Steward Health Care System
Dorchester Center, MA
The Staff Nurse is an individual who holds ultimate responsibility for direct and indirect nursing care through the utilization of the nursing process. The Staff Nurse provides individualized, goal-directed nursing care through use of the nursing process and practices within the guidelines of the Nurse Practice Act and the Standards, Policies and Procedures of Carney Hospital. He/she reports to the Clinical Manager or designee.
Assess and diagnoses patient and family problems in order to provide quality care to assigned patients.
Completes patient assessment data within 8 hours of admission or in accordance with specific unit standard.
Identifies and documents nursing diagnosis/problem list on patient plan of care within 8 hours of admission.
Identifies and documents patient/family/significant other teaching needs upon admission. (including barriers/strategies/outcomes)
Identifies discharge planning needs of patient/family/significant other at time of admission.
Identifies and anticipates needs of patient/family as they move through the hospitalization process.
Develops discusses and communicates a realistic problem list (plan of care) for each patient, in collaboration with each patient/family/significant other in order to address all identified needs/or in accordance with specific unit standards.
Plan of care includes nursing diagnosis/problem list statement for each identified problem
Develops patient/family/significant other teaching and discharge plans that are driven by the needs of patient/family.
Demonstrates the skills and judgement necessary to implement medical plan of care, nursing interventions and procedures as necessary for the care of the patient.
Demonstrates knowledge of Carney Hospital policies and procedures/protocols for administering, transcribing and recording medications.
Demonstrate knowledge of commonly used meds: action, dose and side effects
Observes 5 Rs for administering meds:
- right patient
- right drug
- right dose
- right method
- right time
Demonstrated proper procedures in all methods of medication administration
Monitors patients response and intervenes appropriately
Provides effective pain management to include:
- accurate assessment using 0-10 pain scale
- documentation of location, character and duration
- timely appropriate interventions
- timely reassessment and intervention
Administers blood and blood products following Carney Hospital policy and procedures
Documents narcotics use according to Carney Hospital policy and procedure
Assess, maintains and documents IV access according to Carney Hospital policy and procedures
Identifies patients at risk for falls and implements fall prevention program as appropriate
Delivers culturally competent care being sensitive to issues related to culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class
Provides emotional support to the patient/family
Considers patients spiritual needs and appropriately consults Spiritual Care Services
Effectively teaches the patient/family about the disease, disease process, procedures, medications, food drug interactions, activity progression and when to call M.D.
Re-evaluates the identified problems, care provided, and outcomes in order to meet patient and family needs and assure overall quality of care delivered.
Reassessments of plan of care is done every 24 hours and as patient condition warrants/or at each patient visit.
Assesses the patient/significant others response to teaching plan in order to evaluate the effectiveness of plan.
Based on reassessment, plan of care remains the same or is modified to meet the patient/significant others identified needs.
Contributes knowledge and information and is open to the knowledge and assessment of others, thus enabling the team to develop an integrated approach to patient care.
Maintains up-to-date and accurate documentation of nursing care provided to ensure the integration of information for use by the healthcare team.
Each identified problem is addressed using flow sheet or progress note every 24 hours
Patient teaching record is completed to include barriers, teaching method and learning outcome
Flow sheets and I&O sheets are accurate and signed with name and title each shift
Medication administration record reflects full signature and title of nurse administering med, time given, reason for omission, and site for injection (if applicable)
Discharge plan accurately reflects patient and/or familys ability to manage care after discharge
Referrals are made based on identified needs
Interagency communication referral forms (Pg. 2) are complete and accurate.
Demonstrates ability to use critical thinking skills in all aspects of practice.
Collates and integrates multiple sources of data
Recognizes the limits of clinical judgment and seeks interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation
Maintains a global grasp of situations, and utilizes nursing skills acquired through a process of integrating formal and experiential knowledge
Functions appropriately during medical emergencies.
Maintains current knowledge/certification/licensure.
Practice within legal boundaries of nurse practice act and according to Carney Hospital policies and procedures
Attends continuing education programs in order to maintain licensure
Attends Carney Hospital sponsored skills programs as required by department.
Functions as a role model for current and new staff.
Facilitates problem resolution among peers as observed by Clinical Manager and peers
Demonstrates a constructive approach towards the organization during all interactions with staff and nurse manager
Role models the core values
Seeks opportunities to act as preceptor/teacher/mentor.
Performs competently in fulfilling job responsibilities as required by the Division.
Maintains all unit based competencies
Demonstrates knowledge of procedures/theories of PCA and epidural pain management modalities
Demonstrates knowledge of procedures/theories of capillary blood glucose testing
Demonstrates knowledge of Carney Hospital restraint policy
Demonstrates ability to use computer system.
Directs other licensed and non-licensed personnel in the provision of care to patients as assigned.
Demonstrates willingness to assume charge nurse role as required
Delegates responsibility based on patient care needs, skills and competence of the caregiver.
Assumes all other duties and responsibilities as necessary.
Identifies and/or assumes activities relative to the developmental needs of the unit and the nursing department
Demonstrates dependability/flexibility in meeting scheduling needs of the unit and Hospital
Maintains professional composure and confidence during stressful situations
Maintains open communication using appropriate chain of command regarding issues
Seeks opportunities to participate in decision making regarding standards, policies, practice and/or education
Demonstrates knowledge and principles of Performance Improvement works as a team member to achieve Performance Improvement
Participates in a minimum of 50% of staff meetings.
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed.
Performs other duties as assigned
Education: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing
Experience: Demonstrated proficiency in acute care nursing, knowledge and skills
Certification/Licensure: Current registration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Important COVID message
Please note, our New England Sinai Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.
Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.