Job Summary Professional care provider who assesses, plans, implements, and evaluates the nursing care of patients from admission through discharge in a variety of patient care areas. In collaboration with the patient and family, provides theory-based professional nursing care and coordinates care delivery with various members of the interdisciplinary team.
Minimum Qualifications Education/Training BSN preferred. Associate Degree from an accredited School of Nursing required; Bachelor#s degree enrollment required within 6 months of start date and completion within 3 years. # Experience 2 years of RN experience. # License/Certification/Registration Current license as a Registered Nurse in the state or jurisdiction of the facility seeking employment, or Multistate Compact state or license eligible. CPR certification required by completion of introductory period. # Knowledge, Skills # Abilities Basic math skills.
Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills required. Demonstrated ability to precept.
Competent in principles of nursing practice in each unit worked. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, safety standards, and MedStar SPIRIT Values. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Collects and analyzes significant patient#s information that pertains to physical, psychological, socio-cultural, economic, spiritual, and life-style behaviors and efficiently leveraging available technology. Functions autonomously providing relationship-based care that promotes continuous, consistent, efficient and accountable delivery of nursing care using the nursing process with a favorable focus on patient experience. Identifies current and potential complex problems of specific patient populations, critically analyzes trends and changes in patient status, and plans appropriate interventions.
Incorporates evidence-based practice and research into patient care delivery, with a focus on quality and safety. Serves as a patient advocate by independently communicating clinical concerns, including ethical decisions, in a timely manner to other members of the interdisciplinary team. Practices within legal boundaries of nurse practice act and possesses a theoretical understanding of the universal ethical principles.
Recognizes ethical discourse in practice and may seek other resources in advocacy for support and counsel. Individualizes patients plan of care, focusing on short and long-range goals and effectively uses a variety of teaching resources to meet the learning needs of patients and families. Communicates patient information clearly and accurately in verbal and written format.
Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment. Identifies actual and potential patient safety issues and acts accordingly while incorporating HRO quality and safety principles. Demonstrates effective leadership behaviors.
Establishes priorities and delegates tasks to peers and ancillary staff as appropriate to scope of practice and unit requirements. Effectively uses problem identification and resolution skills, focusing on the clinical scenario to resolve the apparent concern. Follows the chain of command by consulting with other healthcare professionals and seeks assistance as needed.
Independently communicates concerns in a timely manner and makes suggestions to members of the interdisciplinary team by seeking and using resources effectively. Evaluates the patient#s response to treatment and progress toward short and long-range goals and revises nursing interventions as appropriate. Identifies patient and family needs prior to discharge.
Initiates and monitors discharge planning activities in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team. Independently identifies resources and strategies to enhance professional growth and development and commits to life-long learning. Engages in professional growth and development through reflective practice from performance feedback and participates in entity professional development activities.
Supports and contributes to the unit, department, entity, and organizational goals inclusive of the mission, vision, and values. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Performs other duties as assigned.
Works in a variety of patient care areas to independently assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the nursingcare of patients from admission through discharge.
In collaboration with the patient and family, providestheory-based professional nursing care and coordinates care delivery with the physician and other membersof the health care team.
Valid RN license in the State of Maryland.
2 years nursing experience.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated ability to precept.
Competent in principles of practice in all units.
Effectiveinterpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication skills. Basic math skills. Basic computer skillspreferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Based on assessment of physical, emotional, biophysical, and spiritual needs provides direct patient care and evaluates outcomes. Incorporates the principles of patient-centered care.
Communicates patient's clinical information clearly and accurately in verbal and written format. Clearly and accurately documents pertinent information in the patient's medical record. Consistently demonstrates effective documentation practices and develops strategies to ensure complete documentation of patient care.
Completes timely initial and ongoing patient assessments, considering the physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, and developmental needs of patients and families. Serves as a resource in planning care for complex patients.
Contributes to optimal patient outcomes as coordinator of a unit-based health care team. Supervises the provision of nursing care to assigned patients.
Consistently demonstrates effective leadership behavior. Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality. Facilitates collaboration among other health team members fostering effective communication with other disciplines.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Seeks opportunities to participate in developing, revising standards of practice to meet changing patient population requirements.
Evaluates the patient's response to treatment and progress toward identified goals and revises plan of care as appropriate. Monitors medical condition, intervenes using critical thinking, and reports patient changes to appropriate personnel.
Identifies health teaching needs of patients and families. Develops, implements, and evaluates a health teaching program to meet the identified needs. Effectively uses and adapts a variety of teaching resources in meeting he learning needs of patient/families.
In collaboration with the patient, family, and other members of the health care team, systematically develops, revises, and coordinates the patient's plan of care. Formulates nursing diagnosis as necessary. Assists others in developing, revising, and coordinating patient's plan of care.
In coordinating the delivery of patient care, delegates activities to unlicensed staff in accordance with MedStar/facility policies, principles of Patient-Centered Care, and the Maryland Nurse Practice Act. Supervises the performance of the delegated nursing task by the unlicensed staff.
Assists staff in delegation/time management skills. Identifies ways to facilitate working relationships among all levels of staff.
Initiates and monitors discharge planning activities in collaboration with other members of the health care team. Takes the lead in facilitating timely discharge.
Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment of caring for patients and families. Provides basic patient comfort measures.
When necessary, provides environmental support to expedite timely patient admission or transfer. Identifies and acts upon opportunities to improve the environment of care.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides for the emotional support of patients and families during the crisis of illness. Models patient/family advocacy.
Medstar Research Institute