Hospital Staff Nurse I/II (RN) – NICU – Full Time Shift – Bakersfield, CA

Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles. Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care, inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.

Career Opportunities within Kern Medical include many benefits such as:


  • New Hire Bonus
    : $6,000.00

  • New Hire Premium
    : +6% of base rate of pay, matched up to 6% if contributed to Deferred Compensation Plan.

  • Shift Differential Pay
    : P.M. shift (7:00 PM – 7:30 AM) = 10% of base pay.

  • A Comprehensive Benefits Package
    : includes Holidays, Paid Time Off, Retirement, Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance.


Position
: Hospital Staff Nurse I/II – Maternal Child Services – NICU

The Kern Medical 28 bed NICU allows our nurses to care for many of the country’s smallest and sickest neonates. Kern Medical often accepts transfers into our NICU from other local hospitals.


Job Description

Under close supervision, learns the nursing process through assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe, therapeutic care.


DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:
The Hospital Staff Nurse I is the entry-level in the Hospital Staff Nurse PreLicensed/I/II flexible classification series and includes Hospital Staff Nurses in correctional medicine assignments. Hospital Staff Nurse I is the second classification level in the Hospital Staff Nurse Pre-Licensed I/II flexible classification series. It is designed to orient the Licensed Registered Nurse who has limited experience to professional nursing practice. It is also designed to orient the re-entry nurse to current clinical practice. Promotion to Hospital Staff Nurse II is based upon recommendation of the Kern Medical Chief Executive Officer and approval of the Director of Human Resources.

The Hospital Staff Nurse II is the advanced level in the Hospital Staff Nurse Pre-Licensed/I/II flexible classification series and includes Hospital Staff Nurses in correctional medicine assignments. Hospital Staff Nurse II is the third level in the Hospital Staff Nurse -Pre-Licensed I/II flexible classification series. It is designed for the licensed Registered Nurse who experience to at an advanced level of nursing practice. Hospital Staff Nurse II is distinguished from Hospital Staff Nurse I by its level of knowledge and skill required including the degree of difficulty of work and performance with minimum supervision. The emphasis on essential functions performed may vary according to assignment.

All nursing clinical practice shall be evaluated and governed through the Chief Nursing Officer and/or their Registered Nurse designee.


Essential Functions:


Level I:

  • Collects and documents data about patients commonly seen on the unit according to prescribed methods.
  • Interprets assessment data to determine whether patient has physiological and/or psycho social risk factors; records and reports assessment data.
  • Develops and contributes to a plan of nursing action based on existing and potential patient problems and observable patient responses; incorporates the medical plan of care.
  • Uses combination of education and experience to provide a range of options for nursing actions; makes appropriate nursing decisions based on the assessment of the patient and interpretation of clinical data.
  • Establishes nursing diagnoses and initiates appropriate interventions; uses appropriate resources to formulate a written plan of care; evaluates the effectiveness of nursing intervention and revises patient care plans as necessary.
  • Implements therapeutic care for patients responding to the needs due to multi-system disease or complications of treatment; work with physician in setting priorities for care of patients.
  • Anticipates patient care problems and responds to changes on the unit by prioritizing for emergencies, changes in patient status and unusual occurrences.
  • Performs and documents the nursing process consistent with scientific principle and hospital policy as required by patient assignment.
  • Implements the medical and nursing care plans and coordinates patient care activities with nurses, physicians and allied health professionals.
  • Performs tasks described in the unit specific components of nursing practice for the unit to which assigned.
  • Assesses patient/family level of understanding and develops teaching methods and plans accordingly; follows through on teaching plans developed to instruct patients and their family members regarding; testing, procedures and disease process; knowledge and skills essential to coping with illness, and promotion of optimum health.
  • Observes and addresses the stressful situations experienced by patients/families and assists them in dealing with illness and hospitalization.
  • Coordinates and participates in patient care rounds and conferences.
  • Performs quality assurance monitoring; analyzes results of monitoring activities; participates in designing plan of improvement for identified problems.
  • May assist with training staff members and orienting new staff; works collaboratively with clinicians to manage patient care.
  • Completes all competencies, mandatory classes and educational coursework as required by the hospital.
  • Demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of populations served by Kern Medical facilities


Level II: (
In addition to the above functions):

  • Interprets complex assessment data to determine whether patient has physiological and/or psycho social risk factors; records and reports assessment data.
  • Uses combination of education and advanced experience to provide a range of options for nursing actions; makes appropriate nursing decisions based on the assessment of the patient and interpretation of clinical data.
  • Addresses the stressful situations experienced by patients/families and assists them in dealing with illness and hospitalization.
  • Trains staff members, orients new staff, serves as a mentor to staff as an experienced clinician and manager of care.


Other Functions:
(all levels)

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Incumbents must have the ability to perform the Essential Functions of the job.


Employment Standards:


Level I
: Graduation from an accredited registered nursing program, and a valid and unrestricted license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse;


OR

Possession of a temporary license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse.


Level II:
Graduation from an accredited registered nursing program, possess and maintain valid and unrestricted license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse, AND three (3) years of nursing experience;


OR

Graduation from an accredited registered nursing program, possession of a temporary license issued by the State of California to practice as a Registered Nurse AND three (3) years of nursing experience.

Depending on assignment incumbents may be required to possess and maintain specific certificates of competency as a condition of employment. Level I/II: Possess and maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.

Employees must maintain all health requirements designated by Kern Medical Center. Possess and maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.

A background check will be conducted for this classification.

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