Statement of Purpose:
As an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, the Clinical Nurse utilizes the nursing process to provide therapeutic, direct patient care to patients and their families in the Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit / Special Care Nursery settings.
A. Standards of Practice:
• Collects comprehensive data pertinent to the healthcare consumer’s health and/or the situation (assessment)
• Analyzes the assessment data to determine and make judgment to the nursing diagnoses or the issues (diagnosis)
• Identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the healthcare consumer or situation (outcomes identification)
• Develops a plan that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes (planning)
• Implements the identified plan through coordination of care delivery, employing strategies to promote health and a safe environment (implementation)
• Evaluates progress toward attainment of outcomes, reassesses as needed, and adjusts plan accordingly
B. Standards of Professional Performance:
• Practices ethically (ethics)
• Attains knowledge & competence that reflects current nursing practice (education)
• Integrates evidence and research findings into practice (evidence-based practice and research)
• Contributes to quality nursing practice (quality of practice)
• Communicates effectively in a variety of formats in all areas of practice (communication)
• Demonstrates leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession through shared governance and ownership of nursing practice (leadership)
• Collaborates with the healthcare consumer, family and others in conduct of nursing practice and assumes responsibility for the patient experience (collaboration)
• Evaluates own nursing practice in relation to professional standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations (professional practice evaluation)
• Utilizes appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective and financially responsible employing good resource stewardship (resource utilization)
• Practices in an environmentally safe and health manner (environmental health)
• Fosters a healthy, positive, and supportive environment
C. Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
• Knowledge of medications and their correct administration for the neonate based on his/her critical condition, age and weight
• Follows the standard rights of medication administration and reduces the potential for medication errors.
• Ability to assess neonate at delivery and perform neonatal resuscitation
• Ability to perform head-to-toe assessment on infants and adults and reassessments as per policy.
• Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates family regarding neonatal pain management.
• Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical / health care errors.
• Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
• Ability to monitor hemodynamic status of neonate and correctly interpret the results
• Ability to perform waived testing (point-of-care testing) per facility policy and procedures
• Ability to interpret results of waived tests; take appropriate action on waived test results.
• Ability to formulate an individualized plan of care, revise plan as indicated by neonate’s response to treatment and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness
• Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified family learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning.
• Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring, identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately based upon Neonatal Resuscitation protocol
• Provides care to neonates requiring extensive fluid and electrolyte managment
• Communicates appropriately and clearly to shift supervisor and/or relief charge nurse, co-workers and physicians
• Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the neonate’s needs
• Demonstrates an ability to assist physicians and other providers with procedures in the NICU
• Coordinates and supervise patient care as necessary
• Demonstrates the ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations
• Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity
• Interacts professionally with patient / family and involves family in the formation of the plan of care
• Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments
• Documentation meets current standards and policies.
• Identifies and addresses psychosocial needs of patient and family
• Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly
D. PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS
• Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean
• Completes annual education requirements
• Maintains regulatory requirements
• Maintains patient confidentiality at all times
• Reports to work on time and as scheduled, competes work with designated time
• Wears identification while on duty, uses computerized punch time system correctly
• Completes in-services and returns in timely fashion when required
• Attends annual review and department in-services, as scheduled
• Attends at least 75% staff meetings annually reads and returns all monthly staff meeting minutes
• Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner
• Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities
• Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices
• Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement of the department
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: - Eligibility, as defined by the California Board of Nursing, to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing examination.
- BSN preferred.
- Two (2) or more years of recent experience in Level II (or higher) NICU – Special Care Nursery, REQUIRED.
- Highly preferred, Experienced NICU RNs attending deliveries and transition of the newborn in Labor & Delivery / support to staff on PostPartum/Couplet Care unit
– Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
– Additional languages preferred.
– Basic computer knowledge.
– Cerner (EMR documentation) preferred .
- Will be expected to cross train to transition RN in L&D and as resource in Couplet Care.
Minimum Field of Expertise:
- Valid State of California Registered Nursing License; Neonatal Specialty certification, preferred or obtained within 2 years of hire date.
- Current Basic Care Life Support (BCLS) for Healthcare Provider card from the American Heart Association.
- Regulatory Requirements:
Current Basic Care Life Support (BCLS) for Healthcare Provider card from the American Heart Association (AHA).
• Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) from the AHA.
• Completion cardiac monitoring course.
• Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certification.
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