Under general supervision, the professional nurse adheres to the American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of professional nursing and performance, and the ANA Code of Ethics to provide care to all healthcare consumers. Applies critical thinking, evidence-based practices and competence to collaborate with the health care team to promote excellence in healthcare consumer safety and quality outcomes. Utilizes the Theory of Human Caring and Caritas in daily practice. "Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Founder / Director, Watson Caring Science Institute."
Maintain accurate, detailed reports and recordsMonitor, record and report symptoms and changes in patient's condition and vital signsDevelop and modify patient care plans as indicated by patient's responses and conditionsModify patient treatment plans as indicated by patient's responses and conditionsConsult and coordinate with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient careMonitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activityDirect and supervise less skilled nursing/health care personnelPrepare patients for, and assist with examinations and treatmentsAssess the needs of individuals, families and/or communities to identify potential health or safety problemsInstruct individuals and families on health education and disease prevention and after careAdminister nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patientsMedication administration, documentation and reassessmentPromote positive patient experienceOther job duties as assigned per unit addendum
Assessment - Collects comprehensive data pertinent to the healthcare consumer's health and/or situation.
oDemonstrates an understanding of assessment findings as they relate to disease process and continuum of care.
oRelays findings to interprofessional healthcare team.
oIdentifies and reports any abnormalities in assessment data per healthcare consumer specific parameters.
oPerforms data best practices and HIPAA compliance.
oCollects data to promote healthcare consumer, self, unit, and hospital improvement.
Diagnosis - Analyzes the assessment data to determine the nursing diagnosis and the pertinent healthcare consumers' barriers to health.
Outcomes Identification - Partners with healthcare consumer and interprofessional team to identify expected outcomes.
Plan - Partners with healthcare consumer and interprofessional team to develop a plan with measureable outcomes and goals that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes.
oInitiates a unique, outcome focused plan of care based on current nursing practice.Coordinates safe discharge planning process and follow-up care.
oAssesses healthcare consumer needs for continuing care and implements a plan that matches these needs with the available and appropriate resources through an interprofessional approach.
Implementation - Implements the identified plan by coordinating evidence-based care delivery and employing strategies to promote health and a safe environment.
oImplements care based on prioritized healthcare consumer needs.
oPartners with the healthcare consumer, family, significant others, and care givers as appropriate to implement the plan in a safe, realistic, and timely manner.
Evaluation - Evaluates, in partnership with the healthcare consumer, the effectiveness of the planned strategies in relation to the healthcare consumer's responses and attainment of expected outcomes.
oParticipates in assessing and assuring the responsible and appropriate use of interventions in order to minimize unwarranted or unwanted treatment and healthcare consumer suffering.
Ethics - Practices ethically and utilizes the ANA Code of Ethics to guide their decision-making.
oDelivers care in a nonjudgmental, nondiscriminatory manner that preserves the healthcare consumers' rights and confidentiality for the continuum of care from birth to end of life.
oCreates and maintains a secure, trusting environment by not sharing information learned on the job, except when necessary in the performance of the job responsibilities or to improve a healthcare consumer's care.
oActs as a healthcare consumer advocate.
Education - Obtains knowledge and competence that reflects current professional nursing practice.
oTen (10) CEs per year preferred and encouraged, or as noted as part of ProCAP applications.
oCollaborates with area clinical nursing educator to identify training and care team development needs.
oDemonstrates a commitment to life-long learning through self-reflection and inquiry to identify learning needs.
EBP/Research - Integrates evidence and research into professional nursing practice based on Denver Health guidelines.
oIncorporates research behaviors into clinical practice by demonstrating awareness of research findings, identifying areas of practice that can be improved through research utilization.
Quality of Practice - Contributes to professional nursing quality by practicing and evaluating own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules, regulations, and organizational position descriptions.
oSupports compliance with national patient safety goals, accrediting agency standards, and quality initiatives.
Communication - Communicates effectively in all areas of practice.
oPromotes positive interpersonal relationships with interprofessional teams, healthcare consumers and visitors.
oTreats these individuals with courtesy, dignity, empathy and respect; consistently displays courteous and respectful verbal and non-verbal communications.
oAssesses own communication skills and encounters with healthcare consumers, families, and colleagues.
oDiscloses observations or concerns related to hazards and errors in care or the practice environment to the appropriate level.
Leadership - Demonstrates transformational leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession.
oOversees the nursing care given by others while retaining accountability for the quality of care given to the healthcare consumer.
oAbides by the vision, the associated goals, and the plan to implement and measure progress of an individual healthcare consumer or progress within the context of the healthcare organization.
Collaboration - The registered nurse collaborates with the healthcare consumer, family, and others in the conduct of professional nursing practice.
oConsistently partners with interprofessional team on healthcare consumer throughput by proactively solving problems related to capacity and healthcare consumer flow.
oCollaborates with interprofessional teams to incorporate Lean principles for quality improvement initiatives.
Professional Practice Evaluation - Evaluates own professional practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules, and regulations. Participates in the peer-review process.
Resource Utilization - Utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.
Environmental Health - Promotes a practice environment that reduces environmental health risks for workers and healthcare consumers.
Documentation- Ensures complete documentation that complies with clinical guidelines.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Adherence to Standards of Professional Nursing Practice/ Process / Performance [ANA Standards addendum- signed] and accrediting body standards.Ensures all duties, responsibilities and competencies are conducted in a manner that is effective and appropriate to patients/clients to who care/service is being provided. Demonstrates knowledge and applicability of the principles of growth and development over the life span, as well as demonstrating the ability to assess data reflecting the patient's status and interpreting appropriate cultural information of the patient(s) to whom care/ services is being delivered/provided.Employee has completed and met their clinical competency standardsAbility to use medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care.Skilled in maintaining effective working relationship with patients, employees, and the public.Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situationsAbility to interpret adapt and apply guidelines and proceduresAbility to communicate clearly.Computers and TechnologyMicrosoft Office Suite required.EPIC documentation preferred.
Associate's Degree (Required) Completion of an accredited nursing education program that is accredited and satisfies the licensing requirements of the Colorado State Board of Nursing for Registered Nurses. Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) preferred. Experience: At least one-year RN experience in a direct patient care setting required.
Registered Nurse (Required) Active Registered Nurse (RN) License in the State of Colorado or a participating compact state. National board certification is a preference and encouraged for staff nurses. Active Registered Nurse (RN) License in the State of Colorado or a participating compact state. National board certification is a preference and encouraged for staff nurses.
Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) from American Heart Association (Required) American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification/CPR. *Specialty certifications as required/recommended per unit. All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment. American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Certification/CPR. *Specialty certifications as required/recommended per unit. All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Required) American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification (ACLS) required. Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification obtained within 6 months of hire.For those without previous Level 3 experience, STABLE certification must be obtained within 12 months of hire.American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certification (ACLS) required. Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification obtained within 6 months of hire.For those without previous Level 3 experience, STABLE certification must be obtained within 12 months of hire.
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Denver Health is an integrated, high-quality academic health care system considered a model for the nation that includes a Level I Trauma Center, a 555-bed acute care medical center, Denver's 911 emergency medical response system, 10 family health centers, 18 school-based health centers, Rocky Mountain Poison and Safety, a Public Health department, an HMO and The Denver Health Foundation.
As Colorado's primary, and essential, safety-net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided billions in uncompensated care for the uninsured. Denver Health is viewed as an Anchor Institution for the community, focusing on hiring and purchasing locally as applicable, serving as a pillar for community needs, and caring for more than 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.
Located near downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.
We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
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