Under general direction, protects, promotes, and optimizes health and abilities. Prevents illness and injury. Alleviates suffering through the diagnosis and treatment. Advocates for patients and their families. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care.
Unit Specific Position Responsibilities
Performs other assigned duties.
Utilizes critical thinking and evidence-based practice in providing emergency care for patients of all ages. (infant through geriatric).
Functions effectively in the triage and/or charge nurse role when assigned
Prepares patients and equipment for examination and treatment by physicians in a timely manner.
Ensures appropriate charges are posted for patient care provided.
Participates in precepting/mentoring new staff, students, and other providers.
Demonstrates competency and performs EKGs, phlebotomy, and other specialty tasks as assigned.
Delegates care appropriately to different levels of providers in the emergency department i.e. paramedic, PCT.
Organizes individual patient care to enhance efficiency and patient throughput.
Performs triage, charge nurse, and emergency response duties when assigned
Provides discharge education and resources for patients and families.
Ensures hourly rounding is completed on all patients.
Completes discharge follow up phone calls for continuity of care for patients.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
Required Qualifications (Including any licensure, certification, education):
Licensed as a Registered Nurse and authorized by the State of Iowa to practice nursing or eligible to take licensing exam within four months of hire.
Graduation from an accredited school of nursing or in final semester of nursing school.
Achievement of Baccalaureate degree in nursing within 6 years of hire if hired after January 1, 2014.
HeartCode BLS training, or within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Mandatory Reporter training or within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
1 year RN nursing experience or one year emergency services experience.
If hired prior to graduation and licensure, must graduate and become authorized by the State of Iowa to practice nursing within four months of hire.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) verification, or within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) verification, or within 1 year of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS) verification, or within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Managing of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) or equivalent within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment.
Certification in NIHSS within 6 months of hire
Baccalaureate degree in nursing.
Professional certification in nursing specialty.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Proficient in communication skills.
Ability to pursue and foster a sense of team and partnership across all disciplines.
Ability to communicate effectively, in English, with diverse population groups.
Ability to be self-directed, flexible, and able to adapt to change.
Ability to communicate effectively in a professional and tactful manner with physicians, staff, patients and/or their representatives.
Ability to read and understand chart documentation.
Ability to demonstrate basic computer skills.
Ability to read, write and understand the English language.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
2 years Emergency department experience.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training or experience.
Hazardous Materials Operations Level training.
Weekend Package (WEP)