JOB DESCRIPTION: Identifies appropriate standards of care common to the patient population and safely provides patient care while supporting the unit's and hospital's Vision Alignment Matrix.
Serves as a resource to lesser experienced nurses and to support staff. Develops, revises policies and procedures that pertain to specialized patient populations and/or unit and hospital practices. Functions as the charge nurse as assigned.
Makes patient care assignments. Manages conflict and explores problem solving alternatives. Maintains courteous and professional behavior at all times.
Assesses assigned patients; reviews medical history, admitting diagnosis, physician's orders, nursing history, and evaluation of diagnostic data. Interviews patient and family to determine patient needs; communicates these to interdisciplinary health care team members as appropriate. Determines appropriate nursing interventions for identified problems, symptoms, behavioral changes.
Administers direct nursing care to assigned patients based on priorities and timeframes. Evaluates patients' responses to delivery of nursing care and patient education for self care. Keeps patient and family up to date on progress.
Develops, conducts and evaluates patient and family education in discussing plan of care. Teaches family and patient to perform specific procedures; documents activities. When required explains rational and/or principles behind the physiology or consequences of treatments.
Determines and mobilizes equipment and resources necessary for successful patient care; seeks assistance in completing nursing interventions. Collaborates with members of the health care team to determine patient needs and needs of significant others in planning the treatment. Attends scheduled staff meetings.
Provides clinical guidance to students and ancillary staff. Demonstrates competency in all new equipment and procedures. Serves on unit based committees.
Performs other related duties as required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of nursing.
One year of recent Registered Nursing experience (within the past 5 years). Must have a valid, active unencumbered Nursing license or temporary permit approved by the Georgia Licensing Board. BLS, ACLS, and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
Must have extended experience in IV access, fistula and ports.