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Staff Nurse (RN)- Palliative Care

Mercy Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids

Job Description

This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by being a competent, respectful, and compassionate professional who is able to safely, appropriately, accurately, efficiently and independently follow Mercy's standards along with policies and procedures while caring for patients. The Registered Staff Nurse works with the unit specific team members to identify clinical problems, develop a plan, and educate patients and families.

Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions

Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Demonstrates competent assessment, planning, intervention, coordination and evaluation skills based on the individual patient plan of care.
Continually assesses patient and family needs in order to provide quality care based on a patient centered care model.
Demonstrates critical thinking skills and judgment necessary to implement a patient plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures.
Maintains accurate and real time documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team, according to hospital policy and procedure related to documentation parameters.
Functions as a role model for current and new staff by creating a healthy work environment to facilitate the department's or unit's ability to meet identified goals and objectives.
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitor and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned.
Demonstrate effective and age appropriate communication as well as the ability to understand the needs of the patient including non-verbal communication, fears, anxieties and language/cultural barriers
Responds within scope of practice to emergencies and life threatening conditions
Adheres to and promotes patient safety practices throughout the patient experience.
Communicates and collaborates effectively with all members of the healthcare team.
Provides ongoing education to patients and families.
Delegates to other staff registered nurse, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, patient care technicians, unit secretaries, and other staff positions specific to the department.

Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions
Incorporates ethical principles and professional standards in the care of patients and families experiencing life-limiting, progressive illnesses as well as identifying and advocating for the wishes and preferences of patients and families.
Communicates effectively and compassionately with patient, family, and health care team members about end-of-life issues
Able to work with a multidisciplinary team, including medical director, social workers, chaplain and other health care workers to develop a plan of care associated with end of life or complex health care states

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Sound background in basic nursing principles and procedures.

Demonstrates competency in unit specific skills.

Demonstrates ability to provide safe and effective basic nursing care.

Role Models exemplary customer service skills including verbal and non-verbal skills and proper phone etiquette.

Creates a welcoming environment for all healthcare team members.

Committed to ongoing self-development and learning.

Professional Experience- Required vs. Preferred

Two years minimum experience in oncology/ medical/ surgical or hospice nursing preferable

Education-Required vs. Preferred

Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing preferred.

Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred

Currently licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Iowa required.

Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support, in accordance with the American Heart Association required.

Physical Activity Requirements

Constant = 67-100% of workday

Standing

Walking

Lifting

Talking

Hearing

Frequent = 34-66% of workday

Reaching

Fingering

Repetitive motion

Stooping

Kneeling

Crouching

Pushing

Pulling

Grasping

Feeling

Handling

Occasional = 33% or less of workday

Sitting

Balancing

Climbing

Physical Demand Requirements

Heavy: Exert 50-100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 25-50 lbs. of force frequently

Employment Type

Part Time, Day, 8-4:30

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