Summary: Under the general supervision of the Director of the Emergency Department, the Registered Nurse is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for patients seeking emergency treatment. S/HE provides both direct care to the emergency patient, as well as directing the care given by other members of the health care team, such as LPN’s, paramedics, EMT’s, emergency technicians, and coordinators. The registered nurse also coordinates care for emergency patients, working closely with physicians and ancillary departments to assure coordinated care is provided. The Registered Nurse assures that care is delivered utilizing the nursing process, considering age specific parameters, and does so in a professional, compassionate manner.
Must be able to work at a fast pace for long hours, to include lifting and moving patients. Must be willing to be part of a healthcare team and work well with the ward clerks, EMT-Ps, technicians and physicians. The RN must possess: excellent people skills, the ability to multi-task, as well as prioritization and time management skills.
Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing: ADN, BSN. ACLS and PALS preferred and must be obtained within one year of employment. CEN certification, TNCC encouraged.
Experience: Must have either one year of Medical/Surgical Nursing as a Registered Nurse, or one year of emergency department experience in any capacity. Previous emergency department experience or critical care experience as a Registered Nurse Preferred.
Licensure, Registration, Certification: Current Missouri licensure.
Mental/Physical Requirements: (may be met with or without reasonable accommodations): Considerable mental concentration required. Standing, walking, sitting, lifting, turning carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, twisting, and reaching are required. Must be able to lift 20 lbs. from floor and from overhead, 40 lbs. from waist height and be able to handle, move or transfer articles of 100 lbs. regularly and over 100 lbs. periodically; in concert with other employees/person(s) and/or lifting device; exercise good body mechanics in execution of essential duties, including appropriate back and neck posture.
Working Conditions: Frequent exposure to communicable disease via blood and body fluids. Frequent exposure to infectious diseases, radiation, anti-neoplastic agents, and hostile persons at times. Works with sharps and other potentially biohazardous material.
Age-Specific Competencies: Persons generally grow and develop in stages that are related to their age. Age specific competence means that the employee is aware of physical, psychosocial and/or learning needs of patients of different ages. Employees consider these needs when planning and providing care for the patient or when interacting with the patient or family.
Human development can be divided into eight stages. In each stage the individual has a primary task to accomplish or master. Each task is important throughout the life span but is most critical at a particular stage.
- Infant (0-1 year): The infant must learn to trust that his/her needs will be met.
- Toddler (1-3 years): The toddler must learn to develop a sense of himself as an independent person and gain self-confidence and self-control.
- Pre-school child (3-6 years): The pre-school child must develop a sense if initiating (being able to explore the world and start projects).
- School age child (6-12 years): The school age child must develop a sense to his/her own self-worth through accomplishments and interaction with others.
- Adolescent (13-20 years): the adolescent must develop his/her own identity.
- Young adult (21-43 years): The young adult must develop close relationships.
- Middle adult (44-65 years): The middle adult must develop a sense of community and assume responsibility for others.
- Older adult (65 years and older): The older adult must come to understand the meaning of his/her life in terms of what has been accomplished.
Texas County Memorial Hospital is a tobacco-free smoke-free facility.