The Nurse Extern is qualified to attend to the needs of the Patient area, performing duties as indicated by the responsibilities outlined in this job description under the direct supervision of the unit charge person. The Nurse Extern is trained in the delivery of age appropriate care by hospital policy. He or she performs assigned tasks in accordance with the hospital's philosophy, values, standards, policies and procedures.
ASSISTS NURSING IN CARRYING OUT THE NURSING PLAN OF CARE.
Vital signs are completed and reported to nursing within 1 hour of scheduled time.
I/O's are collected and reported to nursing 30 minutes prior to end of shift.
All assigned baths are completed within the shift assigned.
Notifies nurse of any significant changes in patient condition promptly.
Ambulates and assists patient with ADLs within assigned time frame.
Monitors for signs of skin breakdown and communicates to nursing staff when indicated.
Obtain and record patient weight and height as indicated.
Keep patient bed low, locked and side rails up when patient is in bed.
Check patient food trays for accuracy. Prepare patient's environment for eating. Assists the patient in preparation to eat their meal, ie. Sitting up in bed or chair, washing the patient's hands, cleaning the bedside table. Reports patient's intake to nurse. Assists patient with feeding as necessary.
HELPS TO PROMOTE STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT OF CARE.
Returns all equipment to SPD ASAP and at least by the end of the shift.
Assist with the monitoring of refrigerator / freezer logs.
Cleans refrigerator, microwave and other areas when indicated.
Maintains the integrity of the PYXIS Machine and inventory through pushing the "take" button.
Is respectful of linen supplies and mindful of appropriate usage of pads, etc.
Protects the environment of the patient care area as well as the hospital campus from vandalism and litter.
Consistently uses appropriate "scripting" as instructed when communicating with patients and their families.
Models service excellence in caring for patients providing "above and beyond" service consistently exceeding patients and families expectations.
Strives to anticipate the needs of patients and takes initiative to meet / exceed the patient's needs or wishes.
Responds to call light promptly.
Acts as a "team player" assisting co-workers regularly when time permits.
PERFORMS CLERICAL DUTIES RELATED TO PROCEDURES, AS IT RELATES TO A PATIENT CARE UNIT.
Checks food trays within 10 minutes of arrival to floor. (If appropriate for unit.)
Ensures that all charts are supplied with appropriate forms for documentation.
Relays messages to appropriate caregiver within 5-10 minutes of receiving message.
Prioritizes orders in the order entry system in a timely and accurate manner.
All reports are posted in a timely and accurate manner.
Ensures that diet/tube feeding changes are completed and credited every shift.
ASSISTS NURSING IN CARRYING OUT THE NURSING PLAN OF CARE
Assist the nurse with patient assessment rounds.
Collect and label voided urine, sputum and stool specimens.
Remove urinary catheters and cleanse catheter site.
Assist the nurse with wound care and dressing changes.
Perform glucose checks utilizing unit glucose monitors.
Perform secretarial duties such as taking off orders and answering call lights.
Document I/O's and vital signs using the computer charting system
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.