The Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional caregiver who assumes responsibility and accountability for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care of patients. The staff RN utilizes the nursing process by use of technology, therapeutic intervention, evidence-based practice and coordination of care with other health team members.
• Performs appropriate assessment of physical, social and psychological status (including cognitive, communicative and developmental skills as appropriate).
• Seeks and evaluates information acquired from other members of interdisciplinary team: patient, family, physician, non-nursing disciplines, support staff, others.
• Uses assessment information and critical thinking skills to collaboratively develop individualized plan of care.
• Actively seeks patient, family, team, and physician involvement to develop plan of care including needed education.
• Collaboratively plans and prepares patients for further support needs once the current episode of care outcomes are met (i.e., teaching, referrals, and follow-up).
• Directs the interdisciplinary care team via delegation, coordination and collaboration as appropriate.
• Provides or delegates care consistent with plan of care, guidelines of care and professional licensure provisions.
• Demonstrates the ability to set priorities and to coordinate and organize patient care delivery through effectively managing time, supplies, and resources.
• Evaluates patient response to interventions through review of achievement of goals, clinical outcomes, patient and family satisfaction.
• Revises plan of care as indicated, and reassesses changes as appropriate.
• Promotes nursing profession and participate in development of others.
• Integrates legal and ethical standards into practice: complies with regulatory standards, practices within scope of licensure, provides accurate & timely documentation, and understands legal implications of care delivery.