A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION. Under the direction of registered nurses, provides a broad range of direct, age-specific patient care activities and supportive services, as identified in age-specific competencies, including demonstrating knowledge of changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric age groups Observes and identifies physical, emotional, social, medication and equipment needs of patients. Recognizes subtle deviations from normal in patients' conditions. Recognizes the need for and institutes emergency measures when indicated, promptly seeking the assistance of the RN or MD/DO and assists in resuscitation procedures in cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest. Recognizes patients' age-specific physiological and psycho social responses to multiple illnesses and treatment modalities. Recognizes patients' risk for common potential problems (i.e., safety, falls, skin integrity and nutrition). Screens patients' risk for potential problems related to specific diagnosis and treatment. Uses appropriate communication skills in obtaining information from patients. Modifies communication/patient education to accommodate hearing, visual and cognitive impairments. Observes patients for evidence of elder abuse and follows correct reporting procedures. Recognizes basic learning needs of patients. Plans and carries out nursing care for assigned patients within established time frames. Provides a full range of practical nursing care to patients with a variety of physical and/or behavioral problems. Serves as a responsible member of the nursing team and interacts, in an appropriate manner, with patients, family members, professional and other supportive personnel, involved in the delivery of patient care, incorporating acceptable, established customer service standards into practice. Implements physician and nursing orders and the interdisciplinary plan of care, as appropriate. Uses Policy & Procedure Manuals, clinical competencies and related instructional materials as guidelines for performing nursing care. Accurately prepares, administers and appropriately documents actions taken specific to commonly prescribed oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular and/or intravenous medications as permitted by approved local facility policies and procedures. Observation and documentation include patient' responses to medication administered and the reporting of any noted changes in patient' conditions to RN or MD/DO. Monitors administration of intravenous solutions, changes intravenous tubing and dressings and discontinues intravenous administration as specified by policy. Administers standard and pharmacy prepared parenteral fluids including piggybacks through open intravenous lines as specified by policy. Encourages, assists and provides for patient intake of prescribed fluids and nutrition and for elimination needs. Under direction of the RN, provides equipment, physical and emotional support(s) to augment decreased functional abilities. Provides interventions and monitors patients' for comfort level and non-verbal signs of pain. Maintains professional boundaries with patients, families, and employees. Behavior as a role model is transparent and above reproach. Considers physical, emotional, social and age-specific factors when contributing to plans of care developed for patients by professional nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Work Schedule: M-F 7:30am- 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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