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RN - Emergency Department

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: September 6, 2018

Job Description:

Provides professional nursing care in accordance with known/accepted standards of practice and AVH policy. Utilizes the Nursing Process to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care. Works in support of the medical staff treatment plan and makes recommendations for changes to medical treatment plan as appropriate. Educates patients and family around the plan of care and disease management. Actively supports the nursing philosophy by striving for excellence in patient care, professional development, interpersonal relations, time management, and continuous quality improvement.

RN ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS WEIGHT I NURSING PROCESS AND CLINICAL PRACTICE SKILLS 10% Fully competent in primary nurse role on unit; performs patient and family assessment & problem identification, plans care accordingly, implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved. Develops a problem based plan of care for every patient with appropriate nursing interventions Records pertinent clinical documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements, professional standards and hospital policy. Prioritizes patient situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner Responds to clinical needs of patients in accord with experience, nursing standards, and hospital/nursing policies and procedures. Makes value-added resource decisions for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment, and acuity of care II PATIENT TEACHING 5% Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient's learning style, readiness to learn and self care needs Evaluated the effectiveness of patient learning III CARE COORDINATION 5% Coordinates with all members of the hospital team in order to address patient care, resolve problems, and improve the delivery of multidisciplinary care on a daily basis Applies individual and group problem solving; shares knowledge with others freely, consults openly, and assists others to interpret data Uses verbal and written communication methods effectively Provides input into refinement of nursing care plans developed by others IV PATIENT SAFETY & CONFIDENTIALITY Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards Identifies and promotes new learning around changing patient safety standards of practice Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care Follows all security, confidentiality, and privacy policies V PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION 5% Develops professional goals and diversity of responsibilities within nursing practice; consistent with hospital mission and goals Demonstrates role awareness and seeks individualized/department specific continuing education that improves patient care or professional practice. Areas of focus should include but are not limited to: orthopedic trauma management including splinting, wound care, procedural sedation, trauma patient management, high altitude related illness, head injury assessment and management, pain management, stroke assessment and management, chest pain and cardiac arrest management. Participates in Annual ER Winter Workshop and AVH Skills Fair. Able to express nursing values around patient/family centered care and assists others to achieve shared understanding Active participant in quality improvement processes Identifies need to seek out additional information when needed and apply relevant findings to nursing practice VI LEADERSHIP 5% Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional decision making Participates and contributes to unit meetings and activities Acts as a relief charge nurse when assigned VII. UNIT SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 10% Clinical Skills: Demonstrates Emergency Nursing Skills in compliance with AVH policy, JCAHO, CMS, CAH Standards and National Patient Safety Goals. These skills include a professional introduction, timely triage, compassionate care, complete and accurate documentation, medication safety, appropriate and timely reassessment, a team approach to communicating patient's care and change of status, and timely communication with other departments and House Supervisor for admissions or continuum of care. Technical Skills: Demonstrates competency and knowledge of equipment and procedures commonly performed in the ED and Trauma Room. Maintains all required certifications. Departmental Responsibilities: Actively participates in department meetings with attendance of 80% or better. Completes five chart audits per month. Monitors equipment status and identifies need for repairs. Stocking and supply assessment as part of daily shifts. Reads and responds appropriately to departmental emails and postings. Maintains awareness of AVATAR patient satisfaction improvement initiatives. POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA Pass/No Pass Ensures developmentally and medically appropriate care for all patient populations and age groups. VII CORE VALUES 50%
Patient Centered:is passionate about patient care, creating positive impressions on a consistent basis and exceeding our patients' expectations. Exhibits courtesy and sensitivity to the needs of patients and their families, responds with a sense of urgency to patient problems, anticipates patient requirements, responds proactively and places the patient's safety above all else. Teamwork:works collaboratively with physicians and other staff and assists whenever possible. He/she openly shares information, provides feedback and participates in appropriate decision making as part of a team of healthcare professionals. Hospital and departmental objectives are placed ahead of individual agendas Respect for Others:actively listens to others, takes other opinions into account, and communicates openly and honestly. He/she demonstrates respect for others by being timely with communications, completion of tasks, and meeting attendance. The employee is respectful of all physicians, colleagues, patients, visitors, and other stakeholders Accountability:takes responsibility for his/her actions, abides by the hospital's guiding philosophies and policies, and follows through on commitments and physician orders. He/she provides complete and accurate information to the Physician and/or other members of the work team. takes personal pride and ownership in the quality of care and services provided to all internal and external customers Integrity:is truthful, trustworthy, and principled. He/she demonstrates character, conviction, and honest and ethical behavior in all interactions with others. The employee's word can be trusted. Behavior is consistent with these AVH Core Values



-- Associate Degree in Nursing

-- BSN graduate preferred

-- 1-2 years Emergency Nursing experience preferred


-- Current Colorado nursing license or temporary permit

-- Current BLS certification

-- Other Required:

  • ACLS Certification
  • PALS Certification or ENPC required on hire
  • TNCC within two years of hire
  • ENPC or PALS encouraged (whichever does not have upon hire)

    -- CEN encouraged


    -- Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail

    -- Relatively high degree of analytical abilities

    -- Strong interpersonal skills required

    -- Ability to work independently


    -- Ability to read and communicate effectively in English

    -- Spanish preferred


    -- Normal patient care environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust and temperature

    -- May be exposed to communicable diseases through normal or careless performance of responsibilities

    -- May be exposed to mechanical dangers associated with mechanical devices

    -- May be exposed to stressful situations

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