Staff Nurse

University of Iowa Health Care

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY

To assess patients' nursing care needs, evaluate effectiveness of care provided, and integrate nursing theory and research into clinical practice.  Provide leadership to members of the nursing team in order to maintain patient care standards. 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical Practice

  • Incorporates scientific, behavioral and humanistic principles for application to clinical practice.
  • Utilizes, adheres and supports departmental standards and practice guidelines.
  • Applies nursing theory to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of patient responses to health and illness. 
  • Assesses patient health care preferences and expectations.
  • Collaboratively coordinates the continuum of care across settings.
  • Develops patient care plan based on patient condition, age, and psychological, educational, and socioeconomic conditions that prescribes interventions to attain expected outcomes.
  • Implements patient care plan according to patient priorities, which includes interventions identified through nursing diagnoses.  Documents/reports interventions and patient/family response.
  • Collaborates and integrates contributions of patients and families into multidisciplinary patient care plan.
  • Develops, coordinates and implements transfer/discharge planning throughout episode of care.
  • Implements nursing interventions according to department, division, and/or unit policies, procedures, and protocols to maintain safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.  Follows universal precautions.
  • Implements emergency care procedures in potential or actual emergencies according to departmental policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Maintains skills/competency related to special equipment, medications, and procedures common to the patient population of the unit/division.
  • Evaluates patient's response to multidisciplinary care.
  • Uses evaluation data to revise and implement change.

Administration:

  • Assumes accountability for the provision of care for patients. 
  • Assumes responsibility for care provided by self and other staff members under the nurse's direction.
  • Evaluates the quality of nursing care provided by other staff members.
  • Participates as a member of the health care team utilizing effective communication skills.
  • Participates in the development of unit, division, department and hospital policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Contributes to the solutions of staffing issues.
  • Contributes to cost containment strategies in unit.
  • Participates in projects/committees for enhanced functioning of the unit and supports unit level decision-making.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of an interdisciplinary plan of care.
  • Participates in ongoing strategic planning process.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of computer applications.
  • Performs other projects or tasks as assigned.

 

Education:

  • Develops and implements patient/family teaching plan based on identified health education needs and the condition and age of the patient.
  • Evaluates and documents effectiveness of patient/family teaching.  Revises plan of care.
  • Participates in the orientation of new nursing staff and the ongoing education of nursing personnel, as directed by the Nurse Manager or designee.
  • Participates in formal and informal teaching with health care students.
  • Serves as clinical teaching assistant for senior level nursing students as directed by the Nurse Manager or designee.

Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement:

  • Participates in research utilization activities. 
  • Integrates research findings into practice.
  • Applies quality improvement principals to improve patient outcomes.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities.
  • Responsible for identification of improvement opportunities.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Functions as a patient advocate.
  • Incorporates the principles of Service Leadership to ensure positive patient/customer relations.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Practices within legal boundaries of the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Complies with personnel policies.
  • Evaluates and validates performance with Nurse Manager or designee and sets goals for work performance.
  • Commits to ongoing learning to maintain and expand own knowledge.
  • Participates in professional development activities.
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Remains calm and constructive in conflict situations.
  • Provides recognition and support for colleagues.
  • Incorporates the principles of Service Leadership to ensure positive patient/customer relations
  • Adheres to UIHC policies regarding personal conduct, including: follows established leadership, remaining responsive to instruction and coaching from supervisors and meeting the standards of personal appearance, attendance and punctuality.

 

Civil and Respectful Interactions

Demonstrates respect for all members for the University community in the course of performing ones’ duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customer; constructively brings forward workplace concerns to coworkers and/or supervisor.

Diversity and Inclusion

Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.

Leadership Accountability

Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.

Learning and Professional Development

Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

General supervision is received from the Nurse Manager, Associate Director, Senior Associate Director or designee.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Functional supervision is exercised over the unit nursing personnel. 

Delegates to licensed or unlicensed personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS

An Associate’s Degree, a Diploma in Nursing, a Baccalaureate Degree, Professional Masters of Nursing and Healthcare Practice (MNHP), MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader or a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN, MA) is required.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Current license to practice nursing in Iowa.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Social distancing measure are taken and face masks are required. Temperatures are taken at the beginning of each day for all personnel; this includes new hires.

Job ID: 73645

Posted 27 days ago

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