Clinical Nurse I

County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA (30+ days ago)4.2


Under close supervision, incumbents apply the theoretical concepts of nursing in order to perform routine nursing patient care within established nursing policies and procedures in controlled patient care situations; and develop the skills, knowledge and techniques of acute nursing. This is the entry-level class in the series.

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Typical Tasks
Assessment

Obtains data for nursing assessment from patient and/or family;

Learns to utilize assessment data to formulate nursing diagnosis;

Observes patient behavior and documents in a clear, concise manner.
Planning

Identifies obvious patient care problems and established priorities for care based on nursing and medical diagnoses;

Under direction initiates a patient care plan and collaborates with other staff members when appropriate; may suggest revisions to a patient care plan dependent upon the changing needs of the patient;

Contributes to the development of unit standards of care;

Under direction, plans patient teaching activities.
Implementation
Complies with external and internal licensure regulations and accreditation body standards pertaining to nursing practice;

Recognizes and implements legal and ethical responsibilities and duties of registered nurses;

Establishes priorities and gives nursing care based on the patient care plan;

Accepts accountability for all nursing care provided;

Monitors compliance with safety standards and care protocols for self and others;

Documents nursing care given and patient's response to care;

Assists in coordinating the activities needed to implement the patient care plan;

Participates in implementation of patient discharge plan;

Under direction teaches patient and families.

Seeks supervision and guidance in developing nursing skills, in performing procedures not yet mastered and when functioning in unfamiliar situations.
Evaluation
Evaluates the patient's response to care provided;

Communicates evaluation outcomes to appropriate staff;

Evaluates teaching provided by self and others.
Employment Standards
Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a Registered Nurse or RN Interim Permittee as determined by the California Board of Registered Nursing and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position as indicated above.

Experience Note: An entry candidate typically would acquire the qualifications listed for this position by possessing a valid California Registered Nurse License and less than one year acute care nursing experience, or California Interim Permit issued to a graduate of a registered nurse program. A re-entry candidate would typically have past acute care nursing experience, have just completed a registered nurse refresher program, and have an active California Registered Nurse License.

Veterans Preference Information
This recruitment has been identified as non-entry level by the Human Resources Director. Any veteran who has submitted a copy of their DD214 form, and received an honorable discharge within the last five years, will be given a preferential credit of five percent (ten percent for those identified as disabled veteran's), after attaining a passing examination score for a numerically scored examination.