Nurse Graduate – 36 hrs/wk
Job Summary: The Registered Nurse of the Acute Care Unit delivers quality nursing care according to the standards within the ANA Standards of Clinical Practice and Maine Nurse Practice Act. Also, demonstrates competence in: nursing assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation; exhibits leadership skills, and teamwork. Promotes patient advocacy, and supports learning needs of staff and students, collaborates with other disciplines to ensure effective and efficient patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes. Also, supports the organization’s vision and mission. Utilizes knowledge of patient’s age and culture as well as learning needs in the provision of patient care, maintains organizational and unit requirements, and promotes a collaborative and cooperative environment with emphasis on customer service.
Working Requirements for Nurse Graduates (based on the Maine State Board of Nursing Criteria for Orientation prior to licensure)
Graduates are welcome to apply prior to submitting their application for examination. However, work as a Nurse Graduate cannot begin until the following has been met:
1. The new graduate shall have submitted an application for examination to NCLEX
2. The new graduate shall have submitted an application for licensure to the Board and have been declared eligible by the Board to take the examination prior to beginning orientation. Upon declaration of eligibility to test by the Board, the applicant is mailed an Authorization To Test (ATT) letter by the test service. The new graduate should provide a copy of the ATT to the employer to show evidence of having applied to the Board for licensure.
3. A registered professional nurse preceptor must be designated as the responsible individual to provide continuous, on-site supervision for the new graduate. However, a registered professional nurse may designate a licensed practical nurse to participate in the orientation for the graduate of a practical nursing program.
4. The new graduate may not engage in independent nursing responsibilities such as: delegating nursing functions to other nursing personnel, and independently passing medications or administering intravenous therapy. The new graduate should not be part of the facility’s staffing pattern, i.e. does not carry a patient assignment.
5. New graduates are required to pass the NCLEX examination within three months of starting orientation. If the individual is not licensed by the end of a three month orientation period or has failed the first attempt at the NCLEX examination, the new graduate may function only as an unlicensed assistive personnel(UAP).