The Registered Nurse, Staff Nurse administers professional nursing services in caring for injured or ill patients, based upon the age of the individual served. Patients served may include: infants – newborn to 2 years of age; Pediatric – 2 to 10 years of age: Pediatric /Young Adult – 10 to 18 years of age; Adult – 18 to 65 years of age; Geriatric – over 65 years of age. The RN provides bedside nursing services following guidelines established in the Nurse Practice Act under the provisions of Act No. 149 of the Public Acts of 1967.
“Practice of Professional Nursing” means the performance for compensation of any act requiring substantial specialized judgment and skill founded on formal education which provides knowledge and application of the principles of nursing based on biological, physical, and social services; in care, counsel, treatment or observation of the ill, injured or infirm; or for the maintenance of health or the prevention of illness of others based upon the age of the patients served. Includes the performance of supervising, directing or teaching of less skilled personnel in the carrying out of delegated nursing activities.
The RN observes and documents response to therapy which includes biopsychosocial responses. The RN documents care given to patients and observed response from that care. The RN abides by the American Nurses Associate (ANA) code of ethics.
- Must have graduated from an approved school of professional nursing.
- Must maintain current licensure for professional nursing practice in the State of Michigan.
- Must be and maintain BLS/CPR and ACLS certification every 2 years according to the Michigan Heart Association guidelines. RN’s working in the Emergency Department will also be required to maintain PALS and TNCC certification.
- Demonstrates stress management by remaining composed during stressful situations.
- Demonstrates clinical competence in administration of quality nursing care to patients.
- Demonstrates personal acceptance of responsibility and accountability for self and team members.
- Demonstrates use of rehabilitative-restorative nursing techniques appropriate to the need of the patient.
- Promotes positive interpersonal relationships with staff members, administrators, physicians and the public.
- Accepts assigned duties within his/her knowledge, experience and educational training.
- Maintains confidentiality concerning the patient and family, staff members, administration and physicians.
Position Duties: Essential
- Demonstrates knowledge and implementation of the Nursing process through documentation of patient assessment, plan of action, implementation of nursing plan, and evaluation of patient to response to plan.
- Demonstrates identification of patient problems and health team involvement in planning care to address problems, through team conferences and documentation on nursing care plans based on the patient’s age.
- Integrates the nursing plan of care with the medical intervention; involving the patient and/or family in developing the plan of care.
- Revises the nursing care plan to meet the changing needs of the patient.
- Demonstrates the ability to prioritize nursing care based on the nursing care plan and patient case.
- Delegates shared aspects of care with select members of the nursing team caring for the patient.
- Demonstrates ability to coordinate the activities of team members.
- Evaluates and documents response of patient to his/her plan of care.
- Assesses self regarding nursing interventions within his/her scope of practice.
- Coordinates activities of non-nursing disciplines to implement individualized patient plan of care.
- Develops individual patient teaching plans.
- Communicates rationales for nursing interventions to the patient and/or patient family.
- Works with the patient and/or family to identify individual informational needs, including learning readiness.
- Formulates standards of care for a specific patient population.
- Collaborates with multi-disciplined health team members to meet specific patient learning needs.
- Incorporates a teaching plan s part of the patient nursing care plan.
- Assists in data gathering for oncoming shift report.
- Attends shift unit meetings; will offer suggestion for change; and will assist in implementation of change as agree upon by staff members and the shift supervisor.
- Participates in staff education either by teaching and/or the learner role. Will assist other members of the nursing care team to identify learning needs. Will communicate rationale for nursing interventions. Assists in delegated orientation functions performed by nursing staff members.
- Provides a positive professional role model for all members of the health care team.
- Demonstrates, by successful completion, ability to effectively implement physician orders affecting patient plan of care.
- Integrates the medical care plan with the nursing care plan.
- Notifies the physician of change in patient status and documents the same.
- Maintains an active patient advocacy program designed to integrate medical and nursing care plans for optimal intervention of the individual patient needs.
- Assists the shift supervisor with pertinent information concerning nursing care for the patient, therefore leading to the patient classification system for acuity levels.
- Assists with assigning aspects of patient care to other team members.
- Informs the supervisor of patient condition changes.
- Makes scheduled changes in time or work assignments through supervisor channels.
- Demonstrates cooperation with non-nursing departments in coordinating patient care.
- Demonstrates increased clinical competency by providing direct patient care to varied patient populations; teaching other health care members; reading current Nursing Journals; actively participating in continuing education programs; and expressing interest in advancing professional nursing skills.
- Maintains a professional appearance and serves as a role model to health care team members.
- Assumes the position of relief shift supervisor in the absence of the shift supervisor.
- Supervises nursing interventions of nursing personnel.
- Complies with HIPAA requirements for security and confidentiality.
- Observes all infection control and safety policies and procedures.
- Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of BCMH Corporate Compliance plan, Code of Conduct and reporting process of any compliance concerns.
- Must demonstrate a daily commitment to the Standards of Behavior and Core Values of BCMH.
- Shall be responsible for completing educational requirements.
- Performs other functions as assigned.
Physical Activities: Essential
- Repetitive Motion
An individual in this position will be required to carry or lift weights in the range of:
Up to 25 pounds frequently
Up to 50 pounds occasionally
Sensory and Communicative Activities: Essential
- Inside environmental conditions
- Blood borne pathogens
- Physical hazards
- Chemical hazards