The RN's practice is guided by the ANA Standard for Professional Nurse and Code of Ethics. The RN has knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices, concepts, and procedures as applied to the care of the patient population served. The RN records patients' medical history and symptoms help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical equipment, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. The RN establishes a care plan or contributes to an existing plan. The plan may include activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other healthcare clinicians. The RN teaches patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explain post-treatment and home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and therapy. The RN provides direction to licensed practical nurses and nursing aides regarding patient care and delegates when appropriate.
The RN supports efforts to advance clinical knowledge and skills. The RN precepts new hire staff and students. The RN assists the staff and students to seek and complete the tasks required to complete their competency skills. The RN continues to enhance their knowledge in the nursing management and care of patient problems and conditions as required. The RN may continue to improve the patients experience, clinical outcomes and works to promote a healthy work environment. SHC Nursing practices theory based nursing that is evidenced based utilizing a Shared Governance model for decision-making.
All RN staff who have direct responsibility for the care of stroke patients must have knowledge of:
• Stroke symptoms and warning signs
• Protocols and pathways used to identify, evaluate and management of stroke patients
• NIHSS and Modified Rankin Stroke scales
• Code Brain activation and protocol
• Stoke quality indicators
• Available stroke patient education materials and community resources
• Educational requirements
• SHC Stroke Center website resources
EDUCATION: Associates Degree in Nursing. Graduated from an accredited NLN/CCNE institution.
All staff who have direct responsibility for the care of stroke patients must have 8 hours of initial stroke specific education, and then 1 hour annually.
EXPERIENCE: 1 year RN experience in med-surg or acute specialty setting. Network float position: 2 years RN experience in med-surg or acute specialty setting.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE: Licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Arizona. Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) training course C. Unit specific certification if required by specialty area. Additionally, the network float position requires an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification