registered nurse

The Registered Nurse (RN) utilizes the nursing process to evaluate, direct and deliver comprehensive nursing care to patients in a safe and proficient manner according to individual patient needs. Assesses patient health problems and needs, develops and implements nursing care plans, and maintains medical records. Implements evidenced based practice, research development, process improvement, and education of staff.
Provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license, certification, registration, and/or assessed competencies. Practice will be in accordance with laws and regulations and will adhere to established policies, procedures and practice guidelines.
The Nurse RN III utilizes advanced knowledge, skills and expertise of a specific population as demonstrated in the following job responsibilities:
1. Delivers patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.
2. Assesses patient's condition, including biophysical, psychosocial, age specific needs, and safety needs.
3. Documents patient's status according to organizational policies and procedures.
4. Develops an individualized plan of care utilizing the nursing and medical diagnoses.
5. Uses a range of assessment techniques to collect relevant and accurate data.
6. Collaborates with other health care team members in formulating plan of care to ensure optimum patient outcomes and continuity of care.
7. Monitors, implements, and evaluates patient status, appropriateness of the nursing plan of care, and outcomes of the care provided on assigned patients.
8. Initiates a patient education plan according to the individualized needs of the patient, including patient and family instruction, health promotion, disease management and discharge planning.
9. Provides supervision and guidance to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and other non-licensed clinical support staff in delivering interdisciplinary patient care.
10. Provides clinical leadership such as: orientation of new staff, provides unit based in-services, serves on committees/task forces/councils, etc.
11. Serves as Charge Nurse and enforces compliance of unit's goals and standards.
12. Participates in continuous quality improvement activities to ensure the provision and improvement of safe and quality patient care.
13. Participates in supporting the organization's vision, mission and values and adheres to and exhibits DeKalb Medical Standards of Behavior.
14. Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of DeKalb Medical.
Minimum Education, Experience and Licensure Required:
Current Georgia License as a Registered Professional Nurse.
Graduate from an accredited college of nursing.
ASN degree required, BSN strongly preferred.
Greater than (5) years of experience in clinical specialty is required.
BLS certification through the American Heart Association required.
Additional certifications may be required according to area assigned.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Reflects on current nursing practice and applies evidence-based and/or best practice knowledge and technical skills.
Contributes to the education and professional development of others.
High degree of self-motivation and directional initiative.
Excellent customer service skills and strong drive to provide compassionate care.
Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
Strong communication skills with ability to effectively communicate technical information to patients and families.
Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities within a fast-paced environment
Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
Basic computer skills
Must be able to perform skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable.
Demonstrates and maintains competencies specific to patient population served.
Reports to: Nurse Manager/Clinical Coordinator
Positions Supervised: Provides clinical oversight and guidance to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and other non-licensed clinical support staff
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