Heywood Hospital Registered Nurse, 2nd FL Med/Surg in Athol, Massachusetts

Job Requirements

Minimum Education

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • Successful completion of arrhythmia course

Required Licenses

  • Current state Registered Nurse Licensure, within state of practice.
  • Current BCLS certification

Required Skills

  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Additional languages preferred.
  • Basic computer knowledge.

Functional Demands

Physical Requirements:

Exerts 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Frequently reaches (extending hands and arms in any direction), handles (seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or working with hands), and feels (perceiving attributes of items such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by means of fingertips). Occasionally stoops (bending the body downward and forward by bending the spine at the waist), and kneels (bending the legs at knee to come to rest on knee or knees).

Organizational Expectations

Behavioral Attributes:

The following behavioral attributes are required: achievement motivation, concern for order, flexibility, initiative, self-confidence, customer service oriented, interpersonal effectiveness, teamwork, analytical thinking and information seeking.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts interactions with everyone in a friendly, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Goes out of his/her way to offer assistance to others. If he/she cannot offer assistance, then finds someone who can.
  • Advocates to ensure privacy and confidentiality while helping others to maintain awareness.
  • Maintains a clean and safe hospital.
  • Responds appropriately and immediately in emergency situations.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and/or staff to provide the highest level of physical comfort, and minimize risk and injury.
  • Ensures compliance with regulations to maintain accreditation and licensure.
  • Complies with the Hospital Attendance and Tardiness Policy.
  • Completed all Hospital and Department Specific Mandatory requirements in the prior calendar year.
  • Reports Incidents in a timely and effective manner.
  • All employees with direct patient contact are responsible for actively engaging in the practice of, monitoring and enforcing compliance to hand hygiene.
  • Assesses (and reassesses), plans, implements, and evaluates nursing interventions/plans of care/patient goals.
  • Provides patient care based on standards of care, standards of practice, protocols, and established policies and procedures.
  • Respects each patient as an individual; provides care that fosters the patient’s sense of dignity and positive self-regard.
  • Provides patient/family teaching based on identified learning needs, readiness to learn, and barriers to learning.
  • Collaboratively plans and prepares patient/family for discharge incorporating support systems/resources as necessary.
  • Appropriately delegates and supervises nursing interventions performed by others.
  • Appropriately prioritizes patient care (e.g. seeks assistance as needed from appropriate resources, reassigns personnel as necessary, recognizes need for emergency intervention, etc.).
  • Provides thorough, timely, and accurate documentation of all pertinent data, therapeutic interventions and patient responses according to established standards.
  • Provides timely and thorough report on assigned patients to other health care team members to ensure integration of services and continuity of patient care.
  • Promotes learning for colleagues and self (e.g. functions as preceptor, instructor, trainer, attends professional development programs, etc.).
  • Proactively identifies risk to patient safety and identifies opportunities to reduce medical/health care errors (i.e. appropriate reporting of errors/incidents).
  • Identifies ethical issues in care and develops plan to address.
  • Safely administers medications and intravenous therapy in accordance with physician’s orders, protocols, policies and procedures.
  • Assesses patient pain level upon admission and as necessary, depending upon diagnosis utilizing the numerical pain scale.
  • Reassesses effectiveness of pain control and notifies physicians as needed, as well as, documents assessment and patients’ response to medication.
  • Responsible for obtaining supporting information and completing required documentation related to medication reconciliation for use by the Attending MD.
  • Performs pre-admission testing on Med/Surg. patients.
  • Performs nursing assessment and coordinates ancillary testing for patients undergoing day surgery including performing blood draws and EKG's.
  • Reviews pre-operative orders and consults with the surgeon and/or anesthesiologist as necessary to assure appropriate tests are ordered per guidelines.
  • Reviews test results, checks for abnormal results and communicates abnormalities to the surgeon, anesthesiologist and/or primary physician prior to surgery.
  • Reviews preoperative chart for completeness verifying that all paperwork is present and complete preoperatively, such as consent form, H&P;, and lab results.
  • Provides emotional support to patients undergoing a change in body image and/or activity level due to surgery.
  • Initiates and documents post-operative phone calls to Med/Surg. patients.

Statement of Other Duties

This document describes the major duties and responsibilities for this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that employees may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.

Facility: Athol Hospital

Department: AMH 2ND FL MED/SURG,16383

Regular or Temporary Position: Regular

Position Control #: 16383301

Position Hours: 32

Shift: Evening

Weekend Frequency: Every other

Holiday Rotation: Per policy

Job Title: Registered Nurse, 2nd FL Med/Surg

Location: Athol, Massachusetts

Posted Date: 10/17/2018