Registered Nurse Job Description

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POSITION: Registered Nurse
DEPARTMENT: Nursing
RESPONSIBLE TO: RN – Charge Nurse and Director of Care

Reporting to the Charge Nurse and Director of Care, the Registered Nurse is responsible to provide direct and indirect patient care and professional nursing services required in the nursing care of residents. In collaboration with other health care providers, the RN assumes primary responsibility for the development, maintenance and compliance with the individualized plan of care. In the absence of the RN-Charge Nurse, the senior RN in the facility will assume Responsibility roles such as staffing, resolution of conflict and facility management. Every employee of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home has a responsibility to be involved in providing a stimulating environment for the residents. In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values, our Strategic Plan and our philosophy of Resident Centered Care, the registered nurse serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

Key Responsibilities

1. Leadership

  • Understands and supports the Resident Care Standards and a resident centered philosophy of care
  • Demonstrates the ability to treat other people (including, residents, families, and staff) with dignity, honest and respect so that they may reach their full potential
  • Demonstrates accountability, reliability and initiative in adhering to professional standards
  • Supports and applies a resident-focused approach to care
  • Knows and follows departmental and organizational policies and procedures and monitors staff compliance with same.
  • Interacts with residents and families in a professional and compassionate manner, effectively managing questions, concerns, and suggestions as they arise, towards satisfactory outcomes
  • Models behaviours that promote a positive, dynamic, professional, caring, interested, motivated and pro-active work culture Actively works to maintain a positive unit climate in which staff are encouraged to reach full potential by recognizing their achievements, providing corrective instruction, coaching and supporting staff, and celebrating success
  • Actively participates in and seeks out, educational opportunities in nursing and leadership for continued learning and development
  • Demonstrates the ability to use resources responsibly and to look for more efficient and effective ways to ensure the future of quality support and care for residents
  • Demonstrates respect for the personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs and needs of others
  • Demonstrates commitment to working as part of a team environment where people support each other through teaching, mentoring and by example

2. Delivery of Competent Nursing Care

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates resident care
  • Conducts and documents comprehensive assessments of residents
  • Maintains timely and accurate documentation
  • Supports best practices and quality improvement initiatives
  • Assigns, gives direction and delegates tasks and care to LPN/CCA staff based on licence/ certification and scope of practice
  • Conducts regular nursing assessment rounds during the shift
  • Makes evidence-based, best-practice decisions
  • Utilizes a critical-thinking process to problem solving
  • Participates in the delivery of care to residents who are outside the LPN Scope of Practice, (medically unstable, unpredictable)
  • Employs innovation and creativity in day-to-day activities on unit
  • Communicates in a positive, clear, professional manner with all in-house departments
  • Carries out clinical assessments and procedures such as dressings, treatments, medications, oxygen therapy, catheterizations, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, bowel sounds, lung sounds, vital signs, venipuncture, immunizations, tube-feedings etc. including approved procedures under the Homes for Special Care Act according to established policy and procedures
  • As a member of the nursing team is required to respond to bells, alarms, etc and to meet residents needs as indicated

3. Team Coordination

  • Receives and relays relevant information using effective communication skills
  • Promotes and supports culture change
  • Demonstrates and encourages flexibility
  • Acts as a mentor and support for staff
  • Provides feedback on staff performance to RN-Charge Nurse
  • Participates in Multidisciplinary Conferences, Team Meetings, and other staff coordination activities as required

4. Quality & Risk Management

  • Ensures completion and analysis of monthly audits and indicators as required, and identifies corrective action;
  • Assists with completion of incident reports and appropriate follow-up
  • In the absence of the Charge Nurse, ensures there is on-going communication with families on issues pertaining to non-clinical matters
  • Assists with the evaluation of all non-clinical resident programs and services for relevance, quality and effectiveness
  • Identifies potential liability issues and takes action to minimize risks
  • Serves on committees as designated by the Director of Care
  • Actively participates in research programs where applicable

5. Occupational Health and Safety

  • Observes work patterns and ensures safe working practices are adhered to at all times;
  • Implements and monitors the lift and transfer policy;
  • Conducts safety audits as required
  • Conducts or assists with investigations of employee work related accidents;
  • Ensures staff adheres to infection control practices.

6. Responsibility Role

  • In keeping with the NSNU contract, in the absence of management staff, the senior RN in the facility will be designated to be responsible for the facility. Responsibility duties include but are not limited to: staffing, conflict management, problem solving, resident and family issues and other issues as arise in the delivery of safe and competent care to the residents

7. Maintains and continually develops core competencies

  • Resident focused
  • Communication
  • Conflict Managements
  • Self-and community awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Decision making
  • Initiative
  • Leading & Developing others
  • Stress management
  • Values & Ethics

Education Requirements

  • RN or BScN at an accredited School/College of Nursing.
  • Current registration with the College of Registered Nurses of NS.
  • Current CPR, CPI, WHIMIS certification required.

Required Experience

  • Recent clinical experience including leadership duties.
  • Recent experience in geriatric setting preferred.