Performs the nursing process to deliver safe, therapeutic, and
patient quality care through assessment of patients, establishment
and implementation of the nursing care plan, and evaluation of
clinical outcomes within an inpatient environment. Uses in-depth
knowledge of nursing practice, perceives situations as a whole, and
comprehends the significant elements based on previous experience.
Demonstrates proficiency in the nursing process and integrates and
translates research-based knowledge and experience into
well-defined actions to facilitate achievement of holistic quality
Provides ongoing patient centered nursing care. Completes
initial assessment of patient including obtaining vital signs and
gathering pertinent health information. Provides triage and
consultation to patient, family, and/or significant others
according to protocol and established guidelines.
Initiates and implements a nursing plan of care individualized
to the needs of each patient. Promotes patient/family involvement
in planning and implementing care.
Anticipates and recognizes significant changes in patient's
condition, status and need for care. Provides ongoing assessment of
patient and takes appropriate nursing actions when changes occur.
Anticipates and alters the plan of care as needed and collaborates
with other health care team members to coordinate patient centered
Communicates with physicians and other members of the health
care team. Provides patient status updates to physicians on a
regular basis. Documents, maintains and updates accurate patient
records according to agency, state, and federal guidelines.
Administers medications, under physician/provider orders, which
may include: antibiotics, narcotic pain medications, vitamins,
topical agents, insulin, blood thinners, and allergy antigens.
Initiates, maintains and discontinues IV therapy; performs mixing
of medications according to protocols.
Monitors the patient's medication needs and response to
treatment. Adjusts medication as appropriate within scope of
practice and utilizing protocols established by the physician.
Performs laboratory procedures and assists the physician/provider
with procedures and surgeries using principles of aseptic technique
and standard precautions/infection control guidelines.
Assists the physician/provider with procedures and/or surgeries.
Performs advanced clinical tasks or skills such as complex wound
care, hickman/port-a-cath/PIC line, central line care, conscious
sedation, hyperalimentation, venipunture, etc., with demonstrated
competency and under clinical supervision.
Coordinates the discharge planning process with the
patient/family, physician, social worker, and other staff members
as appropriate. Assesses and provides moderately complex patient
education and counseling to the patient, family, and/or significant
others. Completes routine maintenance and quality monitoring of
equipment using appropriate technique when cleaning, sterilizing
and caring for instruments and other equipment.
Participates in all aspects of performance improvement for one
or more initiatives which impact quality with demonstrated results.
For example, baseline data analysis, identification of problem,
creation of an evidenced-based intervention plan, implementation
utilizing change theory, data collection, data analysis, and data
evaluation. Participates in professional activities which
contribute to personal professional development and the development
Acts as a clinical and department resource. Assists in the
development and implementation of staff orientation, competency and
educational activities. Seeks opportunities to be taught, coached,
and mentored. Responsible for developing effective relationships
with other caregivers and providing leadership within the health
care team integrated approaches to care. Interprets the patient and
family experiences from a perspective that begins to envision and
Flexible hours and days Monday through Friday
Licenses & Certifications
Registered Nurse license issued by the state in which the team
member practices, and
Nursing certification in one or more specialty-specific areas
issued by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or other
approved national governing body required for registered nurses
with an Associate’s degree, optional for Registered Nurses with a
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare
Providers certification issued by the American Heart
Association (AHA) needs to be obtained within 6 months unless
department leader has determined it is not required.
Associate's Degree in Nursing.
Required Functional Experience
Typically requires 3 years of experience in clinical nursing
within an acute care setting.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrates progression to a holistic view of patient care and
the ability to view clinical situations from a patient and family
focus.Demonstrates awareness of and beginning to utilize
alternative strategies beyond routine to develop an individualized
plan of care and to achieve quality patient/family outcomes.Ability
to recognize situational changes that require unplanned or
unanticipated interventions.Proficient computer skills including
keyboarding, navigation within a windows operating system, use of
electronic mail and electronic medical records systems.Excellent
communication, listening and interpersonal skills.Demonstrates
human relation skills with the ability to develop rapport and
maintain positive, professional relationships with a variety of
patients, staff and physicians. Demonstrated ability to effectively
make critical, independent decisions.Excellent organization,
prioritization and problem solving skills.Demonstrates time
management skills with an ability to multi-task and prioritize with
frequent interruptions.Demonstrates coordination, collaboration,
delegation and team building skills.Must meet the ‘Proficient
Characteristics of Practice’ as defined by the “Aurora Nursing
Professional Advancement Model (ANPAM)".