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The Clinical Nurse is a Registered Professional Nurse who provides safe, competent quality care based on nursing theory and research to a designated group of patients and significant others.
- Delivers patient care by incorporating the tenets of the professional practice model of Relationship Centered Care and through the application of the nursing process based upon theory, research, evidence-based practice, and approved organizational nursing standards.
- Assesses and evaluates patient care needs and applies critical thinking skills in patient care management.
- Integrates relevant assessment and intervention skills in the delivery of nursing care.
- Collaborates with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the plan of care.
- Prioritizes all aspects of patient care including teaching, rounding, coaching, and planning “after hospital care” and delegating to others as appropriate.
- Educates patients and caregivers while anticipating needs and readiness to learn, about their plan of care, transition of care, promotion of health, and prevention of disease.
- Communicates effectively and professionally with patients, family and all members of the Interdisciplinary Patient Care Team.
- Manages assignments within the Care Delivery Model of Modified Primary Nursing and demonstrates allocation of material resources effectively.
- Role models the tenets of Mount Sinai Relationship Centered Care (MSHRCC) through facilitation of the following actions including, but not limited to, Admission Welcome, Bedside shift Report, HELP, AM/PM Care, 5 Minute Sit Down, Purposeful Hourly Rounding, Medication Review, Discharge Wrap Up, and MD/RN Unit Collaboration.
- Considers the patient’s values, preferences, cultural diversity, expressed needs and knowledge in all aspects of care.
- Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family.
- Uses evidence-based practices to increase understanding of patients’ perceptions of care.
- Initiates service recovery for patients and family members who have concerns and escalates to Clinical Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager/Nursing Shift Manager or Patient Relations as needed.
- Demonstrates caring, respect, compassion, empathy and active listening through dialogue, body language and actions.
- Supports staff use of evidence-based practices to increase understanding of patients’ perceptions of care.
- Conducts Purposeful Hourly Rounding (PHR) on assigned patients addressing the 4 Ps.
QUALITY AND SAFETY
- Practices safe and efficient patient-centered care, identifying and escalating barriers and opportunities for improvement.
- Demonstrates clinical skills and knowledge crucial to quality and safety in the patient population served.
- Implements process improvement strategies based on institutional, evidence-based ensure and procedures.
- Engages in formal and informal peer and institutional review processes.
- Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to create and implement quality improvement projects, evidence-based practice activities and nursing research studies.
- Contributes to quality and safety practices and required compliance measures.
- Implements principles of high reliability to identify and avoid high risk behaviors to provide a safe environment for patients.
- Escalates potential safety hazards or gaps from best practice following institutional chain of command protocol.
- Utilizes institutional information technology by documenting nursing practice to support quality and performance improvement initiatives.
- Performs charge nurse duties as assigned.
- Coordinates with the Clinical Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager/Nursing Shift Manager to ensure supplies are appropriately utilized and inventory is sufficient for patient care.
- Escalates material or staffing resource deficits to charge nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager or Nursing Shift Manager.
- Demonstrates patient focused and cost effective approaches to patient care in terms of equipment, staff, supplies and all other resources.
- Documents in an accurate and thorough manner in compliance with hospital, regulatory and legal requirements and standards of care.
- Contributes to the environment of care to support clinical colleagues, patients and their families and members of the healthcare team.
- Advances clinical competence in nursing practice to progress from novice to expert.
- Projects a professional image to colleagues and communicates with styles and methods that demonstrate caring, respect, compassion and empathy.
- Incorporates ethical principles into decision making for patient and family.
- Encourages and demonstrates a spirit of scholarship, inquiry, life-long learning and innovation for self and others.
- Acquires knowledge and skills relative to the role, patient population, clinical specialty and local and/or global health community needs.
- Participates in shared decision making through specialty practice councils, nursing department committees and unit initiatives.
- Serves as a professional role model and preceptor for new staff and students.
- Advances as a clinical leader through acting in the charge role, as a patient throughput facilitator and resource person for the unit/clinical service area.
- Articulates the values of research and evidence-based practice and its application to nursing practice and the environment of care.
- Contributes to the profession of nursing through participation in professional organizations.
- Ability to read, write, understand and speak English in a clear and concise manner.
- Visual and aural acuity to assess patient status.
- Communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals.
- Ability to use basic data entry and retrieval systems.
- Ability to organize information and teach others.
- Analytic ability to collect and organize information, identifies problems and trends, formulate and implement corrective plans or programs.
- Ability to coordinate, prioritized, and allocates resources.
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- Physical stamina, dexterity and mental health necessary to coordinate a broad variety of services and programs for designated patient population on a daily basis.
- Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing preferred. Associate degree in nursing is considered only with relevant experience if approved by Chief Nursing Officer or designee.
- Relevant clinical competence in area of nursing practice assigned; new graduates must possess current knowledge of the nursing process and its application.
- Licensed as a registered nurse with current registration in New York State.
- General Skills and Competencies
- Must have relevant clinical competence in area of nursing practice assigned; new graduates must possess current knowledge of the nursing process and its application.
- Evidence of ability to maintain interpersonal relationships, communicate appropriately to others, and work effectively and efficiently to solve problems.
- Demonstrates the ability to work in a team displaying effective communication and critical thinking.
- Ability to read, write, understand and speak English in a clear and concise manner. Visual, physical, auditory and cognitive ability to assess patient status.
- Physical and mental health necessary to care for acutely ill patients with a broad variety of diagnoses and behaviors on a daily basis.
- Ability to walk, stand, lift, stoop, push and respond quickly in a variety of situations and for an extended period of time.
- Manual dexterity to perform a variety of clinical procedures relevant to practice area (i.e. venipuncture, urinary catheterization, cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
- Ability to use basic data entry, retrieval systems and the electronic medical record documentation system in a proficient manner.
- Licenses: RN
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GENERAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES