Functioning under close supervision, the Clinical Nurse I is a licensed new graduate, a beginning practitioner with a basic generic nursing education, background, or a practitioner returning to acute care nursing practice after a significant period of time. This level clinician utilizes the nursing process in providing patient care and patient/family teaching. The practitioner in this position assumes responsibility for the care of selected patients and participates as a member of the health care team. Patients served may include neonate through adult-geriatric.
This job has supervisory responsibility.
The following statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential functions of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. The specific job duties may be changedby the department manager with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
To qualify for the position, the candidate must graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Currently licensed as an RN in the State of Maryland. Successful completion of required nursing, hospital and unit orientation including but not limited to BLS certification and medication certification. Telemetry and ICCU Nurse must complete a telemetry course within three (3) months from date in position.
The new hire or transfer Clinical Nurse I will observe a three month probationary period. With a satisfactory criteria based performance evaluation, the Clinical Nurse I may remain within this job category for a period of one year. With a satisfactory criteria based performance evaluation at the end of this year, the Clinical Nurse I will advance to a Clinical Nurse II. If the evaluation is not satisfactory, the Clinical Nurse I may be terminated.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
The ability to ensure the confidentiality and rights of all patient and departmental documents is required.
The ability to read, analyze, and interpret physician’s orders and other written communication methods of the health care team is essential. Ability to respond to customer inquiries or to those of other members of the health care team must be present. The incumbent must demonstrate anability to read and interpret age-specific data regarding patient conditions. He/she must demonstrate spoken English ability to communicate patient and familyeducation in an age appropriate context.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts in the preparation of medications, intravenous drips and other therapeutic interventions.
Ability to identify problems, collect data, establish facts regarding the patient/family condition, and to prioritize the needs of the patient
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS
Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maryland and a BLS certification. ACLS required (PACU, ICCU, ED), NRP required or eligible for completion of course within six (6) months from date in position. Certification in specialty is preferred.
Will work in a clean, well-lighted environment. The job requires pushing and pulling and lifting of equipment weighing in excess of 35
pounds up to 40% of the time. Requires lifting and positioning of patients, weighing up to 300 pounds, with the assistance of other staff members, up to 60% of the time. The position requires walking and standing 60% of the time, and requires caring supplies and other items.