Under the direction of the Assistant Divisional Nursing Director, the Clinical Nurse I is responsible and accountable for providing safe, effective nursing care for patients and supportive care for significant other. Nursing care involves application of the nursing process and utilizing technical skills for patient care delivery. These activities require nursing judgement based on the application of scientific principles of nursing, problem solving and teaching/learning.
Performs ongoing patient assessments through triage, clinical subjective and objective findings
Collects assessment data as a basis for formulating a nursing diagnosis and prioritizing treatment for age specific care relative to: biophysical, psychosocial, safety, infection control, learning needs and ability to manage care after discharge of clinic.
Performs transfer assessments on assigned patients transferred out of the clinic to assist in coordinating a mode of transportation that allows for the safe arrival to hospitals, nursing homes and or emergency departments
Collaborates with patients/significant others, and other disciplines in the needs assessments process
Provides care that is consistent with the therapies of other disciplines, based on patient need and nursing practice standards, with consideration of patient’s cultural and spiritual values
Implements the nursing plan of care in a competent, skillful and safe manner
Provides education, including discharge teaching, to patients and significant others based on assessed learning needs and patient’s ability to understand
Performs the technical aspects of care according to established practice standards, policies and procedures
Demonstrates competence in safe effective use of clinical equipment (Oxygen, pulse oxymetry, EKG monitoring, USN treatment, infusion pumps, and AED machine)
Demonstrates competence in performance of point of care testing (use of glucometer, Istat INR, PT/PTT, Chem 8, urine dipsticks, and urine pregnancy test).
Demonstrates competence in performing basic life support (CPR).
Evaluates effectiveness of care and patients responses to interventions
Records accurately, concisely, electronically and if manually it should be legible and with use of black ink using the following; signature/classification, patient assessment, plan care, intervention and patient’s response.
Documents accurately, concisely, and legible using the SOAP charting format
Demonstrate leadership ability (performs charge nurse responsibility when necessary, plans and coordinate patient care activities, identify problems, recommend solutions, utilize the chain of command appropriately to address issues of concern, delegate task based on patient need and competence of staff, establish priorities based on changing patient care needs, participate in quality assessment/improvement activities and research)
Ensures patient care areas are free of environmental hazards
Demonstrates the ability to communicate accurately, clearly and concisely orally, in writing.
Demonstrates excellent internal and external customer service
Demonstrates awareness of patient and family rights, confidentiality, ethical and legal issues
Participates in staff and student orientation and development activities
Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for his/her own professional practice, growth and development
Adheres to CORE Center’s attendance policy
Adheres to universal and isolation precautions
Completes CCHHS annual on line training timely
Graduation from an accredited NLN school with a current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in Illinois
BSN degree in nursing preferred, but not required
A minimum of 2 years of medical surgical experience and 1 year experience in HIV/AIDS care
Certification in HIV/AIDS care preferred, but not required
Skill and proficiency in the use of the keyboard as applied to operation of computers required for documentation
Proficiency in Spanish required
CPR certification required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
Must be able to:
Identify and prioritize the total care needs of patients in collaboration with other tcam members
Make appropriate and timely decisions in a crisis or emergency situation
Work and communicate effectively with a variety of disciplines and with a diverse patient population to produce positive health outcomes
Provide general direction, guidance and coordination of patient care given by other levels of nursing and or other disciplines
Demonstrate skills in critical thinking and relationship building
Provide effective verbal and written communication skills
Apply knowledge of standard operating policies and procedures for the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Hektoen Institute and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (when appropriate)
Demonstrate safety in operating equipment necessary for providing patient care in assigned clinical areas
Perform and or direct cardio-pulmonary resuscitation activities, including use of the Automated External Defibrillator