UnityPoint Health RN in Pekin, Illinois
Reports to the Nurse Director and according to Department Policies, Nursing Care Standards, and professional licensure; functions as a member of the Patient Care Team to provide professional nursing care services to patients with a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions that are admitted/transferred to the Unit.
Admits patients to unit by orienting patient to room and introducing unit personnel. Takes vital signs (e.g, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, etc.). Monitors patients' vital signs including cardiac rhythms and rates. Runs rhythm strips using telemetry monitors in order to identify and document arrhythmias. Interviews patients to obtain health history, allergies, current use of medications, and documents findings. Ensures all admission paperwork has been completed.
Performs physical assessment of patients upon admission and according to protocol. Assesses and documents patients` physical, psychological and social needs appropriate to the age of the patients served on the Unit. Reviews other available diagnostic data (e.g., laboratory values, radiology reports, transferring unit reports, etc.) and incorporates into assessment process. Identifies, communicates and documents significant physiological and behavioral findings.
Places patient on appropriate Nursing Care Plan based on initial assessment of patient and with input from patient/family. Establishes outcome goals based on nature of admitting diagnoses and assessment data. Nursing Care Plans include nursing interventions necessary to achieve outcome goals. Continually reviews and revises Nursing Care Plans based on evaluation of patient responses to nursing interventions. Implements appropriate protocols, including core measures and patient safety goals.
Accurately interprets and promptly implements physiciansâ€™ orders according to policy.
Prepares and administers prescribed medications orally, intramuscularly, via IV solutions, etc. Monitors patients` response to medications, treatments, and therapies and documents per policy.
Assists physicians during procedures and diagnostics, as needed either at bedside or in various ancillary areas according to established guidelines.
Demonstrates clinical competency by performing or assisting care givers with all types of routine and complex patient care procedures and tasks per competency skill checklist.
Collaborates with physicians and other health disciplines to coordinate the delivery of care and monitor progress of patient. At any transfer of care, reports all significant information, related to assigned patients.
Provides effective health teaching to patients and families; assist patient and families to obtain knowledge about illness, injury prevention and treatment through appropriate and timely patient education and document appropriately.
Assist in training and orientation, as a resource and/or preceptor for new employees and nursing students and help maintain the competency based education/training records. Provide feedback to employees and Unit Manager of employeesâ€™ performances; and is a knowledgeable Unit resource.
Maintain high level of professional knowledge and skill through self-directed learning and participation in organization continuing education programs. Share such knowledge openly with peers. Attend mandatory educational programs, in-services and meetings as required. Actively seeks out information by attending Unit Meetings/Daily Huddles, completing assigned mandatory education and reading communication memos.
Respond to life saving situations based upon nursing standards, policies, procedures and ACLS protocol and responds to code situations in all areas of hospital.
Monitor and understand operation of medical life support equipment and systems.
Assessment of the critically ill, unstable patient upon admission, a focused assessment every 4 hour and prn. Complete assessment every 12 hour and PRN. Implement appropriate interventions.
Assessment of all medical, surgical, neurological, psychological and cardio-pulmonary diagnosis with capability to implement appropriately ordered interventions.
Assist with transfer if requested and assume care of the critically ill patient that needs transferred to another facility.
Monitor house-wide telemetry needs and direct responsibility in decision making for any patient intervention needed. This can be done in conjunction with the floor charge RN or House Supervisor.
Demonstrate follow up care for patients receiving conscious sedation with bedside procedures.
Attend initial 24 hours of arrhythmia interpretation classes or passes arrhythmia interpretation self-learning packet. Demonstrates appropriate arrhythmia strip documentation and annual competency.
Responds appropriately when alarms sound; silences alarms only as necessary for patient care and returns to audible when done.
Graduate of accredited school of professional nursing.
Maintains required CEU’s as outlined by the State of Illinois.
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS
Current RN license to practice in the State of Illinois.
CPR Certification required. ACLS Certification within one year of hire. CCRN encouraged.
Critical Care nursing experience preferred. Successful completion of Pekin Hospital’s Orientation program and successful complete of the Medication/IV Therapy Examination.
Ability to perform a variety of activities in an environment characterized by change. Adaptability in working with ill patients and members of the patient care team. Preference for working with people and performing services of benefit and help. Respect for privileged information. Knowledge of regulatory standards, safety, and infection control and Hospital procedures. Participates in quality risk management initiatives. CCU Skills Day attended annually.
Basic interpersonal skills. Effective communication and telephone etiquette, and the ability to function productively and cooperatively as part of a team.
Exhibits excellent guest relations to patients, visitors, physicians, and coworkers. Demonstrates courtesy, compassion, and respect at all times.
Requisition ID: 2018-41497
Street: 600 S. 13th Street
Name: 5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
Name: ICU- MMCI
FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.01
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Scheduled Hours/Shift: Varies
External Company URL: http://www.unitypoint.org