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 – Labor & Delivery provides direct patient care in the Maternal Child Health Setting. Provides assessment and planning for individualized patient care. Communicates with physicians about changes in patient's clinical condition including results of diagnostic studies. Responds quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. Performs general Nursing duties in all Maternal Child Health Departments with adequate supervision. Participates in performance improvement activities.
MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Provides Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes: pediatric, geriatric 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.
· Ability to revise plan of care as indicated by the patient's response to treatment and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness.
· Performs patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patient's age.
· Knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and their clinical condition.
· Follows the five medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
· Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate.
· Demonstrates an ability to assist physicians with procedures and performs services requiring technical and manual skills.
· Demonstrates ability to perform treatments and provide services to level licensure.
· 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.
· Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
· Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population 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.
· Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
· Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient's needs.
· Communicates appropriately and clearly to Nurse Director, co-workers and physicians.
· Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.
· Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patients and family; communicates with Social Service/Discharge Planner regarding both in hospital and post discharge needs.
· Documentation meets current standards and policies.
· Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly.
· Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.
· Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
· Current California Registered Nurse license
· BSN preferred; graduate of accredited school of nursing
· Current BLS certification from American Heart Association
· Current NRP certification from American Heart Association
· Must have L&D experience (minimum 6 months)
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.