Utilizing the nursing process, provides high quality direct and indirect patient-centered care. Coordinates patient care by working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team, patients and families. Communicates, as appropriate, the patient's clinical condition, responding quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population served. Promotes the profession of nursing and professional practice through collegial support and interactions. Reports to the Clinical Nurse Manager.EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION:
- Must be a graduate of an accredited school of Nursing and have and maintain a current Registered Nurse license in the State of Connecticut. Must provide copy of diploma or transcript upon hire.
- Must have certification in BLS and NRP and S.T.A.B.L.E. upon hire or receive all certifications within a year after hire date and maintain clinical competency during employment with ECHN in this role.
- Previous NICU experience required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing and possess basic computer skills.
Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time.
1. Performs population-specific comprehensive assessments and re-assessments of the maternal and newborn's condition and care needs including the psychosocial, physical, educational, cultural, and spiritual aspects.
2. Assesses and reassesses pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management tools and techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management. Documentation reflects assessments, interventions and evaluation of effectiveness.
3. Develops and revises individualized plans of care as indicated by assessment and patient response to treatment. Evaluates overall plan daily for effectiveness. Involves the patient and family in the formulation of goals.
4. Follows the five (5) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors. Demonstrates knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and their clinical condition.
5. Performs all aspects of patient care which includes; Level II Newborn Intensive care, Well Newborn care and Postpartum, in an environment that optimizes patient safety and promotes positive patient outcomes.
6. Documents the nursing process and responses to care in a timely manner utilizing the appropriate tools.
7. Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations. Utilizes critical thinking skills and sound judgment in priority setting and delegation.
8. Formulates and implements a teaching plan for patients and families based upon identified learning needs. Evaluates effectiveness of learning.
9. Demonstrates autonomous practice, consistent with evidence-based standards. Pursues personal and professional growth and development. Serves as a professional role model and mentor.
10. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development for neonates of all gestational ages and for women over the lifespan. Possesses the skills necessary to provide age-appropriate care to patients served. Able to interpret data about the patient status in order to identify each patient's age-specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group.
11. Provides an accurate and pertinent report of the patient's condition for safe transfer of care.
12. Monitors the hemodynamic status of the neonate, correctly interpreting and responding to results, and communicating critical information to the provider in a timely manner.
13. Demonstrates knowledge and clinical competence with invasive equipment used in the care of the critical newborn.
14. Provides appropriate developmental care to sick and premature newborns.
15. Performs population-specific comprehensive assessments and re-assessments of the maternal and newborn's condition and care needs including the psychosocial, physical, educational, cultural, and spiritual aspects.