Minimum Education:Will consider ADN with Cardiac O.R. Experience
License/Cert Required:Not Indicated
Minimum Experience:2 Years in Cardiac O.R.
Specialty Type:Operating Room
I. General Summary
Independently provides and coordinates care provided to patients within a clinical specialty. Serves as a fully effective and participative member of the Cardiac OR Team. Demonstrates and models the full range of nursing professional practice in both care provided and in participation in development of strategies to improve patient outcomes, satisfaction with service and cost effectiveness at the practice setting level. Is accountable to patients and families for the processes and outcomes of care during an episode of care. Is accountable to peers for the advancement of group practice on the practice setting, and to the nurse manager for the totality of work performance.
II. Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Clinical Practice/Care Delivery
1. Competent in care of practice setting specific patient population; independently practices with solid knowledge and clinical skills; engaged in advancing own practice 2. Serves as Clinical Resource for others 3. Utilizes and integrates evidence into practice 4. Models high level of clinical competency and expertise related to patient populations in areas of assignment. Participates in developing/revising standards of practice to meet changing patient population requirements 5. Serves as a resource in planning care for complex patients. Identifies need for and initiates patient care conferences. Assumes leadership role in peer review of nursing process. 6. Models relationship skills with patients and families to not only prevent poor outcomes and complaints, but to promote patient satisfaction. 7. Models patient/family advocacy during real or perceived crisis. Provides leadership and facilitates appropriate response from peers during emergencies. 8. Models effective documentation practices. Develops strategies to ensure complete documentation of patient care. 9. Identifies impact of new technology on patient care outcomes and on practice/cost of care. Identifies and addresses staff learning needs related to patient care technology. 10. Effectively uses and adapts a variety of teaching resources in meeting learning needs of patients/families. Identifies needs for and participates in acquisition/development of additional teaching resources. Models effective teaching and documentation. 11. Facilitates collaboration among health team members. Models effective communication with other disciplines. Takes the lead in assuring continuity and consistency of care which extends beyond practice setting boundaries. 12. Identifies and addresses issues related to patient information management, including confidentiality problems. 13. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient populations(s) served. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs. Provides the care needed as described in the practice setting/area/department policies and procedures.
Practice Focus Areas:
A. Active participant in Clinical Practice governance activities
B. Assists in team developing/evaluating RBC and suggesting methods for improvement
C. Develops patient education materials and overall process for practice setting based patient education
D. Assists in the development of clinical practice protocols and standards for practice setting
Patient Care Management
1. Identifies the need for multidisciplinary services; initiates and tracks referrals as appropriate. 2. Takes the lead within the multidisciplinary team in monitoring patient progress, identifying problems and facilitating changes in treatment approach to meet patient care objectives. 3. Identifies ways to improve the discharge planning process to reduce length of stay and prevent delays in discharge. Monitors patient progress towards discharge and takes the lead with colleagues in facilitating timely discharge. 4. Actively participates in the development and implementation of clinical paths. Oversees practice setting level implementation for selected paths. 5. Models highly effective interpersonal and communication skills. Responds effectively to conflictual or complex issues in coordinating services on behalf of the patient/family. 6. Monitors competency, documentation and outcomes and counsels non-licensed staff regarding performance. Identifies ways to facilitate working relationships among all levels of staff to meet patient care requirements. 7. Effectively sets priorities for patient care and practice setting needs. Coaches and assists staff to manage time effectively. 8. Takes a leadership role in incorporating diverse payor requirements into patient care processes at the practice setting level. Monitors activities, including referrals to assure that requirements are met. 9. Detects and addresses persistent problems which impede patient flow. Actively collaborates with staff on other practice settings to anticipate and manage patient flow issues. 10. Ensures the safety of the clinical environment for patients, visitors and other staff members. Reports and/or corrects environmental hazards without delay. 11. Models appropriate judgment in the follow-up of patient care issues, including use of physician, nursing and/or administrative chain of command. Professional Development 1. Actively participates in and takes the lead in professional practice partnership activities at the practice setting level and beyond. Takes personal responsibility for group outcomes. Provides feedback to peers and manager about effectiveness of partnership activities. 2. Demonstrates responsiveness to practice setting needs. Coordinates and facilitates scheduling, assignments and governance activities, based on changing patient care requirements and mutual negotiation with peers. 3. Demonstrates effectiveness in and serves as a resource in conflict management, negotiation of differences of opinions with others and group dynamics. Assumes a clarifying and facilitating role in relation to conflict management. 4. Models behaviors which support professional practice activities of peers by covering for absences, providing input when requested, and completing project assignments in a timely manner. Coaches new staff in professional practice skills. 5. Identifies learning needs of staff. Develops and provides practice setting level education, including inservices, teaching materials and other strategies. Serves as resource to staff on other practice settings in area of expertise. 6. Provides and documents performance feedback to peers as identified in peer review system. Provides and documents performance feedback to Associate Partners and non-licensed staff as assigned. Participates in activities to improve practice setting level systems for performance management. Holds colleagues accountable, and demonstrates accountability to colleagues. 7. Responsible for maintaining competencies required for the patient care setting; focus on advancing own professional development.
8. Attends educational offerings and in-services independently.
9. Serves as preceptor, coach, mentor to new nurses, students.
10. Contributes to ancillary personnel skills and development.
Practice Focus Areas:
A. Active participant in Professional Development governance activities.
B. Contributes to practice setting based education and learning activities (2/year that could be posters, storyboards, presentation, in-service, group project).
C. Assists with developing/evaluating practice setting based orientation program.
D. Serves as Super-user or assists in competency validation.
E. Participates in organizational or community service programs, such as Health fairs, walks, booths, schools, churches, etc.
1. Identifies and acts on opportunities to improve quality of services and patient outcomes at the practice setting level. Facilitates multidisciplinary quality improvement efforts. 2. Actively participates in and leads discussion of quality results and patient feedback, problem solving, and development of plans to improve quality of care and service. Follows up and supports efforts of colleagues to implement improvement action plans. 3. Participates in implementation efforts addressing Nursing Sensitive Quality Indicators (NSQI) 4. Models effective customer service behaviors. Identifies and acts on opportunities to understand and respond to customer requirements. Monitors customer satisfaction on practice setting. 5. Models a professional image. Facilitates staff understanding of behaviors which project a professional image. 6. Participates in some or all elements of research
7. Serves as a role model, resource, leader, and change agent for clinical staff and multidisciplinary team members. 8. Contributes to development and dissemination of specialized knowledge in area of focus within the institution and externally. Supports and mentors staff to become involved in similar activities Practice Focus Areas:
A. Active participant in practice setting based Process Improvement governance activities.
B. Collects patient/family satisfaction data; assists with tracking and developing action plans for improvement.
C. Participates in collection of data related to RBC outcomes, e.g. hand offs, medication safety, etc.
D. Participates in practice setting based research activities and/or research council or team.
E. Assists with TJC readiness.
1. Models effective leadership behaviors in the charge nurse role. Facilitates learning for other staff to become more effective in this role. Serves as a resource to staff for problem solving. 2. Takes a proactive approach to managing actual and potential problems with patient flow and bed availability. 3. Models effective behaviors as a preceptor. Evaluates and provides feedback to other staff regarding precepting skills. Evaluates and improves the practice setting level orientation/preceptorship program. 4. Demonstrates proactive problem solving around practice setting issues such as cross departmental issues, equipment management, or staffing problems. 5. Takes the lead in reducing costs and improving efficiency in care delivery. Develops implementation strategies for actions to reduce costs (such as Value Analysis recommendations). 6. Facilitates practice setting level change to meet service and organizational goals. 7. Accountable for compliance with regulatory requirements and holds others accountable.
8. Participates and supports the AACN guidelines for Healthy Work Environment (communication, collaboration, effective decision making, recognition, leadership, staffing).
Practice Focus Areas:
A. Runs charge on more consistent basis (in areas without permanent charge nurse role).
B. Participates in practice setting based Reward and Recognition activities.
C. Leads efforts that support practice setting operations such as equipment maintenance, scheduling, etc.
D. Orients nurses to practice setting level governance structure and councils.
E. Contributes to development of practice setting based peer review processes; actively participates in individual peer review feedback.
F. Identifies areas impacting practice setting operations and assists in developing/implementing action plans.
G. Participates as member of a team focusing on elements within the Healthy Work Environment.
1. Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland, or eligible to practice due to Compact state agreements outlined through the MD Board of Nursing, is required.
2. Minimum of two years of experience in a comparable setting. 3. Maintenance of 10 contact hours of education/year. 4. Member of a professional organization. 5. Demonstrated ability to act in a clinical leadership role. 6. Demonstrated ability to promote professionalism through acts such as involvement in professional organizations, teaching, research, publishing, and/or certification in area of specialty. 7. Demonstrated ability to lead others, such as effectiveness as charge nurse, preceptor, or clinical resource. Demonstrated effectiveness as a multidisciplinary team member. 8. Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information. 9. Demonstrated/documented highly effective interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.