This position is responsible to assess the health status of patients, students, and persons supported within the Specialty Hospital location in accordance with the organization's Mission and Core Values, utilizing Person-Centered Practices.
KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS
• Assess the health status of patients, students and persons supported
• Analyzes clinical information
• Assesses/plans/Implements/evaluates condition
• Interprets lab values and data
• Administers medications/Enteral feedings
• Provides Respiratory care/support
• Serves as the primary nurse within a specific unit
• Evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing interventions
• Documents per shift in the Electronic Medical Record and/or paper chart
• Attends required meetings
• Provides leadership and oversight to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN's) and support staff
• Maintains professional relationships with physicians and the interdisciplinary team
• Assists in the admission and discharge of patients/students and persons supported
• Educates/teaches staff, families, patients, students, and persons supported
• Promotes health and safety
• Orientates new nursing staff
• May delegate to licensed and unlicensed personnel within thin their defined scopes of practice
• Administers medication (oral and enteral)
• Administers respiratory treatments
• Provides tracheostomy care
• Provides suctioning (oral and trach)
• Administers and monitors oxygen
• Manages daily medical needs for 8-12 persons supported
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Critical thinking skills
• Knowledge of electronic medical records
• Technological competence to use computers and software utilized by the organization
• Effective oral communication skills
• Organizational skills, and flexibility
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduate of an accredited Registered Nurse (RN) program. Valid South Dakota RN Licensure. Prior nursing experience or direct care preferred.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Work is performed in assigned areas; may be required to float to other areas as needed. Eight – 12 hours shifts including day, evening, overnight, weekend and holidays will be required. May be required to participate in the call system. This position can be exposed to physical and mental demands including back and muscle strain, constant kneeling, squatting, twisting, bending, and reaching. This position may require the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, jackets, robes, gowns, bite guards, etc.
The following physical requirements are necessary for this job:
• Full range of body motion, including the ability to stand / walk / move for extended periods of time
• Stoop, kneel and reach for short to extended periods of time
• Push/pull up to 50 lbs.
• Eye/hand coordination
• Lift up to 50 lbs., using proper body mechanics
• Pinch up to 15 lbs.
• Grip up to 60 lbs.
• Repetitive movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
• Ability to receive and express detailed information through oral communication, visual acuity, and the ability to read and understand directions
This position has been evaluated as a Level I in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of Occupational Exposure to blood borne pathogens.
Level I: Positions in this category are required to perform tasks which involve exposure to blood, potentially infectious body fluids, or hazardous waste.
MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE
• Regulatory Audits and Reviews
• Feedback from People Served/Families/Team
• Medical Responsiveness and Outcomes
• Safety Record
• Adherence to Mission and Core Values
Note: Job Descriptions are not exhaustive lists of all skills, responsibilities, or efforts associated with a job. They reflect principle job elements essential for performing the job and evaluating performance. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
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