Registered Nurse - 8 Hr - Day Patient in Harlingen, TX at Harlingen Medical Center

Date Posted: 11/18/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description



Overview

The Registered Nurse provides direct-care in the medical \u2013 surgical setting. Communicates with physicians / Nurse Director / Co \u2013 Workers, as appropriate about changes in the patient’s clinical condition including results of diagnostics studies and symptomatology.  Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment.

Responsibilities

  • KNOWLEDGE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

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    RATING

    1.

    Completes initial assessment on new patients during pre - admission, including functional assessment, psychosocial, pain assessment, discharge planning, referrals to interdisciplinary team and code status.

     

    2.

    Initiates and updates patient care plan, assess patient educational needs and barriers to learning. Reviews and transcribe all telephone orders. Follows telephone read back policy.

     

    3.

    Explains all procedures to patients maintaining privacy and allowing patients to express emotional needs. Knowledge of IV medications, ADR and blood components.

     

    4.

    Documents evidence of nursing care on the patient’s record. Observes for reactions and/or complications and report to the physician in a timely manner.

     

    5.

    Knowledge about the National Patient Safety Goals.

     
        
     



  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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    RATING

    1.

    Consistently uses two patient identifiers when pre \u2013 admitting patients.

     

    2.

    Is in compliance with information contained in the Infection Manual (i.e. OSHA blood borne pathogen standards, CDC guidelines), and demonstrates appropriate use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, gowns, masks, goggles) and hand washing techniques.

     

    3.

    Avoids and prevents injury to self and patients by applying the principles of body mechanics.  Maintains a safe environment, functioning with an awareness and application of safety issues identified within the unit/facility, i.e. suction and oxygen immediately available when needed.

     

    4.

    Initiates discharge and patient / family education planning with proper documentation on the patient record.

     

    5.

    Detects and reports medication errors and ADR’s according to hospital policy.

     

    6.

    Performs all other duties as assigned or required.

     

    7.

     Ensures Crash Cart and Defibrillator function have been checked per protocol and after each use appropriate items are immediately replaced indicated by signature on the crash cart checklist).

     

    8.

    Performs all other duties as assigned or required.

     

     

     

     

  • INITIATIVE AND JUDGMENT/ATTENDANCE AND RELIABILITY

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    RATING

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    Independently recognizes and performs duties which need to be done without being directly assigned.  Establishes priorities; organizes work and time to meet them.

     

    2.

    Recognizes and responds to priorities, accepts changes and new ideas.  Has insight into problems and the ability to develop workable alternatives.

     

    3.

    Accepts constructive criticism in a positive manner.

     

    4.

    Adheres to attendance and punctuality requirements per hospital policy. Provides proper notification for absences and tardiness. Takes corrective action to prevent recurring absences or tardiness.

     

    5.

    Uses time effectively and constructively. Does not abuse supplies, equipment, and service.

     

    6.

    Observes all hospital and departmental policies governing conduct while at work (e.g., telephone and computer use, electronic messaging, smoking regulations, parking, breaks and other related policies).

     

     

    SECTION II:  SERVICE EXCELLENCE

     

     

    RATING

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    Patient-Centered: Respectful of and responds to patients preferences, values and needs

     

     

    a)    Understand, respects and displays sensitivity to culture, age and persons with disabilities.

     

     

    b)    Compassionate and empathetic in any interaction with patient, family or peers.

     

     

    c)    Communicate with patients, family, loved ones and peers in a positive way and in a way they understand.

     

     

    d)    For direct patient care faculty only

     

     

                           i.        Encourage empowered patients by involving all in their care.

     

     

                          ii.        Provide both clinical and emotional care through a patient’s stay. Explaining all things to patients and families in a way they can understand.

     

    2.

    Accountability & Customer Focused

     

     

    a)    Participates actively and positively affects the outcomes of customer service activities

     

     

    b)    Involves family and friends. Ensuring family and loved ones are notified and involved.

     

     

    c)    Take pride in the place of work and in one’s job every day. Ownership in one’s hospital.

     

    3.

    Teamwork & Communication

     

     

    a)    Committed to the "internal customer."

     

     

                          i.        Positive, proactive, collaborative, helpful and caring to coworkers and colleagues.

     

     

                         ii.        Developing peer relationships that enable the work group to accomplish the daily workload within the allotted time frame and achieve departmental goals.

     

     

    b)    Utilize respectful language, tone, body language and communication with patient, family, loved ones and peers. Communicate in a way they understand on the phone, in person, and all forms of interaction.

     

     

    c)    Timely and meets deadlines both internally and externally

     

     

                           i.         Notification to Department manager/Director of potential problem or concerns. When faced with a problem or concern, is proactive by presenting suggested solutions at the time that the Department manager/Director is made aware of the problem or concern.

     

     

                          ii.        Effective and timely processing of customers requests according to hospital and departmental policies.

     

     

    d)    Supports Patient Rights.

     

     

    e)    Using written communication that is legible, timely and at a level based on the position specific requirements.

     

     

    f)     Listening attentively to ensure effective two-way communication.

     

     

    g)    Expressing and accepting feedback in a professional manner.

     

    4.

    Privacy & Safety

     

     

    a)    Observes dress code policy and wears hospital identification as required by our policies and procedures.

     

     

    b)    Follow and abide by all privacy (HIPAA) regulations regarding patient information.

     

    5.

    Attitude & Respect

     

     

    a)    Being sensitive to customer’s emotions, thoughts and feelings by being culturally aware of their preferences and cultural norms.

     

     

    b)    Leading by example by emphasizing and highlighting the positive details of a situation or behaviors of others. 

     

     

    c)    Interacts with coworkers, other hospital staff, physicians, and the public in a courteous, professional and efficient manner.

     

     

    d)   Establishes good rapport and working relationships with coworkers, other hospital staff, physicians and the public. Creating this rapport by exhibiting dependable, empathetic, trustworthy and compassionate behavior.

     

     

    e)    Displays behavior that exhibits a commitment to providing the best quality care both clinical and emotionally to patients, family and peers.

     
        

    SECTION III:  CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

     

  • CORPORATE INTEGRITY

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    RATING

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    Understands and abides by all departmental policies and procedures as well as the Codes of Ethics, HIPAA requirements and patient rights.

     

    2.

    Complies with Federal, State, Local Laws that govern business practices. Complies with all deemed agency requirements and standards that apply to the position. 

     

    3.

    Is knowledgeable and adheres to all deemed agencies standards specific to the position.

     

    4.

    Participates actively in ensuring that all State and Federal Rules and Regulations are followed as they apply to this position. 

     

    5.

    Conducts business in an ethical and trustworthy manner at all times when dealing with patients, visitors, physicians, and fellow employees.

     

     

  • EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENT OF CARE 

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    RATING

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    Attends scheduled and mandatory in-service. Communicates ideas to supervisor for a safer layout of equipment, tools, and/or processes.

     

    2.

    Follows standard precautions and transmission-based precautions as shown by consistent use of appropriate personal protective equipment.

     

    3.

    Uses proper body mechanics at all times.  Seeks assistance when necessary to move heavy objects or to transport/transfer a heavy patient.

     

    4.

    Is knowledgeable in the hospital safety program and takes necessary steps to maintain a safe environment.  Adheres to safe work practices in order to prevent injuries and illnesses.

     

    5.

    Is familiar with emergency codes and emergency preparedness procedures and understands his/her role in response to each of the emergency codes.

     

    6.

    Maintains the department in a neat, clean, and orderly manner, especially in own work area.

     

    7.

    Eliminates or assists in eliminating any seen or known hazards in the workplace.  Reports any unsafe conditions to his or her immediate supervisor.

     

    8.

    Demonstrates good safety habits and judgment by maintaining a safe environment at all times.

     

    9.

    Complies with all hospital safety and injury prevention policies and regulations.

     

     

  • PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

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    RATING

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    Understands the Continuous Quality Improvement Process and applies it in performing everyday tasks/duties.  Active participant in Continuous Quality Improvement program by assisting in finding new and better ways of performing duties and responsibilities.

     

    2.

    Understands performance improvement concepts and demonstrates understanding by:

     

     

    a)    Defining performance improvement, and verbalizing at least one major goal of the performance improvement program within the hospital setting.

     

     

    b)    Ability to describe a quality improvement problem solving process   and how its use assists in reaching improving patient outcomes and/or organizational quality improvement goals.

     

     

    c)    Able to verbalize at least one departmental or hospital wide improvement initiative that has occurred within the last 12 months.

     

    3.

    Cooperates with others in the improvement of services offered at our institution. Continually makes recommendations that assist in the improvement of services.

     

    4.

    Continually strives for self-improvement in areas of responsibility by attending continuing education classes. 

     

    Qualifications

  • Current and valid state RN License.

  • BLS (AHA) certificate upon hire and maintain current.

  • ACLS (AHA) upon hire or within 30 days of hire and maintain current.

  • Moderate sedation competencies required 30 days upon hire.

  • Previous acute care hospital experience.

  • Behavior Violence Prevention Training within 60 days of hire.

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    We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to veteran status, disability, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics.  If you need special accommodation for the application process, please contact Human Resources.  EEO is the Law: http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf