General Statement of Duties:

The professional Registered Nurse (RN) is the patient and patient’s family advocate.  He/she consistently applies and utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking skills, scientific judgment, technical skills

and leadership to independently deliver safe nursing care to patients.  The RN collaborates with the patient care team to achieve quality patient outcomes in alignment with the Hospital mission and Methodist Excellence goals. Communicates and utilizes interpersonal skills effectively and role models confidence and professionalism within nursing as evidenced by active engagement in unit and organizational activities. Demonstrates team work and adaptability and is a resource person to the patient care team. He/she is accountable for the quality of nursing care services delivered by self or others under their direction in accordance with the Texas Nurse Practice Act, hospital policies and procedures and the Texas Board of Nursing rules for delegated nursing tasks (Chapter 224). Promotes a positive image of nursing and demonstrates team work and adaptability through consistently following the standards of Methodist Excellence.

Essential Job Functions:

1.                  Applies nursing judgment through a thorough, systematic approach of applying the nursing process to include:

•         Assessment: Conducts comprehensive, timely, and ongoing focused physical, psycho-

            social and pain assessments; includes assessment of patient education needs.

•         Planning: Utilizes the assessment, identifies problems, makes nursing diagnoses,

             formulates goals, teaching plans and outcomes to create an individualized plan of care.

             Identifies individual patient goals, readiness to learn and incorporates family into the plan

            of care.

•         Implementation: Prioritizes and implements a competent, prioritized and efficient

            nursing plan of care.

•         Evaluation/Reassessment: Consistently conducts timely evaluation, anticipates and

     recognizes changes in patient conditions, determines when reassessments are needed and

    adjusts the plan of care as necessary. Compares expected and achieved outcomes of

     nursing care utilizing the plan of care.

2.                  Collaborates with patient care team members on patient care plan; communicates timely and effectively with physicians and other members of the patient care team through verbal, written or electronic communication to coordinate and facilitate meeting patient needs. Incorporates consistent use of hand-off communication and SBAR communication methods.

3.                  Demonstrates critical thinking skills, scientific judgment, and organizational skills. Prioritizes tasks and adjusts priorities when necessary. Maintains an orderly, efficient and timely flow of patients. Recognizes and reports errors and unusual occurrences and analyze contributing factors. Initiates corrective action when appropriate.

4.                  Makes accurate, complete and timely entries into the patient medical record addressing all steps of the nursing process. Actively communicates with members of the healthcare team, patient and patient family.

5.                  Maintains current nursing knowledge to assure a safe working environment. Demonstrates practical application of all policies and procedures relative to safety and the pillars of Methodist Excellence to include: Applicable quality core measures, infection prevention, fall prevention, medication administration safety, hourly rounding, and AIDET principles.

6.                  Responsible to supervise tasks delegated to unlicensed personnel and accountable for tasks performed by unlicensed personnel according to the Texas BON rules for delegated nursing tasks (Chapter 224).