NURSE EXTERN

UNM Hospitals

Job Detail

  • License Type RN Registered Nurse

Job Description

Position Summary: Provide basic patient care. Perform routine treatment procedures and assist in maintenance of a safe, clean environment. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups. Accountability:

  • PATIENT OBSERVATION – Observe patient to ensure their safety and well being; report observations to Charge Nurse or appropriate designee
  • PATIENT CARE – Provide basic patient care; take and record vital signs to include temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, blood pressure and intake-output measurements
  • PATIENT CARE – Assist with activities of daily living (ADL): meals, ambulation, hygiene, linen change and toileting as instructed
  • PATIENT CARE – Maintain therapeutic plan of care and minute to minute care of patient who is at extreme risk to self or others, as directed by the RN
  • PATIENT CARE – Complete documentation as required on the Electronic Medical Record
  • PATIENT CARE – Complete specific skills listed in the “University of New Mexico, Unlicensed Assistive Personnel Specific Functions” Matrix
  • DEVELOPMENT – Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops
  • PATIENT SAFETY 1 – Follow patient safety-related policies, procedures and protocols
  • PATIENT SAFETY 2 – Demonstrate proactive approach to patient safety by seeking opportunities to improve patient safety through questioning of current policies and processes
  • PATIENT SAFETY 3 – Identify and report/correct environmental conditions and/or situations that may put a patient at undue risk
  • PATIENT SAFETY 4 – Report potential or actual patient safety concerns, medical errors and/or near misses in a timely manner
  • PATIENT SAFETY 5 – Encourage patients to actively participate in their own care by asking questions and reporting treatment or situations that they don’t understand or may “not seem right”
  • Education Requirements:

  • Nursing student w/acute care clinical course
  • Complete basic nursing skills course at nursing school
  • Licensure/Certification Requirements:

  • Upon completion of intern/extern program must obtain temporary or permanent RN license within 6 weeks
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare/BLS Providers or for Professional Rescuers or must obtain within 30 calendar days of date of position
  • Experience Requirements – Preferred:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Bilingual English/Keres, Tewa, Tiwa, Towa, Zuni, or Navajo
  • 1/2 year (6 months) directly related experience sufficient to perform vital signs, basic care and assistance with ADLs
  • Physical Demands Requirements:

  • Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects or people. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.
  • Testing Requirements:

  • Tuberculin Skin Test required annually
  • Working Conditions Requirements:

  • Sig Hazard: Chemicals, bio hazardous materials requiring extensive safety precautions and may require protective equipment
  • Limited access to med room. Med Admin Policy, Att A
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