ICU Nurse

General Summary
The Intensive Care Nurse is a professional Registered Nurse who is accountable for the delivery of quality patient care. This includes assessing, coordinating and participating in the total care and teaching for a specific patient. Care is delivered in collaboration with the patient, family members, physicians, peers and other members of the healthcare team. The nurse maintains the highest standards of nursing practice in the clinical setting and is responsible for creating exceptional patient/family experiences during the delivery of this care.
II Principal Responsibilities and Duties
Maintains the patient vision and adheres to the mission of the organization.
Maintains the Standards of Patient Care for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice and implements the Policies and Procedures of York Hospital and functions within the scope of the Maine Nurse Practice Act, ANA Code of Ethics, and York Hospital Nursing Scope of Practice.
Acknowledges accountability to keep nursing license current and assumes responsibility for ongoing renewal prior to expiration.
Communicates effectively with patients, families, physicians, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Is available for collaboration at all times.
Develops and maintains positive interpersonal relationships with all members of the healthcare team, which are characterized by mutual support, open communication and respect.
Projects an overall attitude of loving kindness, pride and optimism.
Uses evidence based practice, accepted protocols, and the best nursing judgment to achieve and maintain standards for professional nursing practice in the clinical setting. Striving always for Nursing Excellence.
Willingly participates in all initiatives being put in place to reach the organizational goals set forth for Patient Satisfaction; Quality Care and Cost Reduction.
Is willing to be held accountable to all Loving Kindness Behaviors and Beliefs.
Provides and documents age specific quality patient care as witnessed by peers, name recognition in patient surveys, notes from patients, physician appraisals, peer, and leader evaluations. Along with chart reviews.
Continually meets hospital's expectation of 85% for safe medication administration, charting by the bedside, and CPOE.
Assists peers in the delivery of quality patient care.
Responds immediately to any emergency light or bed alarm.
Responds promptly to call bells
Delegates fairly to the support staff
Recognizes when peers need help and is proactive in assisting them through out the organization
Maintains familiarity and an understanding of approved hospital
Medications and all pertinent policies pertaining to those medications.
Administers medications, according to the policy, in a timely manner and
Evaluates and documents their effectiveness if applicable.
Supports overall function of the office.
Works collaboratively with the Team Coordinator.
Promotes and practices the established standards for safety and infection control as per York Hospital policies and procedures.
Participates in committees focused on improving patient care within the organization. Helps with community activities, partakes in pilot projects, opinion polls and works to improve processes within the hospital. Takes on extra duties to promote good teamwork and helps the York Hospital team as a whole.
Participates in ongoing evaluation of quality care by responding to the Quality committee, reporting any problems, and updating staff on new procedures and theories. This may include but is not limited to chart audits.
Attends all at least 6 out of the 12 staff meetings.
III. Education and Experience
A licensed Registered Nurse currently registered in the state of Maine or approved compact states.
BLS certified.
ACLS certified
NIHSS certified
Acquires and maintains ongoing education in field of practice
IV. Physical Activities
Frequent bending is required to care for patients in their bed or chair.
Lifting may be required when transferring patient. Also other lifting of objects
may be required.
Approximate pounds required to lift will range according to size of patient, which varies from newborn to adult. Object size varies.
VI. Work Environment
Exposure to biologic, chemical, environmental and auditory hazards at times.

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