Registered Nurse – Emergency Dept. – 36 hours/week
Job Summary: Provide professional nursing care within the Emergency Department: coordinates care planning with other disciplines. Provide care that meets the psychosocial, physical and general aspects of care. Determine priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs of patients, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicate with ED physicians regarding changes in patient’s status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment.
- Provide direct patient care, evaluate outcomes, consult with other specialists as required, and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care
- Perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassess as per policy, includes neonate/pediatric/adolescent/geriatric patients/and the general patient population
- Ability to assess/reassess pain/and pain management, vital signs and patient progress and educates patient/family regarding pain management
- Ability to monitor hemodynamic status of patient, and correctly interpret the results
- Demonstrate knowledge of cardiac monitoring; identify dysrhythmias and treats appropriately, and accurately assigns triage categories
- Maintain accurate and continued nursing documentation, including patient histories conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes
- Treat patients and their families with respect and dignity; identify and address psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families
- Function as liaison between administration, patients, physicians & other healthcare providers
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patients served; be able to interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group
- Interact professionally with patient and family, and involve patient and family in the formation of the plan of care; formulate a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluate effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate
- Maintain current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition
- Follow orders when appropriate, withholding actions on questionable orders while seeking clarification in a timely manner
- Prepare/hang/monitor/discontinue IV fluids, and provide resource information to staff
- Maintain established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards, and maintain a safe, comfortable, and therapeutic environment for patients/families in accordance w/hospital standards.
- Assist in cost containment by appropriately ordering/conserving supplies/equipment
- Respond promptly to changes in workload, adjusting assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity/efficiency.
- Demonstrate the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the Emergency Department.
- Evaluate patient understanding and assess for questions before procedures are begun.
- Supervise temporary employees, and employees who do not supervise; allocate/monitor work of others, lead one or more employees performing similar work.
- Participate in orientation of new personnel, demonstrate familiarity with orientation procedure for new staff and actively participate as assigned. Support/welcome new staff while assisting with learning needs; includes nursing students & EMT’s in teaching opportunities.
- Assist the Emergency Department Nurse Manager in the development, implementation, and evaluation of performance improvement indicators to improve patient outcomes and the work environment.
- Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; show responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education.
Education, Skills, Experience Requirements:
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
- Acute / critical care experience preferred
- Proficient in interpreting EKG, and basic computer knowledge