Provide direct and indirect patient care to a seriously ill or surgical patients in an ICU setting. As a specialized nurse trained to treat patients who have suffered strokes, metabolic disorders or undergone invasive surgeries. Must communicate clearly and concisely with Providers, Nurse Manager, co-worker and ancillary staff as appropriate. Must be able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in patients’ clinical condition as well as medical emergency. Must also perform general nursing duties in all departments with adequate supervision. Assist in orientation of new staff or students, serve as a resource person and role model. Assumes other leadership roles as needed (i.e charge nurse).
- Promotes the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
- Communicate appropriately and clearly to Providers, Nurse Manager and co-workers.
- Perform patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patient’s age.
- Perform a head to toe assessment on all patient and reassessment per policy. To be able to identify sudden or subtle changes in patient condition.
- Ability to revise standard of care as indicated by the patient’s response to treatment and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness.
- Formulate a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluate effectiveness of learning. Family is included in teaching as appropriate.
- Assess and reassess pain management technique utilized. Educate the patient and family regarding pain management.
- Consult other department as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s need.
- Demonstrate an ability to assist providers with procedures and perform services requiring technical and manual skills.
- Demonstrate ability to be flexible, organized, and function under stressful situations.
- Treat patient and families with respect, dignity and without prejudice.
- Ensure patient confidentiality.
- Identify and address psychological, cultural, ethnic, religious and spiritual need of patients and their family.
- Function as liaison between administration, patient, providers, and other health care and allied health care professionals. Interact professionally with patient and family involving them as well in plan of care.
- Maintain a good working relationship both within the department and other department.
- Ensure that documentation meets current standards and policies. Maintain patient records to include documents needing scanned to the chart.
- Respond to medical emergencies and alert appropriate providers as needed in all departments.
- Manage and operate equipment safely and correctly.
- Coordinate and supervise patient care as necessary throughout recovery stay in ICU as well as continue onto the medical floor.
- May be required to float to ER as needed when census allows
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Adhere to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
- Complete annual education requirements.
- Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
- Report to work on time and as scheduled.
- Wear identification while on duty.
- Maintain regulatory requirements, including all state, federal and local regulations.
- Represent the organization in a positive and professional manner at all times.
- Comply with all organizational policies and standards regarding ethical business practices.
- Communicate the mission, ethics and goals of the organization.
- Participate in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
- Attend regular staff meetings and in-services.
- Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
- Current registered nurse licensure in the state of New Mexico
- Minimum of 2 years ICU experience required.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within thirty (30) days
- Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification within thirty (60) days
- Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification within thirty (60) days
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of nursing services, health information structure and technology
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations.
- Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail, and maintain a positive attitude.
- Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information.
- Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to handle difficult situations involving patients, physicians, or others in a professional manner.
Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions
- Working irregular hours including call hours
- Exposure to blood and body fluids, communicable diseases, chemicals, radiation, and repetitive motions
- Pushing and pulling heavy objects
- Full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients.
- Manual and finger dexterity
- Hand and eye coordination
- Standing and walking for extensive periods of time
- Lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 lbs
- Corrected vision and hearing to within normal range
- Working under stressful conditions