Works under the supervision of the unit Supervisor/Manager/Director. A registered professional nurse is responsible for the delivery of patient care through the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. She/he is responsible for direction and guidance of patient teaching and activities of ancillary personnel while maintaining standards of professional nursing and the policies and operating instructions of Memorial Healthcare. Strives for superior performance by consistently providing a product of service to leadership and staff that is recognized as ultimately contributing to the patient and family experience. As a customer-focused Memorial Healthcare team member, he/she must be accessible, flexible, knowledgeable, and responsive.
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Assesses the physical, psychological, and social dimensions and the educational needs of the patient on admission and completes a written assessment within the time frame designated by the type of patient. 2. Identifies patient needs and formulates a written care plan based on the assessment of the patient. Care plan is initiated within 24 hours of admission. 3. Plan of care is implemented and documentation of effectiveness is reflected in the medical record. Revises/updates the plan as necessary or at least every 24 hours. Establishes a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families. 4. Promotes patient's independence by establishing patient care goals; teaching patient, friends, and family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills; and answering questions. 5. Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and nursing division's philosophies and standards of care set by state board of nursing, state nurse practice act, and other governing agency regulations. 6. Resolves patient problems and needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies. 7. Protects patients and other employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations. 8. Maintains continuity of care among nursing teams and physicians by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing patient needs. 9. Maintains a cooperative relationship among healthcare teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; and participating in team problem-solving methods. 10. Utilizes leadership skills through delegation to, communicate with, and evaluate team members. 11. Recognizes changes in status of the patient and provides appropriate intervention and documentation. 12. Prioritizes care based on individual patient needs. 13. Initiates appropriate referrals as identified to meet the discharge needs of patients in collaboration with case management. 14. Participates in inservice and/or continuing education to maintain and improve understanding of the present and future trends in healthcare, and participates in unit and hospital-wide committees to identify needs and assists in continuous performance improvement. Attends a minimum of eight monthly staff meetings annually. 15. Communicates identified unit problems following appropriate chain of command (Coordinator, Manager, Director, Vice President), and actively participates in the problem- solving process. 16. Demonstrates job related aspects of patient safety to assure a safe environment, safe and effective use of equipment and technology, and decreased risk of potential adverse patient occurrences. 17. Demonstrates knowledge of and supports hospital mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality statements, corporate compliance plan, customer service standards, and standards of behavior. 18. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served on his/her assigned unit. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the unit's and division's policies and procedures. 19. Performs other duties as assigned.
A. Graduate from an accredited school of nursing. B. RN license from Michigan. C. BSN preferred.
A. Related experience preferred, not required. B. Current certification in BLS for Healthcare Providers required. C. Departmental specific requirements as outlined in Attachment A.
3. ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
A. Travel independently from one location to another within the hospital. B. Access a patient in bed and his/her equipment for the purpose of assessment/treatment, including stooping to empty drainage bags, bending for baths, stretching for blood pressures, and raising arms over head for IV's. C. Safely move patients as ordered.
4. ESSENTIAL MENTAL ABILITIES
A. Complete a history and head-to-toe initial assessment of patient’s condition for multiple systems. B. Formulate a care plan based upon the assessment and to evaluate patients' reactions to the care plan. C. Understand doctor’s orders. D. Document assessment, interventions, and evaluation. E. Calculate medication dosages and IV rates. F. Function well under pressure.
5. ESSENTIAL TECHNICAL/MOTOR SKILLS
A. Hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for administration of medications, starting IV's, insertion and maintenance of various tubes (NG, catheter, etc.), dressing changes, assessment techniques, etc. B. Use a computer.
6. ESSENTIAL SENSORY REQUIREMENTS
A. Communicate receptively and expressively in English, both written and verbal, with diverse populations, including physicians, patients, families, community agencies, employees, and volunteers. B. Visually assess patient's condition and to auscultate lung, heart, bowel sounds, etc. and palpate as needed for assessment or treatment. C. Accurately hear communication by phone or in person. D. Maintain self control.
7. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
A. Interact effectively with patients and their families, public, physicians, and other Memorial Healthcare staff to provide appropriate and complete patient care. B. Maintain a professional and courteous manner. C. Maintain confidentiality.
Must live within 30 minutes of hospital for on call.
Internal Number: 6154
About Memorial Healthcare
Memorial Healthcare is a 150-bed hospital with satellite ambulatory centers serving residents in Central Michigan. We are a not-for-profit hospital governed by an independent Board of Trustees. We are the only hospital in Shiawassee County, serving a population of approximately 105,000.With satellite offices located throughout Shiawassee County, Memorial Healthcare continues to reach out to our patients in order to provide the very best in health care services. We serve all of Shiawassee County and several surrounding counties including Saginaw, Clinton, Ingham, and Genesee.Memorial Healthcare has been recognized by industry leaders for excellence in meeting or exceeding patient care standards as well as for its use of technology to address patient care, patient safety, and service quality.• Memorial’s Bariatric Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is the only community hospital in the state of Michigan to receive the Level 2B accreditation.• Memorial’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is accredited by American College of Surgeons with Commendation (2010 - 2013)• Accreditation with Commendation is the highest level awarded by the ACS• Top 100 "Most Wi...red" Hospital, small and rural (Hospitals & Health Networks)Memorial Healthcare is also recognized by the following organizations for meeting and/or exceeding patient care standards and safety processes:• Joint Commission (2009 - 2011) - Hospital, Home Health, and Memorial Medical Associates• College of American Pathologists Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (2009)Memorial's main campus is situated on 26 acres and houses 221,000 square feet of patient floors and ancillary services situated along the beautiful Shiawassee River in historic Owosso.Working together. Friendly neighborhoods. Good schools. Strong family ties. These are just a few of the things that make this area a great place to live and work. Memorial Healthcare feels fortunate to be a part of it - offering a positive impact on the quality of life in our community.The city of Owosso is nestled alongside the beautiful Shiawassee River and is a traditional urban area, conveniently located within 30-40 minutes of Lansing, Flint, and Saginaw. Its features include a vibrant downtown district with shopping, dining and entertainment establishments; residential neighborhoods featuring mixed architecture, incomes and uses; a grid system of tree-lined streets; a comprehensive network of sidewalks to encourage walking; businesses offering a wide range of service and manufacturing employment; neighborhood elementary schools; and an extensive park system. All of these features combine to provide an excellent quality of life for the city’s nearly 16,000 residents.