Lafayette General Health
The registered nurse provides nursing care according to the physicians orders and in conformance with the ANA Standards of Practice and Care, ANA Code of Ethics, unit specific standards, patient care policies and procedures, unit specific policies and procedures, and the Louisiana Nurse Practice Act. The RN is responsible and accountable for individual, autonomous nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks and nursing activities in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act.
The nurse may be placed in the charge nurse role.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Specialty RN will fulfill all essential duties and responsibilities of the RN job description below as well as the following:
1. Will be a resource to other units within the hospital for specific patient care needs including but not limited to, administering chemotherapy, providing specialized surgical/procedural intervention and/or responding to Codes and RRTs.
2. These nurses will maintain their skills and knowledge as well as applicable certifications within their specialty.
The Registered Nurse will perform a comprehensive nursing assessment, develop and implement a patient treatment plan consistent with the objectives of the multi-disciplinary treatment plan
The patient and family members will be included in the patient care planning and setting of discharge objective
Implements nursing care through services such as case management, health instructions, health counseling, and providing care supportive to restorative of life and well being
In executing the health care regimens as prescribed by licensed physicians, dentist, or other authorized prescriber, the RN performs a comprehensive nursing assessment of a individual patient consistent with established standards of care, identifies health care needs, establishes appropriate nursing diagnosis, establishes goal to meet the identified health care need, plans nursing care measures, documents appropriately, interprets data accurately in relation to patient care consideration, sets priorities, communicates with all members of the health care team, delegates nursing interventions to qualified personnel in accordance with State Board of Nursing criteria
The RN collaborates with physicians, dentists, and other health care providers in the management of the patients care and evaluates the human responses to all interventions
Provides individualized health education to the patient and family members from admission through discharge using any appropriate methods/resources necessary to meet the education goals, prepares the patient for diagnostic or surgical procedures, implements holistic therapeutic measures to promote healing and wellness
Communicates effectively with all age groups, which pertains to the patient population served
Demonstrates competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, administers treatments as per standards, interprets normal parameters of diagnostic data, reports abnormalities of diagnostic data in a timely manner, administers blood and blood components as per standards, and interprets the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to the age-specific needs
Documents accurately and completely in the EMR and other forms as per established standards.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Maintains current licensure as Registered Nurse in the State of Louisiana
Maintains current BLS Certification
ICU: ACLS required within 6 months of hire.
Emergency: ACLS required within 6 months of hire and PALS required within 12 months of hire.
Advanced certification preferred if appropriate for area of clinical practice
Must comply with all Standards of Behavior
Prompt and regular attendance according to policy
Comply with dress code and appearance standards
Interact with patients, customers, the general public, management, and team members in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner
Work with integrity, uphold LGHs mission, values, and maintain confidentiality in all situations
Follow safety & security policies & procedures, immediately report suspicious activities and unsafe conditions. Use equipment, tools & materials properly; use and/or wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Participate in all mandatory job training and meetings as directed
Adhere to requirements, policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook and/or other Hospital/Clinic practices.
Maintains satisfactory relations with other departments and nursing units.
Maintains acceptable standards of patient care.
Exercises appropriate use of Universal Precautions, personal protective equipment, and other safety guidelines/regulations as required by OSHA and other enforcement agencies
General office equipment
Diagnostic testing equipment
Various types of medical instruments & equipment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Medium Work as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50 pounds on occasion and/or a maximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis
May be required to assist in the turning, lifting, or moving patients as well as
walking about from patients rooms, as well as to and from various hospital areas