Altru Health System

Registered Nurse

Grand Forks, ND
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Mar 09, 2018
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The Registered Nurse provides direct nursing care in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols of the organization. The nurse maintains the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit. The nurse facilitates the coordination of patient care within the interdisciplinary care team and provides patient education to assure safe patient discharge.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Demonstrates competency and ability to carry out department specific functions in accordance to the department's standards of care, policies and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the department/organization.
  2. Develops a plan of care based on assessment that reflects the patient's physical, psychological, social, educational, developmental and rehabilitative needs based on patient's age, ethnic origin, economic status, lifestyle, creed or philosophical beliefs.
  3. Assesses the patient's condition and nursing needs, sets goals, and prescribes appropriate nursing actions to meet those goals and the physical, psychological, social, and rehabilitative needs of the patient, including discharge planning.
  4. Assesses, intervenes, and reassesses the patient's self-report/symptoms of pain promptly and takes appropriate action according to standard operating procedure.
  5. Identifies the early warning signs of a change in a patient's condition and responds appropriately to a deteriorating patient, including contacting responsible clinicians as indicated by standard operating procedure. Assists with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments in patient conditions.
  6. Reports pertinent observations and reactions regarding patients to the appropriate multidisciplinary team member and records those observations accurately and concisely. Ensures that intervention or referrals are made promptly. Completes and submits all incident reports (patient, visitor, staff) prior to the completion of each shift.
  7. Establishes and maintains communication and utilizes educational opportunities with patients and other significant individuals.
  8. As early as possible, begins discharge planning, appropriate education and counseling based on identified needs to optimize patient/family understanding. Evaluates and documents according to standard operating procedure.
  9. Assigns or delegates, within the scope of practice, education and experience, the responsibility for performance of nursing interventions to other persons for which that person has the necessary skills and competence to accomplish safely.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
  11. Demonstrates understanding and follows infection control policies and procedures according to standard operating procedure.
  12. Maintains requirements for age specific competencies for the position and demonstrates the knowledge or principles of growth and developments and the skills necessary to provide patient/customer care/services.
  13. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of and compliance with:
  14. All pertinent safety, health and environmental policies, procedures and guidelines.
  15. Working safely, without causing harm or risk to self, others or property.
  16. The work environment safety procedures and prompt reporting of unsafe practices, procedures, accidents, injuries or other safety violations to the Leader.
  17. The use of all safety equipment and personal protective equipment.

License, Certification & Registration:

  • Registered Nurse license though the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON) or Compact State Agreement prior to start date.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) required within 2 months of start date.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written format.
  • Completion of functional assessment.

Physical Demands:

Sit Occasionally (6-33%) Stand Frequently (34-66%) Walk Frequently (34-66%) Stoop/Bend Frequently (34-66%) Reach Frequently (34-66%) Climb Not Applicable Crawl Rarely (<5%) Squat/Crouch/Kneel Occasionally (6-33%) Twist Occasionally (6-33%) Handle/Finger/Feel Frequently (34-66%) See Frequently (34-66%) Hear Frequently (34-66%) Lift - Floor to Waist Level Medium (20-40 pounds) Carry Medium (20-40 pounds) Push/Pull Medium (20-40 pounds) Slide/Transfer Medium (20-40 pounds)

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