RN - Registered Nurse

Employer
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Location
Lebanon, NH
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 16, 2020
Closes
Sep 17, 2020
Specialty
Med / Surg
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
ADULT INTERMEDIATE SPECIAL CARE UNIT

The Clinical Nurse is responsible for utilizing the nursing process to provide evidence-based care and to continuously monitor and evaluate practice to ensure safe passage of patients that is in the best interest of populations served.

The Intermediate Special Care Unit (ISCU) is an 8-bed progressive care unit that cares for both medical and surgical patients. As the only area in the hospital that takes care of both medical and surgical patients as their specialty, the ISCU provides a unique opportunity to delve into both patient populations. In addition, we are the only unit that takes solid organ kidney transplants post op day 0, which provides for an incredible learning opportunity for a student. In addition, the small care area allows staff to build relationships with all members of the interdisciplinary team. As a unit dedicated to practice improvement, working through challenging and complex situations, and providing at the elbow education when necessary, a student who will be successful here is one that can adapt quickly, resource when necessary, and is wanting of a diverse patient population.

Responsibilities:
A listing of the key responsibilities

  • Utilizes the nursing process to assess, diagnose, identify outcomes, plan, implement and evaluate an individualized plan of care.
  • Utilizes critical thinking and the nursing process to anticipate and recognize changes in patient status, taking action to modify the plan of care or to elevate to the care team as necessary.
  • Practices in accordance with the ANA Code of Ethics to advocate for patients, uphold their autonomy in decision-making, ensure informed consent and assist patients in families in expressing self-determination.
  • Actively seeks feedback and acts to improve performance.
  • Engages in the governance of practice.
  • Manages interpersonal relationships for self and with others.
  • Mentors colleagues for the advancement of nursing practice and the profession.
  • Assumes authority and accountability for the nursing care of patients while appropriately delegating elements of care to others members of the care delivery team in accordance with laws, regulations and policies and procedures.
  • Prioritizes and organizes time to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Actively seeks out the most current evidence and standards and applies and translates to daily practice.
  • Role models a culture of inquiry, developing new knowledge by contributing to research, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice at the local level.
  • Transferor
  • Communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice.
  • Actively partners with others to effect change that produces positive outcomes through the exchange of knowledge.
  • Precepts the student nurse, nurse extern, nurse resident, experienced clinical nurse and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Graduate from an accredited Nursing Program required.
    • BSN with one year of experience or ADN with two years of experience Must obtain and maintain clinical competencies within assigned unit. Excellent written, verbal and computer skills required. Demonstrated abilities with problem solving, leadership, communication, fiscal responsibility and teamwork. Ability to work effectively in groups of employees and with patients and patient families is essential.

      Required Licensure/Certification Skills:

    • Licensed Registered Nurse in New Hampshire required.
    • Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS and other certification(s) as required

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