Job Description

*National Jewish Health - Main Campus · Nursing Pool
Denver, CO
Registered Nursing
Pool/Per Diem (no benefits), Variable Shift, Variable
Posted 05/17/2018
Req # 11468
General Summary
To deliver general nursing care utilizing a systematic approach to nursing practice incorporating: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation; thus providing continuing health care to individuals, families, and communities.  Assists others in developing their skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Essential Responsibilities
1. Assesses patient care requirements, incorporating interdisciplinary needs along with the patient’s emotional and physical state.
2. Maintains safe, direct patient care which addresses the patient’s current clinical and emotional status.
3. Evaluates and documents the patient's response to nursing interventions, reflecting changes made to the plan of care.
4. Actively participates in the discharge planning process.
5. Performs competencies (including age-specific competency) as identified through the departmental competency program.
6. Implements care and services that recognize age-specific needs and issues for customers served.
7. Formulates and documents an individual teaching plan for each patient, based upon assessment of patient’s, family’s, and significant other’s teaching needs.
8. Demonstrates effective informal patient teaching skills, using one-on-one interventions and written National Jewish supportive material.
9. Presents in unit based or departmental educational offerings yearly.
10. Participates in team-based Quality Improvement program and utilizes results to improve patient care.
11. Supports research projects that will contribute to patient-care standards, staff development and the mission of the Institution.
12. Demonstrates professional demeanor and positive interpersonal relations in dealing with patients, families, significant others, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.
13. Demonstrates the ability to manage a typical patient assessment by: setting appropriate priorities, organizing activities, utilizing available resources, and exhibiting flexibility in accepting assignments.
14. Actively participates in unit-based activities and meetings.
15. Performs all other duties as assigned.
General Responsibilities
1. Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.
2. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
3. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.
4. Responds promptly and sincerely to customer’s needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.
5. Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.
6. Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.
7. Incorporates National Jewish’s identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions.  Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.
Knowledge and Skills
None
Education 
Bachelor degree in Nursing or Graduation from an Accredited School of Nursing required.  
Certification and Licensure
Current Colorado RN license required.  CPR/BLS required.
Work Experience
A minimum of two (2) years of recent and related RN experience is required.  Different patient care units may require additional experience.
- or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience  
Availability
Available to work a minimum of five (5) shifts per month.
Working Conditions
Position is in a clinical nursing environment.  Frequent requirements may include: reading and comprehending medical literature, including interpretation of disease processes, medical charts, nursing/medical journals and books, medication instructions and physician notes and instructions.  Also includes calculations of adult and/or pediatric medication dosages, IV administration, review of vital signs, spirometry, percentiles and interpretation of graphs and lab values.  Communication includes ability to provide comprehensive and accurate nursing progress notes, communication with interdisciplinary team as well as with differing ages and levels of maturity/understanding of patient and family, committee reports, discharge plans for patients, memos to staff members, taking and recording telephone messages.  Manual dexterity is needed to write notes while holding a chart, manipulating and operating equipment such as non-invasive blood pressure monitoring device, IV pump, oximeter, Jaeger for spirometry testing.  Frequently has the need to assist a patient by moving or lifting.  Also involves pushing wheelchairs, opening doors and cabinets, reaching for medications or objects.  Physical Demands may include the ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Incumbent must be able to bend in order to retrieve a fallen object for a patient.  Mental demands include, concentration, alertness, memory, judgment, ability to analyze, ability to apply logical thinking to define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Occasional requirements may include: sitting while completing paperwork, kneeling, and squatting. Incumbent may be scheduled to work an alternate schedule to accommodate essential business needs routine travel by foot or automobile to alternate work/meeting locations, possibly during inclement weather.
Environmental Conditions
Inside environmental conditions may include: Handling syringes and needles and have the potential for coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens.  Has frequent exposure to infectious diseases.  Occasionally, may encounter radiation from portable radiology procedures.  May come into contact with various fumes/odors.  May come into contact with toxic waste while providing chemotherapy.  Also may encounter contaminated biological waste from infectious patients.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to each employee when needed as determined by policy.  Utilization of PPE is mandatory.  Estimated 1500 employees in worksite.
Management/Supervisory Responsibilities
None

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