Plans, organizes and assists in the provision of direct and indirect resident care following established policies and procedures. Supervises nursing unit on a continuous basis to provide optimum patient care. Responsible for promoting the integration of nursing staff, physical facilities, equipment and time so that care can be accomplished efficiently and economically in coordination with other members of the health team.
PERFORMANCE REQUlREMENTS / ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Evaluate emergencies and determines emergency measures to be used
- Administer and record medications within the standards set forth by the State of Arizona and Federal regulations and Weyrich Health Care Center policies and procedures
- Perform direct physical care including but not limited to vital signs, weights, personal hygiene and grooming, ambulation and ROM
- Administer and supervise treatments
- Administer IV therapy and draw blood per physician orders
- Evaluate and assist in developing a Care Plan for each resident. Review and update Care Plan PRN
- Complete required forms for admission, transfer, discharge, incident reports, infection control, etc
- Observe, report and document all symptoms, reactions and changes in resident's condition
- Plan for and direct and supervise LPNs and CNAs in caring for residents
- Make rounds at the beginning and end of each shift
- Consult with peers, supervisors and physicians in the planning, and providing continuity of resident care
- Handle resident/personnel grievances and refer them to the Director of Nursing, if necessary
- Respond to apartment calls as necessary
- Assist with rehabilitation of residents according to the Medical and Nursing Care Plan
- Perform any other duty or assume any other responsibility in order to perform that which is necessary under the circumstances within the scope of their licensure
- Attend staff meetings and in-service program to maintain 12 CEUs or in-service per year
- Orient and instruct new nursing personnel
- Participate in resident/family education when appropriate
- Works in a well lighted/well ventilated area of the Weyrich Health Care Center
- Stand, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during working hours
- Subject to frequent interruptions
- Exposure to body fluids and body waste
- Rotation of work hours
- May be requested to work additional shifts
PHYSICAL/SENSORY / COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Frequently standing, bending, lifting, and moving intermittently during work hours. Bending, lifting and carrying at least 20 pounds and up to 40 pounds on a daily basis. Prolonged standing and/or walking. Frequent reaching, pulling, pushing movements. Approximately 80% of the day is spent standing and/or walking.
- Must be able to continuously perform simple manipulative tasks on equipment such as telephones, facsimiles, computers and copy machines. Occasionally performing difficult manipulative tasks. Lifting of equipment and supplies weighing at least 20 pounds. Must be able to kneel, climb stairs, reach above, at or below shoulder height. Approximately 98% of the day is spent indoors. Must be able to communicate with resident, patient, families, public and co-workers.
- Coordination: requires good hand-eye coordination, steadiness and ability to move about in small spaces, between objects, equipment and furniture.
- Mobility: must be able to continuously stand and walk; kneel, twist, sit, stand and remain in uncomfortable positions for short periods of time.
- Speech: must be able to continuously articulate clearly and precisely.
- Emotional stability: must be able to continuously deal effectively with stress created by multiple tasks, noises, interruptions and to work cooperatively as part of the health care team while maintaining a pleasant personality.
Education and Training
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
- Current Arizona licensure
- CPR certification
- Geriatric nursing experience preferred
- Supervisor or Charge Nurse experience preferred
- Comprehensive knowledge of nursing theory and practices
- Psychological, biological, social and medical sciences and their applications
- Knowledge of new developments in nursing areas