required within ten (10) months of date of hire, and successfully maintained every other year thereafter. All staff hired to Staff Nurse position in Maternal Child Health Department must pass STABLE education requirement prior to December 31, 2019.
Additional education/certification for Staff Nurses required to orient to Pediatrics:
Successfully complete PEARS (Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) certification one time as a pre-requisite to PALS. PEARS need not be completed if PALS has been completed previously. Then successful completion of PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) prior to completion of Pediatrics orientation as assigned. PALS must be successfully maintained thereafter. All staff hired to Staff Nurse position in Maternal Child Health that are oriented to Pediatrics must complete PALS certification prior to December 31, 2019.
Experience: Preference is given to individuals with previous obstetric, neonatal, and/or pediatric nursing experience including an internship or capstone and/or completion of NRP, Basic Fetal Monitoring, Maternal Child Health nursing related certifications and/or current Stable Class.
Licensure/Certification/Registration: Lactation Certification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of current principles and techniques of nursing practice; knowledge of the practical application of the nursing process and physical assessment. Ability to function as a team leader, primary nurse and role model; to accept individual responsibility and accountability for decisions and outcome; to communicate effectively with patients, families, personnel and Physicians and establish professional working relationships with the same; to recognize the legal limits of nursing practice; to maintain professional competency through continuing education and independent study. Ability to support St. Lukes goals and objectives. Able to assess patients as to stage of labor, including obstetric history, crucial dilatation, effacement, station, position, frequency, duration and quality of contractions, and obtain fetal heart status. Able to teach pre- term labor, newborn and postpartum education. Demonstrates knowledge of maternal/fetal/newborn/pediatric high risk situations and initiate appropriate interventions. Demonstrates knowledge of transfer of patient to Level III facility for continued care. Demonstrates knowledge of special procedures, including amniotomy, amnioinfusion, induction of labor, tocolysis, newborn monitoring, newborn IV therapy, and feeding problems. Operates equipment unique to maternal, pediatric, and newborn care safely and according to established guidelines.
READING - Advanced: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquires or complaints.
WRITING - Intermediate: Ability to write routine reports, correspondence, or procedures.
SPEAKING - Intermediate: Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small group situations or before groups of customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS - Intermediate Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals and to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw or interpret bar graphs to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
REASONING ABILITY - Intermediate Skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES: Skilled at assessment and knowledgeable of growth and development. Provides appropriate care respective to the ages of the patients served per clinical environment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENT
Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking; lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients; considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching. Ability to see, hear, stand, bend, kneel, walk and lift up to fifty (50) pounds.
Stand - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Walk - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Sit - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 – 5.5 hours)
Use hands to finger, handle, or feel - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Reach with hands and arms - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Stoop, Squat, Kneel, or Crouch - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Bending-repetitive forward - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Talk or hear - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Up to 10 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Up to 25 pounds - Continuously Over 2/3 (5.5 – 8 hours)
Up to 35 pounds - Frequently 1/3 to 2/3 (2.5 – 5.5 hours)
Up to 50 pounds - Occasionally Under 1/3 (1-2.5 hours)
Typical Noise Level - Moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases; contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances; exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness); subject to varying and unpredictable situations; handles emergency or crisis situations; may perform emergency care; occasionally subjected to irregular hours; occasional pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries.