The Registered Nurse (RN) in the Emergency Department is responsible for the overall nursing care, including triage and discharge of patients in a safe and timely manner.
High School diploma and Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
Current Idaho professional RN license.
Current CPR/ BLS certification.
Completion with passing score on the hospital pharmacological exam.
Three (3) year medical/surgical nursing experience as a professional nurse required.
Three (3) year emergency nursing experience as a professional nurse preferred.
Basic EKG interpretation, preferred (required within six (6) months).
ACLS & TNCC certification required within 2 months of hire.
ENPC, PALS & CEN certification preferred.
0-40 hours per week, as directed by the Nursing Manager of Acute Care and Emergency Department
Every other weekend off as scheduling permits.
Shifts are 12 hrs from 6 to 6 both days and nights
Emergency Department stand-by on-call-minimum of two nights per week.
Shifts may vary.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/REQUIREMENTS:
Assesses patients on presentation to the Emergency Department and administers triage first aid as indicated.
Determines the patient’s priority of care and places the patient in the appropriate care area.
Administers IV therapy, blood, subcutaneous and oral medications. Starts IV lines.
Demonstrates knowledge and use of equipment, including, but not limited to, cardiac monitor with defibrillator and external pacer, wall suction/oxygen equipment, pulse oximeter, glucose monitor systems, nurse call and alarm systems, suctions systems, IV pumps and Emergency Department stretchers.
Documents on appropriate forms the patient presenting complaint symptoms, onset of problem or mechanism of injury, past medical history, vital signs, allergies, current medications, primary, secondary assessments and other pertinent information.
Coordinates patient care with the attending physician and addresses, with supporting documentation, any questions or concerns regarding a patient’s care to the physician.
Evaluates and documents effectiveness of nursing and medical interventions; documents re-assessments as appropriate.
Educates patient and family regarding the patient’s illness or injury. Keeps the family or significant other informed of the patient’s status and progress in the Emergency Department.
Prioritizes presenting problems to be handled during shift
Addresses shift personnel in a professional and positive manner regarding problem solving.
Displays flexibility and ability to alter priority of care depending on changes in the patient’s condition or additional patients presenting to the Emergency Department.
Performs procedures and treatments ordered for patients within the nurse practice act.
Completion of comprehensive charting and administrative aspects of shift, including but not limited to, charge sheets, staff communication book, shift inspection/checks and equipment quality control checks.
Demonstrates role as patient advocate regarding patient rights.
Develops plan for the patient’s discharge or coordinates the patient’s admission or transfer.
Validates and documents the patient understanding of follow-up and discharge instructions.
Communicates to Manager of Acute Care and Emergency Department any complaints, problems, occurrences, deterioration of patient status or personnel problems immediately.
Receives and places confidential information with courtesy, accuracy and respect at all times.
Maintains required education credits as per facility policy with an emphasis on emergency and critical care topics.
Promotes positive and effective communication between all team members and hospital staff.
Demonstrates public relations and customer service skills during direct or telephone contact with patients, families and visitors.
Completes Care Learning annually and keeps current CPR certification and PPD.
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/REQUIREMENTS:
Assists Nursing Manager of Acute Care and Emergency Department with personnel orientation and staff skills upgrading.
Must be willing to assist in other areas as the need arises.
Coordinates the stocking of supplies.
Performs essential cleaning of patient care equipment.
Assists with performance improvement monitoring data collection and peer reviews of Emergency Room documentation.
All other duties as assigned.