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RN – Patient Care Unit

Aspen Valley Hospital

This is a Full-time position in Aspen Gerbaz, CO posted October 3, 2021.

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 NURSING PROCESS AND CLINICAL PRACTICE SKILLS 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 PATIENT TEACHING Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient’s learning style, readiness to learn and self care needs Evaluates the effectiveness of patient learning CARE COORDINATION 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 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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INTEGRATION 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: examples include continuing education in medical surgical nursing, orthopedic nursing, pediatric nursing, and quality improvement/patient safety. 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 LEADERSHIP Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional decision making Participates and contributes to unit meetings and activities Acts as a relief team leader when assigned VII. UNIT SPECIFIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Maintain proficiency in the care of the medical surgical patient with emphasis on orthopedic and general surgeries. Maintain competency in the care of the pediatric patient. Maintain competency in the care of the patient requiring telemetry monitoring. Ability to begin resuscitation efforts in accordance with BLS guidelines until relieved by a physician/critical care nurse. Initiates resuscitation efforts according to ACLS and PALS guidelines. Cross-train to OB and the care of the postpartum patient (or ICU when approved by director). POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA Ensures developmentally appropriate care for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. CORE VALUES 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 EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS • Associate Degree in Nursing • BSN graduate preferred • Experience 2 years acute care experience preferred LICENSE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATIONS • Current Colorado nursing license • Current BLS certification • Other Required: 1. PALS required within 1 year of hire 2. ACLS required within 1 year of hire 3. Telemetry course required within 1 year of hire 4. Certification in medical/surgical nursing, pediatric nursing or orthopedic nursing recommended KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS • Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail • Relatively high degree of analytical abilities • Strong interpersonal skills required • Ability to work independently LANGUAGE SKILLS • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English • Spanish preferred WORKING CONDITIONS • 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 Our hire-in rates of pay are based on years of relevant experience. Listed below are our hire-in rates for the position, which includes: minimum pay (no relevant experience) and mid-point (12 or more years). Minimum $34.28/hr Mid-Point $44.56/hr