JOB DESCRIPTION: Is a novice to the nursing profession. Learns to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to a variety of patient care situations. Draws on learned facts and rules to organize care and guide practice. With experience, is able to use the Synergy Model for Patient Care to recognize the uniqueness of each patient situation and modify care to meet patient/family needs. Demonstrates basic assessment skills. Begins to recognize the impact of nursing care on patient outcomes. Recognizes own performance limitations and seeks assistance when necessary. Documents the nursing process accurately and in the appropriate format (e.g. computer, clinical pathway, and chart) with assistance when necessary. Evaluates patient's response to planned care. Begins to identify patient and family learning needs and utilizes resources to meet those needs. Verbalizes awareness of AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. Begins to develop time management skills. Able to access and locate policies and procedures on line in Lotus Notes. Able to locate and access supporting sources of evidence-based research reference(s) cited with each policy and procedure on line in Lotus Notes. Begins to develop delegation skills based on the synergy model of care. Develops listening skills. Identifies barriers to communication and seeks assistance in facilitating communication. Ensures utilization of appropriate supplies to deliver patient care. Charges for supplies appropriately. Functions as Charge Nurse only when assigned due to extenuating circumstances. Demonstrates care and concern for patients and families. Acts promptly to help patients and families in routine situations. Respects and maintains confidential information. Identifies own learning needs and seeks resources to meet those needs. Attends Synergy 101 class. BLS, ACLS (if required). Annual fit testing. Annual health assessment completed in month of hire. Completes annual regulatory/safety/compliance tests on-line. Successfully completes residency program (if available in specialty area) otherwise successfully completes orientation and is able to care for set of patients independent of preceptor. Completes and turns in Orientation Skills Checklist. Attends 75% of dept-based meetings (defined by dept leadership). Meets attendance requirements. Achieves required points and contact hours as defined in the PLAN (clinical lattice) point system to maintain role.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: External candidates must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. All candidates must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia and have less than 12 months experience within the past five years. BLS certification required and ACLS may be required in designated departments.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking; Occasional sitting; Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing); Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure; Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors; Communicable diseases; Electrical shock; Floor Surfaces; Hot/Cold Temperatures; Indoor/Outdoor conditions; Latex; Lighting; Patient care/handling injuries; Radiation; Shift work; Travel may be required; Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators; environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.