(NURSE) RN ED
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Waterville, ME 04901
Northern Light Inland Hospital is a dynamic healthcare organization with
a 48-bed community hospital and a 105-bed continuing care center on the
hospital campus in downtown Waterville, Maine. Our dedicated staff is
committed to rolling up our sleeves to make healthcare better for the
people we serve.
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Summary of Major Function:
The Registered Professional Nurse is responsible for delivery of patient
care through the use of the nursing process. This position directs and
assigns the activities of ancillary personnel on the unit, maintaining
standards of professional nursing practice in order to provide optimal
patient care outcomes. Registered Nurses are actively involved in
Patient Education, Continuing Care and Discharge Planning needs for the
patients on the unit.
Essential Functions and Work Role Responsibilities:
- Assess patient’s condition including physical, psychological,
educational, social, spiritual and discharge planning needs.
Exercise independent judgment in setting goals and directing
appropriate nursing actions to meet those goals, including
consideration for any needed adjustment of care plan and treatments
for age/development of patient.
- Exercise independent judgment in providing leadership through
planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating nursing care of
assigned patients, with accountability if such care is not rendered
correctly. Provides guidance and acts as clinical resource/mentor
- Work within partnership model of care to exercise independent
judgment in assigning significant overall treatment duties to Care
Partner (C.N.A.) and directing such treatments appropriately, with
accountability if such treatments are not rendered correctly;
administer direct care to patients and professional nursing skills
and judgment in accordance with hospital policy and procedures.
- Document nursing interventions, patient response, effectiveness and
complications according to policy and procedure. Communicates
information to peers and physicians appropriately and provides
concise reports to the RN assuming care. Provides follow through on
plan of care.
- Promote a professional atmosphere on the unit through interactions
with all members of the healthcare team. Collaborates with other
disciplines. Establishes and maintains interpersonal relationships
with patients, families and visitors while assuring confidentiality
of patient information.
- Demonstrate the ability to adapt and adjust to changes in unit
activity (census fluctuation, change in patient acuity) and/or
hospital activity (floating to another unit, rotation off shift).
- Help other partnerships when available and maintains a safe and
clean working environment.
- Contribute to the Performance Improvement of the unit and Patient
Care Services Department by performing data collection, monitoring
activities and incident investigation when needed. Willingly and
actively participate on assigned committee, team or project.
- Exercise independent judgment in recommending transfers or
discipline of subordinate staff, as necessary.
- Assess personal learning and skill development needs and seeks
educational opportunities. Attends educationals. Reads and initials
written communications. Attends 75% of staff meetings
- Is supportive of department and hospital’s goals and objectives
- Comply with Inland Hospital Hand Hygiene Standards
- Adhere to Inland Hospital Standards of Behavior
Exposed to all patient elements including blood/body fluids and other
unpleasant elements. At times, long and irregular hours are necessary.
Exposure to hazardous substance is, at times, unavoidable. Frequently
multiple tasks and patient needs must be addressed in a rapid fashion by
prioritizing life-threatening situations and organizing the remainder of
Work involves standing and/or walking over 70% of the time. There is
moderate physical effort in positioning, lifting or moving patients of
various weights and body shapes, with and without assistance. Vision and
hearing acuteness is required at all times. Repeated bending, squatting
and stooping is necessary. This incumbent is subject to frustration and
Occupational injuries may occur from not following policies and
procedures regarding: (1) exposure to hazardous materials including
blood and body fluids, and (2) potential injuries from sharp objects,
violent individuals, and physical environment.
Probability of Consequences of Errors:
Errors in practice can result in negative patient outcome. Probability
is contingent upon individual practice. Poor performance in meeting job
description criteria will be addressed according to established
progressive disciplinary policies and procedures of Inland Hospital and
Maine State Law.
A registered Professional Nurse directs by licensure, all nursing
activities performed by ancillary staff assigned to the patient care
area. Numbers supervised varies with patient census and acuity.
Minimum Requirements for the Job:
Must be currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in Maine.
Must be fluent and literate in the English language.
Graduate from accredited school of nursing.
Previous clinical experience in acute care nursing through an accredited
school of nursing and/or past work history.
Special Knowledge Required:
- Annual mandatory continuing education requirements
- IV Therapy Certification