Singing River Health System
The Registered Nurse is a professional nurse who is educated in the art and science of nursing, with the goal of assisting patients attain, maintain, and restore health when possible. Competency is determined by demonstrated possession of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required for this position. The registered nurse provides patient care utilizing the Nursing Process within the MS Nurse Practice Act, ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, the Joint Commission Standards, the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control, and SRHS Departments of Nursing Plan for Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services. As such, this performance evaluation is based on these standards.
Graduate from NLN school of nursing. Current Mississippi State licensure.
All RNs are required to complete and maintain BCLS certification. RNs working in the ICU and/or Emergency Department are required to complete and maintain ACLS certification. RNs working in the nursery are required to complete and maintain Neonatal Resuscitation certification. RNs working with pediatric patients are required to complete and maintain PALS certification. RNs have 12 months, from the date they begin working in the specialty area, to acquire the appropriate certification.
Appropriate nursing practice/experience within the past five (5) years or evidence of successful refresher program.
Stands, turns, bends, stoops, lifts, climbs, and uses many physical motions in performing day-to-day activities. Auditory acuity to hear patient verbal communication and gather data using auscultory skills. Manual dexterity of hands and feet to ambulate 6-7 hrs per 8 hr shift and adroitly manage multiple pieces of equipment/tubes/invasive lines. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and do a great deal of walking without experiencing undue fatigue. Must have high energy level and be capable of handling high pressure situations. May be exposed to communicable disease or radiation.
Keen mental faculties/assessment and decision making skills in the management of acute and chronically ill patients. Communication/speaking/enunciation skills to receive and give information in person and by telephone. Emotional stability conducive to dealing with high stress level for 6-8 hours/8 hour shift associated with care of acute patient/family, rapidly changing patient conditions, emotional demands of patients and families, and demands of maintaining effective working relationships with peers, managers, physicians, and other health care workers.
Standards of Clinical Practice
These standards describe a competent level of care provided by the Registered Nurse as demonstrated by the Nursing Process. The Nursing Process is the critical thinking model that provides the basis for evidence based clinical decision-making and provision of care by the Registered Nurse.