Clinical Nurse (RN)

Location
Round Rock, Round Rock, TX
Salary
Competitive
Posted
9/4/2017
Closes
10/3/2017
Specialty
Renal-Dialysis
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
 
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Satellite Healthcare is a successful, nonprofit organization that has improved the lives of people living with kidney disease since 1973. We earn our national reputation for excellent patient care each day by offering a complete range of dialysis therapy choices, personalized clinical services, and unparalleled wellness education.

Satellite Healthcare provides expert, personalized kidney care at over 80 centers across the U.S. as well as at acute dialysis locations in California and Texas. Learn more about Satellite Healthcare at www.satellitehealth.com.

The Clinical Nurse I is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care through outcome identification and evidence based practice. The Clinical Nurse I is part of the health care team and assists to coordinate patient care, communicates, and collaborates with the other members of the health care team.

The Clinical Nurse I acts as a patient teacher and advocate. The Clinical Nurse I actively participates in professional role development activities including continuing education and quality assessment and improvement. The Clinical Nurse I develops ethically sound practice and confronts ethical challenges through application of the Nephrology Nursing Standards of Practice and Standards of Care.

All work performed by the Clinical Nurse is under the direct supervision of on-premises Charge Nurse.

Essential Functions:

General Nursing
  • Reviews physician orders for dialysis patients, collects pre-treatment dialysis data and reviews patient records prior to dialysis
  • Preforms an assessment of the patients, leading to development, implementation and evaluation of a plan of care
  • Administers, monitors and documents therapeutic treatment interventions and regiments including the preparation and performance of the delivery system with equipment safeguards
  • Effectively manages changing situation in a timely manner
  • Participates in clinical decision-making
  • Promotes patient education and self-management of ESRD by accurately assessing patients’ readiness to learn, plans and implements appropriate teaching method for each patient, evaluates and documents patient’s learning, and assists other staff members in developing these skills
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the implications of common lab results as they apply to the ESRD patient, confers with experience Charge Nurse, dietitian and physician about abnormal findings
  • Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of infection control and prevention of transmission of blood borne pathogens
  • Identifies and participates in performance improvement activities and supports Home Office and clinical initiatives (QAPI)
  • Administers ordered medications per SHC procedures; understands and teaches principles of safe dosage in ESRD, including the reason for giving medication and possible side effects
  • Understands legal consequences of nursing actions both immediate and long term
  • Adheres to the policy “Standards of Conduct” (i.e. dress code, professionalism, etc.)
  • Promotes an environment of safety to minimize the risk of harm to patients
  • Oversees dialysis technicians in the performance of dialysis treatments provided and the care of the patients
  • Monitors surveillance of dialysis access (catheter, fistula or graft) including early signs of failure or infection
  • Performs surveillance and testing of dialysis water treatment equipment and RO water to ensure that these machines are operating within the parameters set in the facility’s written policies
  • Performs interventions for treatment complication as needed
  • Contributes and promotes teamwork to create a harmonious and constructive working relationship with all staff by offering information, advice, and assistance in a positive, courteous, and cooperative manner
  • Ensures the confidentiality of patient and employee information
  • Understands and uses Satellite’s communication techniques
  • Looks for opportunities to develop clinical expertise
  • Responsible for driving the Satellite Healthcare culture through values and customer service standards
  • Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships through effective and timely communication
  • Takes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner

The essential functions listed are not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. All employees must work in accordance with Satellite’s I-CARE Standards. Employees must abide by all Satellite’s standards of patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, and adhere to safety and quality programs.

Minimum Education & Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited nursing school or equivalent, BSN preferred
  • State license as a Registered Nurse
  • Current CPR certification

Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Proficient computer skills- e.g. Outlook, Word
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and satisfactorily communicate in English
  • Understands basic renal function and the consequences of renal failure
  • Comprehends and follows all Satellite policies and procedures for infection control; understands the hazards associated with failing to follow those procedures
  • Exhibits leadership qualities
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate with physicians
  • Able to use tools for information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate errors and support decision-making through documentation

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