Verity Health System offers a dynamic environment for individuals dedicated to careers in health care -- whether you seek a clinical or administrative role. Created in December 2015, the new Verity Health System team is working to revitalize our facilities to create a more welcoming, healing environment for our patients. We are investing in new technology to advance our delivery of safe, quality patient care. If you welcome the challenge of re-inventing healthcare for the patients we serve at our Verity Health hospitals and through our Verity Medical Foundation, this could be the opportunity for you. With more than 8,000 employees and physicians, Verity Health is a non-profit, non-religious health care system with 1,650 inpatient beds, six active emergency rooms and host of medical specialties including: orthopedics, transplant surgery, cardiology, maternal/child health and wound care, among other specialties. We are committed to the Verity Values of Caring, Respect, Integrity, Passion and Stewardship and the goal of serving our communities for generations to come.
The Staff Nurse – RN – Emergency Services provides professional nursing care within the Emergency Department; coordinates care planning with other disciplines. Provides care that meets the psychosocial, physical and general aspects of care. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs of patients, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicates with ED physicians regarding changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Responds quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. Knowledge of Mission and Core Values. Participates in hospital performance improvement.
MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care.
· Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes neonate, pediatric, adolescent and geriatric patients and the general patient population.
· Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
· Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
· Ability to monitor hemodynamic status of patient and correctly interpret the results.
· Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring, identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately.
· Accurately assigns triage categories.
· Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses and assessment of changes.
· Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Functions as liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.
· Demonstrates 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. 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.
· Interacts professionally with patient and family and involves patient and family in the formation of the plan of care.
· Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate.
· Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and his/her clinical condition.
· Follows the five medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
· Prepares, hangs, monitors and discontinues IV fluids.
· Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
· Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with hospital standards.
· Assists in cost containment through the appropriate ordering and conserving of supplies and equipment.
· Cooperates with other personnel to achieve departmental objectives; maintains good employee relations and interdepartmental objectives.
· Responds promptly to changes in workload, adjusting assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
· Provides resource information to other staff.
· Demonstrates the ability to assist physicians with procedures in the Emergency Department.
· Supervises temporary employees and employees who do not supervise; allocates and monitors work of others; leads one or more employees performing similar work.
· Orients new employees to the Emergency Department.
· Assists the Emergency Department Nurse Director in the development, implementation and evaluation of performance improvement indicators to improve patient outcomes and the work environment.
· Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education.
· Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, health plans and staff.
· Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
· Current California Registered Nurse license
· BSN preferred; graduate of accredited school of nursing
· Current BLS certification from American Heart Association
· Current ACLS certification from American Heart Association
· Current PALS certification from American Heart Association
· Current TNCC certification; desired
· Current CEN; desired
· MICN certification preferred; but within one year of hire
· Minimum of 2 recent years critical care/emergency care experience
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
· Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
· Additional languages preferred.
· Basic computer knowledge.
· Proficient in interpreting EKG.
· For physical demands of position, including vision, hearing, repetitive motion and environment, see following description.