Website Choctaw Regional Medical Center
Registered Nurse – Hospital
Title Reporting To:
Director of Nursing
Director of Nursing
The Registered Nurse renders highly professional and technical nursing care to assigned patients. Provides direct and indirect patient care using the nursing process. Directs and supervises other assigned team members and collaborates with physicians and multi-disciplinary team members to achieve the highest standards of care specific to the age of the patient. Provides patient care/services for all stages of the lifespan including pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatrics.
I. Practices in accordance with hospital philosophy; Nursing Department’s philosophy, goals, and standards of care; State Board of Nursing; State Nursing Practice Act and other regulatory agencies.
II. Enhances continuity of care by meeting assigned patients’ physical and psychosocial needs through utilization of the nursing process.
III. Ensures a secure and safe patient environment by practicing in accordance with organization and specific unit-specific, procedures, and standards of care.
IV. Establishes a caring, humanitarian environment by providing emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual support to patients and their significant others.
V. Promotes a patient’s well-being, maximal independence, and ability to make informed decisions by teaching, counseling, reinforcing patient/significant others’ knowledge and understanding of disease entity, medications, and self care skills.
VI. Ensures quality patient care is delivered by assuming accountability and responsibility for delivery of care.
VII. Promotes a cooperative working environment by utilizing communication skills, interpersonal relationships, and team building concepts.
VIII. Participates in cost containment activities.
IX. Records the Nursing process.
X. Maintains job-specific competency which addresses effective, safe use of equipment, infection control, disaster training, emergency life-saving procedures (CPR), and patient information management.
XI. Provides age/developmentally appropriate patient care in accordance with Age-Specific Care Guidelines of the specific age groups served.
XII. Serves in the coordinating role of charge nurse as outlined in the “Charge Nurse Guidelines” when fully oriented and deemed competent to do so.
XIII. Serves in the coordinating role of the MDS Coordinator as outlined in the “MDS Coordinators Guidelines”.
This Job Description is an overall statement of major accountabilities and duties performed by incumbents in this position. The incumbent may be requested to perform other position-related duties other than those described in this description.
Major Work Activities:
I.1 Demonstrates commitment to hospital and nursing division’s philosophy, goals, and standards of care.
I.2. Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility to changing situations.
I.3 Demonstrates leadership skills through problem solving abilities and adherence to standards of care.
II.1 Identifies changes and trends in patient’s status.
II.2 Individualizes the nursing plan of care in collaboration with the patient/significant other and other members of the interdisciplinary team.
II.3 Implements the interdisciplinary plan of care to improve or maintain patient’s mental and physical health.
II.4 Evaluates patient outcomes and the effectiveness of the plan of care and implements changes as indicated.
III.1 Practices safety and infection control measures and principles.
III.2 Completes treatments, medication administration, IV therapy, and equipment use following established standards.
III.3 Ensures patient comfort and hygiene measures are met to avoid infection or safety hazards.
III.4 Responds appropriately to emergency situations.
IV.1 Respects and ensures that all patient rights are protected.
IV.2 Demonstrates effective communication skills to treat patients/other with dignity and respect.
IV.3 Communicates procedural information to patient/significant others in a way that emotionally supports.
V.1 Assesses patient/family learning needs.
V.2 Plans and coordinates with other disciplines and LPN’s to meet learning needs identified.
V.3 Evaluates the effectiveness of teaching provided.
V.4 Implements measures to meet patient’s discharge needs.
Minimum Level Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing.
– None required for beginning practitioner.
– Refresher course required for nurses who have not worked in an acute setting for five years or more.
Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration:
– Current Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state.
– CPR Certification required or must be obtained within probationary period.
– ACLS preferred for charge nurse role.
– Walking and standing throughout shift.
– Lifting patients with assistance daily.
Skills and Qualifications:
– Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills).
– Ability to provide direct and indirect patient care.
Other Special Characteristics:
– May be required to work unusual or additional shift hours.
– Works under stressful conditions and in difficult situations.
– Works in a continually changing work environment.