A minimum of one year experience as an LPN preferred and possess current BCLS certification. Nursing is a practice discipline with cognitive, affective, sensory, and psychomotor performance requirements. This nurse must have the strength and coordination to perform both fine and gross motor tasks required for safe patient care. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to:
- Manipulate diagnostic instruments.
- Perform CPR.
- Perform interventions such as dressing changes, and administration of medications.
- Administer medications by oral, SQ, and IM routes.
- Manipulate technical equipment including that required for life support.
- Perform treatment and procedures.
- Work in a standing or squatting position.
- Perform frequent walking for up to 8 hours.
- Push/pull weight of patient up to three feet.
- Use electronic communication systems, specifically electronic health records.
This nurse must have the ability to monitor and assess healthcare needs of patients they care for. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to:
- Hear and interpret information the patient/family/team member is verbally communicating.
- Accurately hear ausculatory sounds on patient exam.
- Hear auditory sounds/alarm from technical equipment.
- Communicate over the telephone.
- Palpate, percuss, and perform other tactile skills required in physical exam of the patient.
- Explain treatment procedures and the plan of care in an understandable manner.
- Complete healthcare teaching in an understandable manner.
- Document nursing assessments, interventions, and evaluate outcomes.
- Read patient related documentation as well as supporting medical/nursing literature
Possess the cognitive ability to consistently and dependably engage in critical thinking. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to:
- Exercise sound clinical judgment in a timely manner.
- Safely prioritize actions based on patient needs.
- Accurately perform required calculations.
- Accurately interpret data to determine necessary action.
In addition, the nurse must possess the ability to establish professional relationships and maintain professional accountability in the legal and ethical realm. This includes (but is not limited to) the ability to:
- Act ethically and responsibly.
- Demonstrate compassion in patient care.
- Demonstrate mature and therapeutic relationships with patients and staff.
- Assume accountability for all actions.
- Demonstrates professional and appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior in all settings