Performs the primary functions of an RN in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care of all assigned patients of the unit during his/her shift. Is responsible for meeting the established surgical standards of nursing practice, for managing all assigned personnel, supplies and equipment on the unit, and for promoting teamwork with physicians and personnel of other departments. Is able to function independently with only occasional or limited supervision. Performs all other duties as assigned.
Core competencies: Medication Administration, Restraint Use, General Assessment, Pain Management, Falls, Blood Administration, Emergent Blood Administration, Age Specific, Compliance and computerized annual required education (HealthStream); additional competencies as defined by Department Director.
Education : Required: Graduate from an accredited school of nursing; current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Colorado. CPR required by completion of the unit-specific orientation and before working independently. For those RNs who will render care in Phase One Recovery and or who will assume call responsibility ACLS and ENPC or PALS is required within 6 months of employment. TNCC required within 6 months of employment.
Experience : 1 year ICU/recovery room experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities : Pursues programs of continuing education consistent with requirements of the Colorado Board of Nursing. Participates in educational conferences and updates and maintains professional knowledge and skills related to areas of responsibility. Attends mandatory in-services as required by Platte Valley Medical Center. Is required to attend 6 staff meetings per year. Must have strong communication and organizational skills. Have a sense of professionalism. Also the ability to organize work according to priorities. Must have tact when dealing with patients, families, and co workers. This job may require the employee to be responsible for the assessment, treatment, or care of patients of all ages, including neonate, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric. Consequently, the employee must be competent in the interpretation of a patient's self-report or behavior, and this information must be interpreted with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process. The treatment of patients should be individualized and should reflect an understanding of the developmental needs and range of treatment needs for each patient. (See �Competency Assessment� policy)