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Registered Nurse, Pediatrics

Responsibilities:

Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations

Uses the nursing process in the delivery of care as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Obtains patient history and conducts appropriate patient assessment
  • Collaborates with the health care team to develop and manage the plan of care, involving patient/significant other whenever possible
  • Implements appropriate nursing care to meet patient needs
  • Evaluates patient's response to medical, nursing, and other disciplines interventions and takes appropriate action

Demonstrates critical thinking and clinical competency in the delivery of patient care as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Administers medications, monitors effectiveness, and takes appropriate action as needed in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Proficient in starting and managing IV administration
  • Responds appropriately to changes in patient condition
  • Consults medical record for pertinent patient information such as diagnostic test results, physician progress notes
  • Implements the plan of care according to physician s, nursing orders, clinical pathways, and nursing care standards
  • Appropriately delegates to and manages patient care delivered by support staff

Manages patient teaching and discharge planning as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Identifies patient learning needs on admission and throughout the episode of care
  • Collaborates with health care team to develop and implement the discharge plan
  • Prepares patient and significant others for appropriate home management regarding medications and the follow up plan of care

Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
  • When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and manager/charge nurse to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified

Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

  • Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
  • Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
  • Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
  • Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
  • Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
  • Informs Division Director/Supervisor/Clinical Manager of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
  • Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues

Unit Specific Duties

Demonstrates assessment and nursing skills required to care for infant/child/adolescent with complex medical problems, special needs or who are critically ill

Demonstrates knowledge of infant/child behaviors in response to illness, pain, and therapies

Provides care to outpatient infusion patients:

  • Administers treatment / medications, monitors effectiveness, and takes appropriate action as needed in accordance with policies, procedures, and physician orders

Maintains CPR and PALS certification

Qualifications

  • Customer service attitude required
  • Current Pennsylvania Registered Nurse license or Temporary Practice Permit required
  • Previous pediatrics experience preferred
  • PALS certification required or must be obtained within one year of start date on Pediatrics
  • ACLS certification preferred


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