As a member of the interdisciplinary team, contributes professional nursing knowledge and skills in the provision and management of care to patients through the application of the nursing process.
PRN, every other weekend 1st shift and holiday rotation
CLINICAL EXCELLENCE FOCUS: Promotes the use of evidence based practice through the nursing process, protocols and procedures while under the supervision of an RN, assesses patient's status through interview, observation and physical assessment of actual problems and outcomes
Assists the RN in the development of an Skilled individualized plan of care using a collaborative approach with the patient/family and health care team. Daily monitoring and revisions with med and treatment order changes.
Uses appropriate interventions identified in the plan of care to achieve expected patient outcomes
Systematically evaluates and documents patient's progress toward expected outcomes/goals on an ongoing basis throughout the shift
Completes Skilled required documentation as appropriate, including patient chart and event reports
Demonstrates professional accountability for own practice as evidenced through seeking resources and continuing self-development
Demonstrates technical knowledge of equipment and troubleshoots when problems arise
Acquires and maintains current knowledge and skills in evidence based nursing practice
Promotes the professional development of self and team members
Shares clinical knowledge through informal teaching and in response to the learning needs of others
Completes the following assessments per IDPH regulation: BIMS interview, Mood interview, AIMS assessment & daily psychotropic monitoring
ensure diagnosis is documented by Physician on admission and ongoing for all psychotropic meds per IDPH regulation
WORK ENVIRONMENT & CULTURE FOCUS: Participates in interdisciplinary care of the patient through collaboration with team members and utilizes additional resources when necessary
Analyzes clinical situations in a systematic way and acts to obtain resources or correct problems to meet or exceed expected outcomes or patient needs
Recognizes need for assistance and utilizes resources, including physician and nurse to nurse (UAT) consultation in a timely manner
Demonstrates ownership and persistence to ensure problem is resolved in best way possible.
Able to assume assignment of non-complex and some complex patient management with some turnover in assignment
Consistently prioritizes work based on changes in patient condition, changes in assignment and unanticipated interruptions
Identifies and utilizes team resources to solve identified problems or needs
Collaborates with the health care team in the organization of tasks and activities for the patient's care from admission to discharge according to the plan of care and to meet identified expected outcomes
Works with other team members in delegating tasks and activities appropriately
Provides goal-focused shift report
Advocates with physicians on patient's behalf when necessary
Utilizes communication and teamwork strategies aimed at promoting high team performance and achieving optimal patient outcomes and unit productivity
Chooses an appropriate and meaningful communication style when interacting with others; gives and accepts constructive feedback to/from peers
PATIENT EDUCATION FOCUS: Adapts teaching strategies appropriately to meet the patient's/family's age specific needs.
Adapts teaching strategies based on patient's response, readiness to learn and level of comprehension
Takes cultural, age-specific, gender, and developmental factors into consideration when teaching patients about procedures, illness, hospital experience, etc.
Ensures patient safety in the hospital environment by following policy/procedures and adhering to National Patient Safety Goals
Consults appropriate resources within the hospital to provide specialized education
Utilizes SVI patient education system and other resources for patients and family members
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT FOCUS: Actively participates in data collection, analysis, problem solving and gives input on process improvements and patient satisfaction.
Assures that the care provided is consistent with standards of care, evidence based practices, national patient safety goals, core measures and other quality initiatives undertaken by the unit/hospital
Works with interdisciplinary team in identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care and patient/family satisfaction
Actively promotes and achieves customer satisfaction (patient, family, departments, physicians)
Participates in the implementation of Performance Improvement initiatives
Promptly and efficiently follows up on patient/family requests/needs - anticipates patient/family needs
Encourages coworkers in achieving excellent customer satisfaction; utilizes organizational service excellence standards
Serves on unit based councils
Identifies practice problems on the unit
Implements changes in own clinical practice based on literature and unit process improvement outcomes
Technical School in the field of licensed practical nursing Required
License and Certification
CPR-must remain valid for 60 days following start date
Registered as Licensed Practice Nurse by state of IL.
Required English Skills
Basic oral skills
Ability to respond appropriately to customer/co-worker
Interaction with a wide variety of people
Maintain confidential information
Ability to communicate only the facts to recipients or to decline to reveal information
Ability to project a professional, friendly, helpful demeanor
Basic computer knowledge: Uses word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail application, and web browser. Comfortable within a Windows OS and learning new applications.
Ability to reach above shoulder level
Ability to distinguish color
Visual acuity at normal range with or without correction
Ability to grip/grasp
Ability to stoop
Ability to crouch
Ability to push/pull 25 force in lbs.
Ability to walk equivalent to 1 mi per shift
Ability to stand for up to 4 consecutive hours
Manual and finger dexterity
Ability to hear at normal level
Ability to speak in normal tone
Ability to move/lift objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
Ability to carry objects weighing up to 20 lbs.
Ability to position patients (pull, push & lift) 50 lbs.
Mental and Emotional Requirements:
Ability to cope with various degrees of stress
Ability to make fast decisions under pressure
Ability to cope with confrontation
Ability to concentrate
Ability to be flexible & adjust to change
Ability to cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner
Ability to assist with problem resolution
Ability to demonstrate a high degree of patience
Ability to work additional hours
Ability to adapt to shift work
Ability to handle multiple priorities in a stressful situation
Occupational exposure to blood & other potentially infectious materials is reasonably anticipated in the performance of the employee's duties. Skin, eye, mucous membrane, and/or parenteral contact with blood or potentially infectious material is reasonably anticipated. Additionally, the following elements are true for this position:
Mainly an inside working environment
Travel expected to locations on the Methodist Campus
Carpet and tile floors
Some limited exposure to weather conditions in all seasons
Methodist does not guarantee a latex-free work environment.
Exposure to communicable diseases
Exposure to odors (i.e., chemicals, perfumes, etc.)
Shared office space for all or a portion of the workday
Exposure to medicinal preparations
Noise levels not above a point that hearing protection is needed
Exposure to ionizing radiation, magnetic, and R/F fields expected