The IV Therapy team is a highly skilled group of nursing professionals who provide a key clinical service to our patients and who are highly valued by the staff nurses whom they support and partner with. The depth of experience of many members of this team is significant as is the leadership role which will require engagement in several multidisciplinary and inter-professional collaborations to promote the coordination of standards of practice across numerous departments and organizations. Many of the members of the staff hold positions in various IV/Infusion/Vascular Access Nursing associations.
The clinical nursing staff support the vision and practice under the guiding principles of the Department of Patient Care Services. The staff is committed to providing highly skilled, high quality family centered care to the patients and their families.
GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT
The staff nurse is a licensed registered nurse who is responsible for assuring competent, compassionate, individualized, nursing care for specific patients and families, including delegation to and supervision of non-professional clinical and support staff. The staff nurse is responsible and accountable for the overall nursing care management of a designated group of patients.
She/he collaborates with the Nursing Director and members of the Patient Care Team to achieve optimal Patient outcomes. She/he also collaborates with the patient toward meeting the needs and expectations of the patient and family. Staff nurses ensure that care is safe, efficient, effective, timely and meets the cultural, spiritual, and ethnic needs of each patient and family.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
a) Provides and maintains a therapeutic environment for patients and families.
b) Articulates the professional nursing role to the patient, family and health team members.
c) Identifies, plans and implements nursing interventions. Facilitates, and evaluates outcomes of nursing care for an individual patient or group of patients.
d) Coordinates involvement of the patient, family and health team members in patient care, including patient/family education, teaching and discharge planning.
e) Documents relevant patient data / information.
f) Communicates the plan of care and other pertinent information to/from other health care team members. Promotes continuity of care through effective hand-offs.
g) Helps define standards of excellence for patient care; participates in improvement of patient care services in a cost-effective way.
h) Performs specific functions as described in the unit Scope of Service.
i) Provides care appropriate to age group of patients on assigned unit(s) as described in relevant unit Scope of Service.
j) Participates in, and contributes to, performance improvement activities.
k) Integrates the six aims of performance improvement into care delivery:
(a) Safety - no needless death, injury, pain or suffering for patients or staff.
(b) Effectiveness - care and service will be based on best evidence, informed by patient values and preferences.
(c) Patient Centeredness - all care and service will honor the individual patients - their values, choices, culture, social context and specific needs.
(d) Timeliness - waste no one's time; no unnecessary waiting.
(e) Efficiency - remove all unnecessary processes or steps in a process; streamline all activities.
(f) Equity - all care and service will be fair and equitable - the system will treat all patients equally.
l) Exhibits compliance with regulatory and quality and safety requirements.
a) Teaches and directs all nonprofessional nursing personnel for whom she/he is responsible.
b) Participates in orientation of new permanent and temporary staff members.
c) Appropriately utilizes nursing resources.
d) Interprets hospital and departmental policies and procedures to nurses and other health team members.
a) Utilizes resources efficiently to facilitate optimal patient care.
b) Provides input to the Nursing Director regarding unit needs.
c) Participates in unit and departmental committees for formulation of nursing and hospital policies and procedures.
d) Professional Development:
i) Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current nursing education practices.
ii) Within the framework of the nursing Scope of Service (NPM 5.0 Guidelines-Patient Care: Statement of Accountability and Scope of Practice) and The Clinical Recognition Program (See guidelines, http://www.mghpcs.org/IPC/Programs/Recognition/Index.asp), collaborates with nurse manager / nursing director/clinical nurse specialist / nursing practice specialist to identify his/her level of practice and with clinical leadership, identifies appropriate learning experiences to enhance their professional development.
iii) Adheres to Department of Nursing requirements for required training.
iv) Identifies specific learning needs and goals and develops a plan to meet them.
v) Contributes to relevant committees, professional meetings, continuing educational and/or formal academic programs.
BSN preferred. Minimum of 1 year of recent RN experience required.
Experience in starting peripheral IVs and PICC Experience preferred. This 36 or 40 hour position requires a day/evening night rotation including weekends and holidays.
Massachusetts General Hospital