PERFORMANCE AND COMPETENCY BASED JOB DESCRIPTION
Sherrill House has established an improved system for assessing and enhancing employee competency and performance. The desired outcome of the program is to improve the quality of life for our residents through the efforts of a competent team of satisfied employees who maximize their potential and are provided with opportunities for continued personal and professional growth.
This job description is based on the goal of providing or supporting the highest level of quality care and is used for the following:
- as a tool to review the skills and requirements of the position with potential employees and newly hired employees
- as a guide for assessing the competency and performance of newly hired employees within the first 90 days of their employment.
- as a guide for measuring competency and performance on an annual basis.
II. TEAM WORK AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
Teamwork and customer service is emphasized in every job description, as our success in providing the highest quality of resident care is dependent upon our ability to work as a team in providing excellent and consistent customer service for our residents, family members, visitors and each other.
We value the efforts of each employee, as our staff is not only our greatest resource but the number one factor in determining our success as an organization. Every employee at every level of the organization is essential to our number one priority of providing quality resident care, therefore employees at all levels of the organization are required to assist in meeting the needs of our resident population.
III. JOB TITLE Staff Nurse
IV. DEPARTMENT Nursing Services
V. REPORTS TO Resident Care Manager/Supervisor/Charge Nurse
VI. POSITION SUMMARY
Provides nursing care for residents on the assigned unit following established Sherrill House procedures and acceptable nursing care practices.
VII. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
· Collects data about the health status of residents with consideration of their physical, psychological, and social needs.
· Applies knowledge of normal aging including age-related changes, and changes with illness and accidents.
· Completes written assessments, identifying resident problems and assessing mental status.
· Identifies changes in resident status and initiates appropriate protocols.
· Identifies and assesses emotional needs of residents.
· Assesses the environment of the unit to accommodate sensory needs of residents.
· Validates and supervises collection of data for MDS.
· Initiates plans of care based on identified resident problems, strengths, and individualized goals.
· Consults with physicians, nurse practitioners, resident care manager, charge nurse and supervisors concerning changes in status.
· Updates plan of care as necessary based on continued assessment of the resident.
· Develops plans of care to promote independence and maximum functioning.
· Participates in Interdisciplinary Team Conferences.
· Supervises other team member with the development of plans of care.
· Prioritizes and organizes the delivery of resident care.
· Provides direct care to residents.
· Follows established policies and procedures of Nursing Services to ensure safe and uniform nursing practice.
· Documents nursing care using the SOAP format.
· Respects the privacy and dignity of residents.
· Communicates information to other disciplines and staff on the unit.
· Teaches residents about health related issues.
· Fosters resident decision-making.
· Uses positive verbal and non-verbal communication skills with residents.
· Evaluates effectiveness of interventions to achieve individual goals.
· Documents resident's progress in the monthly summary notes.
· Documents changes in status according to established protocols.
· Assumes responsibility for delegating resident care based on skills of staff members.
· Supports the philosophy, objectives and goals of Nursing Services and Sherrill House.
· Acts as a resource person to nursing staff for resident care, orientation and ongoing development of staff.
· Supervises nursing care of other nursing personnel on the unit.
· Promotes good working relationships among staff and between disciplines.
· Oversees the environment of the unit to promote resident comfort and safety.
· Assumes other responsibilities as delegated by the Nurse Manager or Nursing Supervisor.
· Provides leadership in problem-solving clinical and unit issues.
· Contributes suggestions for ways to improve quality of life for residents.
· Provides clinical leadership in emergency situations.
· Establishes positive relationships with families, and encourages the involvement of families and visitors.
· Identifies learning needs.
· Participates in continuing education.
· Attends scheduled meetings.
Meets Condition of Employment
· Conforms to standards stated in the Code of Conduct.
· Meets health requirements.
· Complies with OSHA guidelines by using personal protective equipment, practicing Universal Precautions, and following established workplace practices to ensure safety of self and others.
VIII. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Work in a collaborative effort with fellow employees within the department and with employees in other departments
· Consistently show respect for every person and every position at Sherrill House.
· Consistently communicate important information to others in a proper, timely and professional manner.
· Show respect for fellow employees by following the schedule, reporting on time for work assignments, and assisting with coverage of needed hours.
· Assist "Environment of Care" staff in making Sherrill House the best possible environment for residents to live in.
· Demonstrate an understanding that employees at all levels have a "caregiver role"
· Consistently display a cooperative spirit and work as a member of the team to provide our residents with the best possible care at all times.
· Assist with resident transport and other resident care needs as required.
· Demonstrate an understanding that as employees our primary focus must be on our residents and they must be at the center of all that we do.
· Provide quality customer service to residents, visitors and fellow employees on a consistent basis.
· Demonstrate an understanding that our resident’s live at Sherrill house, and as employees, our goal must be to consistently meet or exceed their expectations.
· Respect residents by recognizing their presence and not speaking over or around them.
· Listen attentively to residents and respond to resident request in a timely and respectful manner.
· Value residents as individuals, and respects that the resident has a routine which is important to them.
· Consistently practice congeniality and common courtesy.
· Consistently treat residents with dignity and respect.
· Be consistently courteous and patient when dealing with residents and resident family members.
· Consistently conduct yourself in a professional manner
· Respect confidentiality and conduct conversations in appropriate locations.
· Respect residents and fellow employees by speaking only the English language unless communicating with a resident whom does not speak English.
· Attend required safety training and in-service education training sessions as required.
· Identify and immediately report all safety issues.
· When necessary, takes immediate actions to prevent injuries or risk.
· Consistently display "safe" work practices.
· Demonstrate an understanding of the Safety Management Plan and other safety related Environment of Care programs.
IX. ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIRED COMPETENCIES
To perform this job, an individual must possess the skills and experience required to perform each of the primary responsibilities listed in the job description.
The requirements listed below are representative of the required skills, knowledge and experience. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions:
· Authorization by Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing to practice as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
· Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
· Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
· Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
· Must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations, and guidelines that pertain to long-term care.
· Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., that are necessary for providing quality care.
· Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
· Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.
· Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
Educational Requirements: Licensed as a Registered Nurse or licensed Practical nurse
Experience: Two years clinical experience and a degree of knowledge and competency within the field of gerontological nursing.
Computer Skills: Ability to utilize a management information system for the purposes of collecting and analyzing data, maintaining files, providing summary reports and communicating relevant information to department managers, administrative staff and the governing board.
X. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
· Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday.
· Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
· Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetic s that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
· Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which include a medical and physical examination.
· Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
· May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
· Works in office area(s) as well as throughout the nursing service area
· Moves intermittently during working hours.
· Is subject to frequent interruptions.
· Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
· Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
· Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
· Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions
· Is involved in community/civic health matters/projects as appropriate.
· Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
· Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, and other air contaminants.
· Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
· May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.