DescriptionSHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.
The St. David’s HealthCare Registered Nurse (SDHRN) fulfills an important role as a central patient care provider responsible for the coordination and delivery of patient centered nursing care. As a full partner of the healthcare team, the SDHRN collaborates with all other healthcare disciplines to achieve successful execution of the patient’s plan-of-care. The SDHRN utilizes physical assessment skills and advanced diagnostic technology to aid in the assessment of the patient’s nursing care needs. Data collected is analyzed, synthesized and disseminated to other healthcare providers. The SDHRN continues to monitor and assess the patient’s physical condition, emotional and social needs, continually refining the plan-of-care to ensure achievement of the desired goals of the patient and facility outcomes. Participates in providing patient specific care standards as directed, and follows service excellence standards to ensure high levels of patient satisfaction.
Reviews patient's history prior to beginning physical assessment and incorporates findings into the exam.
Performs physical patient assessments/reassessments on a regular basis in accordance department standards. Pertinent data is collected using appropriate assessment techniques.
Incorporates available technology to aid in physical assessment.
Prioritizes data collection by assessing the patient’s immediate condition or needs.
Is able to discern critical findings and timely communicates changes in the patient’s condition to the appropriate patient care providers.
Data collection is inclusive of the patient, significant others and health care providers when appropriate.
The data collection process is systematic and ongoing.
Considers the developmental goals for infant, toddler, preschool, school age, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients during the assessment of patients.
Assesses patient/family learning needs, including any tasks that the patient can or cannot accomplish as related to his or her current health problem. Consideration of age, cultural values, religious beliefs, emotional barriers, desire and motivation to learn, physical and/or cognitive limitation, and language barriers, as indicated.
Assesses for signs of abuse and neglect. Documents findings and reports as appropriate when required.
Develops patient centered nursing diagnoses.
Nursing diagnoses are derived from the assessment data.
Assists in the completion of diagnostic testing as ordered by the medical team and other health care providers.
In collaboration with interdisciplinary members of the team, formulates a plan of care including expected outcomes for each patient based on diagnoses derived from patient assessments.
Prescribes appropriate nursing care to meet the goals, as well as the physical, psychological, psychosocial, emotional, and social needs of the patient.
Applies knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span to identify patient and family requirements relative to age-specific needs
Demonstrates the ability to organize and set priorities.
The plan is individualized to the patient’s condition, age or needs.
The plan incorporates the discharge planning process at time of development.
The plan is developed with the patient, significant others, and health care providers, when appropriate.
The plan reflects current nursing practice.
The plan is documented.
The plan provides for continuity of care.
The plan is appropriate to the patient’s age, developmental age, educational needs, and family/guardian expectations as related to the diagnosis.
Coordinates and participates in providing direct patient care.
Performs skills proficiently and in accordance with the standards of nursing care.
Utilizes all equipment in the unit appropriate to patient with maximum efficiency and effectiveness based on knowledge and education.
Interventions are implemented in a safe and appropriate manner and documented.
Performs nursing care in an organized and systematic manner.
Can organize work and utilize time efficiently based on knowledge of nursing theories and procedures.
Can interpret reports, data and medical information to determine the needs of the patient and family.
Can interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and manage several abstract and concrete variables.
Addresses patient’s nutritional needs as appropriate.
Verifies accuracy of medication administration by following all safety measures.
Ensures medications are kept secure and stored appropriately.
Educates patients on potential side effects of prescribed medications.
Explains the purpose of all prescribed medications and teaches patient’s the appropriate self- administration of medications as part of discharge planning process.
Evaluates the patient’s progress toward attainment of goals defined in the plan-of-care.
Evaluation is systematic and ongoing.
The patient, significant others, and health care providers are involved in the evaluation process when appropriate.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The SDHRN ensures all nursing care provided meets the standard of care. The SDHRN demonstrates knowledge of national patient safety goals, hospital core measures, performance improvement processes and service excellence quality initiatives. The SDHRN is knowledgeable of all policies and practices relative to the role and duty performed. The SDHRN demonstrates at minimum, basic computer skills related to the role and care of the patient. Must be able to demonstrate understanding of national patient safety initiatives by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures as required by both HCA and St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required: Graduate from an accredited nursing program or current enrollment in an Alternative Entry MSN program
Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree; minimum of 1 year experience in Staff RN role and charge experience
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
Required: Texas RN License or a Compact RN license from a NCLA Compact State; BCLS Certification
Preferred: Previous experience in clinical nursing; ACLS certification