With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David's HealthCare includes seven of the area's leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awardthe nation's highest presidential honor for performance excellencein 2014. St. David's HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 8,700 employees.
St. David's HealthCare is a unique partnership between hospital management company HCA and two local non-profitsSt. David's Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David's HealthCare in 1996, more than $269 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.
The NURSE EXTERN provides quality care to patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse, in accordance with the vision, mission, values and goals of St. David's Healthcare. Under the supervision and/or discretion of a Registered Nurse, the NURSE EXTERN performs various activities necessary in caring for the personal needs and comfort of patients and performs advanced technical nursing procedures and services within the parameters of the State Board of Nurse Examiners delegation rules and in accordance with the hospital policies and procedures. The NURSE EXTERN assists in maintaining a clean, well-organized and adequately stocked patient care area.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Requires tact and diplomacy in dealing with patients, physicians, support staff and the general public.
Works autonomously and with supervision.
Interfaces directly with public, physicians, staff, patients, administration and ancillary/support department representatives.
Demonstrates an understanding of, and adherence to, the principles of patient privacy and security of protected health information.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.
Must be able to demonstrate understanding of St. David's Service Excellence initiatives and philosophy
Anticipates/responds quickly to customer needs/concerns
Keeps customers informed
Keeps commitments to coworkers and customers
Demonstrates an understanding of and adherence to the Code of Conduct
Conduct reflects the company's values
Displays a positive attitude
Cooperative, open, receptive, approachable, flexible
Ability to move weight in excess of 100 pounds, with assistance from other staff.
Knowledge of infection control procedures.
Balances team and individual responsibilities
Participates in the implementation of nursing care plans by performing direct and indirect patient care under the supervision of the licensed nurse.
Maintains a clean, well-organized and adequately stocked patient care unit.
Performs clerical work to assist in overall functioning of the unit.
Currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. A student classification form signed by the school shall be submitted with the application, if requested by St. David's Healthcare.
Successful completion of the basic fundamental nursing courses and be able to perform the fundamental skills learned in the 1st semester of nursing school. Must have signed nursing school initial skills checklist and verification of appropriate competencies.
In good standing as a student within the school of nursing. A nursing student that fails a nursing course that causes the loss of eligibility to remain in the school of nursing, loses eligibility to remain in the NURSE EXTERN status. The individual has the opportunity (if available) to transfer into a different position that he or she is qualified and eligible for.
Must complete nursing school within 2 years of hire or will lose eligibility to remain in the NURSE EXTERN status
The Nurse Extern position will terminate within 90 days upon graduation from nursing school. Based on position availability, the Nurse Extern can then transfer into a different position that he / she is qualified and eligible for.
License / Certification
Required: Current certification in BLS that meets AHA BLS Course C or D provider standards.
Preferred: CNA license
Preferred: Volunteer or experience in an acute care hospital setting. Age specific knowledge of patient population in the clinical area selected.