The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care. The Registered Nurse collaborates with patients, family/significant others, peers, physicians and other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team in the delivery of healthcare services to patients. The Registered Nurse assesses the patient’s needs, plans care, implements and evaluates the medical and nursing regimens in accordance with the hospital and nursing philosophy, policies/procedures and standards. He or she demonstrates leadership skills and commitment to professional accountability and growth
Essential Functions and Responsibilities Includes the Following:
Understands and adheres to the WPH Performance Standards, Policies and Behaviors.
Utilizes the nursing process to meet the age specific needs of the patient in all aspects of care: biophysical, psychosocial, education, safety/ environment and discharge planning
Utilizes appropriate steps in the decision making process to include recognition and priority setting related to patient care and unit-based issues. Addresses issues with appropriate actions
Collaborates and communicates with the interdisciplinary health care team
Integrates patient rights and nursing ethics into work practice
Adheres to infection control standards to reduce the risk of nosocomial infections to patient and staff.
Adheres to the tenets of the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals
Delegates activities to ancillary staff as it relates to the State Nurse Practice Act
Adheres to the ANA Code of Nursing Ethics & Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice
Supports, promotes, and practices within the WPH Professional Nursing Practice Model
Sustains and advances the Magnet model
Participates in the Performance Improvement initiatives
Completes competency requirements
Attends mandatory in-services
Attends staff meetings as required/requested
Utilizes cost containment practices
Assumes Charge Nurse responsibility
Performs other related duties as assigned
Education & Experience Requirements
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing with current New York registration
Baccalaureate in Nursing (BSN) required for all external RNs hired on or after January 1st, 2018.
All RNs hired on or after January 1st 2016 but before January 1st 2018, must have a minimum of a BSN or show evidence of enrollment and completion of BSN by January 1st, 2020.
All RNs hired before January 1st 2016 must have BSN by January 1st, 2022.
Knowledge of current nursing, medical and health trends and practices in rendering of patient care.
One year of acute care nursing experience preferred for areas other than medical surgical or step-down
BLS certification (through American Heart Association) is required.
As of January 1st, 2017, ACLS certification (through American Heart Association) is required for all RNs, except for NICU and OR RNs. Current nurses will have 12 months to receive this certification (1/1/18). Current nurses on Mother/Baby will have until 1/1/19 to receive this certification. All newly hired, inexperienced nurses must receive this certification within 12 months. All newly hired, experienced nurses must receive this certification within 6 months.
PALS certification (through American Heart Association) is required for all RNs working in the PACU, 5I Pediatrics, Emergency Department, Armonk Urgent Care and Ambulatory Surgery. All newly hired, inexperienced nurses must receive this certification within 12 months. All newly hired, experienced nurses must receive this certification within 6 months.
NRP certification is required for all RNs working in the Mother-Baby unit, Labor & Delivery and NICU. All newly hired nurses to the NICU, L&D and the Mother-Baby unit must receive this certification within 6 months.
Successful completion of Department and Unit Orientation Program
Teamwork & Adaptability
Acts as a Professional Role Model
Excellent Communication Skills (both verbal and written)
Attention to Detail
Planning & Organizing
Sound Problem-Solving, Judgment and Decision-Making Skills
Physical/Mental Demands/Requirements & Work Environment
May be exposed to chemicals necessary to perform required tasks. Any hazardous chemicals the employee may be exposed to are listed in the hospital’s SDS (Safety Data Sheet) data base and accessed through the hospital’s Intranet site (Employee Tools/SDS Access). A copy of the SDS data base can also be found at the hospital switchboard, saved on a disc.
Position requires ability to move about freely at least 85 per cent of the time.
Must be able to remain stationary for extended/prolonged periods
Frequently moves/transports objects up to fifty (50) pounds and must be able to move patients of all weights with a minimum of one (1) assist or assistive device/equipment
Must be able to work in environment with continuous interruptions
Must be able to assess and respond to rapidly changing situational needs of patients, department and hospital
Must be able to adapt in a high stress and fast-paced environment with multiple interruptions
Must be able to detect sounds and respond to emergency sounds/signals at all times
Must be able to constantly operate computer, equipment and other devices
Position requires ability to concentrate on fine detail with interruptions and attend to tasks for more than sixty (60) minutes at a time.
Individual must be able to understand and relate to theories behind several related concepts and remember multiple tasks given during the course of a day.