The Registered Nurse – Float Pool promotes and restores patients' health by completing the nursing process; collaborating with physicians and inter-multidisciplinary team members; providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends, and families. The graduate nurse who holds a TPP must practice under the supervision of an experienced, Pennsylvania registered nurse who is physically present in the unit or area where the graduate nurse is practicing.
ESSENTIAL RESULTS & COMPETENCIES:
1. IDENTIFIES PATIENT CARE REQUIREMENTS
By establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand care requirements. Uses the nursing process as a framework to deliver care by establishing or contributing to a plan of care with the patient including a teaching plan, within 24 hours of admission; establishing or contributing to prioritization of goals appropriate to the patient's age and ability to learn; estimated length of stay, medical diagnoses and discharge plan; identifying nursing care needs, writing nursing interventions and identifying educational objectives appropriate to care standards; by reassessing and documenting the effectiveness of nursing actions and the patients progress toward goals as the patient's condition changes; by communicating the plan and patient progress to the interdisciplinary team.
2. ESTABLISHES A COMPASSIONATE ENVIRONMENT
By providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
3. PROMOTES PATIENT'S INDEPENDENCE
By establishing patient care goals; educating patient, friends, and family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills; answering questions by applying rehabilitation principles to patients served; by demonstrating competence in providing age specific care to pediatric patients, adult patients and geriatric patients.
4. 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; by participating in performance improvement activities; by assessing care provided to assigned patients by LPNs, Nursing Assistants, agency personnel, and other associates.
5. RESOLVES PATIENT PROBLEMS AND NEEDS
By utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies; by utilizing established communication methods to ensure resolution of patient problems and needs; by communicating patient status to the interdisciplinary team.
6. DOCUMENTS PATIENT CARE SERVICES
By documenting delivery of services, changes in the patient's condition and the patient's response to nursing interventions in the medical record according to policies and procedures.
7. MAINTAINS PATIENT CONFIDENCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL CONFIDENTIALITY
By keeping information confidential.
8. MAINTAINS SAFE AND CLEAN WORKING ENVIRONMENT
By complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from health care support personnel; by maintaining a clean and safe unit environment; keeping patient rooms, supply rooms and hallways free from clutter; by complying with procedures, rules and regulations; by adhering to infection control policies and procedures, medication administration and storage procedures and controlled substance regulations.
By maintaining compliance with professional, regulatory and governmental standards of care.
By demonstrating knowledge of responsibilities in an emergency situation (i.e., code blue, Dr. Wintergreen, etc.).
9. ENSURES OPERATION OF EQUIPMENT
By following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; entering work orders for equipment repairs; evaluating new equipment and techniques.
10. DEMONSTRATES FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
By checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; using equipment/supplies as needed to accomplish job results;
By minimizing overtime by work prioritization and delegation; recognizes and complies with RN's role in reimbursement for patient care services.
By identifying and providing input to Nurse Managers on work methods that reduce the cost and/or time required to deliver patient care.
By maintaining awareness of unit budget.
11. MAINTAINS PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
By identifying personal educational needs and opportunities; attending educational workshops; completing mandatory educational requirements; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional organizations; sharing new knowledge with teams; attending unit meetings; reading unit memos; participating in committees, projects and PI activities.
By maintaining responsibility for own professional development through active participation in in-services and/or continuing education programs.
12. MAINTAINS A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP AMONG HEALTH CARE TEAMS
By communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem-solving methods; by communicating patient care or team issues to the nurse manager or supervisor; holding each team member accountable for patient and team outcomes; participate in team meetings; offering suggestions for improvement to the program director; utilizing the chain of command to present issues or concerns; demonstrate positive conflict resolution skills with all associates; treat all associates with dignity and respect.
13. CONTRIBUTES TO ORGANIZATIONAL TEAM EFFORT
By arriving on duty as scheduled, maintaining attendance, punching in and out as per Good Shepherd policy and maintaining time sheet. By demonstrating flexibility in response to change by offering to assist team members with patient care needs and unit activities that arise throughout the shift; participating in orienting new employees; meeting dress code requirements.
By attending meetings as requested by organizational leaders; by positively representing the profession and organization at work and away from work; promoting and participating in organizational goals.
By mentoring channels of communication among nursing shifts, disciplines, departments, and external customers.
By utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies, to assure resolution of patient problems and needs.
Minimum Education Requirements: Associates degree required, BSN preferred, required by August 31, 2020.
Minimum Experience Requirements: One year of prior health care experience preferred.
License/Certifications: Current PA temporary practice permit and CPR certification for health care worker. The graduate nurse must register and complete the state board examination within 90 days from start date.
GOOD SHEPHERD'S UNIVERSAL FLU PROGRAM
As a health-care provider, we have a professional and ethical obligation to protect our patients and residents from developing further complications.
To protect our patients and residents, Good Shepherd is now requiring influenza (flu) vaccinations for all Associates, licensed independent practitioners, contracted, agency and temporary employees, students and volunteers.
Good Shepherd is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law.