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Staff Nurse or Clinician
Description:
The staff nurse has an incredibly complex job: one of the most difficult positions in one of the most complex organizational settings that exists in the American work world. The entry-level staff nurse makes nursing judgments based on scientific knowledge and relies on procedures and standardized care plans. Interventions are directed toward alleviating physical and psychosocial health problems. The staff nurse advances to an intermediate level with experience and becomes more skilled in developing individual and innovative care plans to meet client needs. A more advanced clinician with a broader base of experience cares for clients with complex and unpredictable problems
Settings:
Widely varied inpatient areas, including medical-surgical, pediatric, perinatal, geriatric, psychiatric, rehabilitation, critical-care, and emergency/trauma, as well as outpatient areas such as home health, community, public health, occupational health, and schools
Characteristics:
Provides direct patient care; teaches patients and families self-care; administers medications, IV therapy, and treatments; performs assessments; plans, implements, evaluates, and documents care; serves as preceptor, team leader, and charge nurse supervising RNs, LPNs, NAs, NTs; advocates for the patient and family with other members of the healthcare team
Drawbacks:
Staffing issues, excessive paperwork, conflicts (e.g., with patients, families, other healthcare providers), stress
Desirable skills:
Technical, human, and conceptual skills: critical thinking and creative problem solving, therapeutic communication and teaching skills, technical skill and proficiency, teambuilding, supervision and delegation, responsibility and accountability, flexibility, knowledge of resources, commitment to high standards and quality care
Education:
RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers:
Hospitals, extended-care and ambulatory centers, community-based providers
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave. SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
Publications:
Nursing Spectrum (available in selected regions of the country)
800-770-0866
 
American Journal of Nursing
 
American Nurse Newsletter
800-284-CERT
 
Nursing97
215-628-7796
 
RN
800-284-8945