RN Intermediate Step-Down Unit
Company: Baylor Scott & White Health
Posted on: November 23, 2021
The Registered Nurse (RN) is a licensed professional who uses the
BSWH nursing professional practice model to coordinate patient care
delivery by the health care team. Using the nursing process, the RN
assesses the patient, identifies nursing diagnoses based on
responses to health problems, develops and implements an
individualized plan of care, and evaluates the patient's response.
The RN promotes safe passage for their patients by using knowledge
of patient needs and the healthcare environment to assist patients
to transition through the healthcare encounter without any
preventable complications or delays. The RN delegates interventions
to health care personnel based on the Texas Nursing Practice Act,
each patient's condition and the competencies of the employee.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Clinical Judgment: Using clinical reasoning, conducts accurate
clinical assessments according to practice standards. Identifies
and prioritizes patient and family needs. Develops, implements and
evaluates the nursing plan of care. Modifies plan to meet clinical
Clinical Inquiry: Systematically evaluates the quality and
effectiveness of nursing practice, including, but not limited to,
nursing sensitive indicators. Supports evidence-based practice
changes through research utilization and experiential learning.
Participates in quality/performance improvement initiatives.
Caring Practices: Creates a compassionate, supportive, safe and
therapeutic environment for patients, families and staff. Develops
therapeutic relationships with patient and family and maintains
appropriate boundaries. Manages both emotional and physical pain
with the aim of promoting comfort and healing and preventing
Response to Diversity: Recognizes, appreciates and incorporates a
patient's and family's unique differences, such as culture,
spiritual beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyle,
socioeconomic status, age, and values, into an individualized plan
Advocacy and Moral Agency: Preserves and protects the
confidentiality, autonomy, dignity and rights of patient and family
and represents their concerns. Creates an individualized plan that
accurately reflects patient and family values and goals. Identifies
and helps resolve ethical and clinical concerns.
Facilitation of Learning: Facilitates learning for patients and
families, nursing staff, other members of the health care team and
community; integrating appropriate education throughout the
continuum of care to help them participate and/or make informed
decisions about their health care and treatments, including health
promotion and disease prevention. Assesses and documents learning
needs and outcomes.
Collaboration: Works collaboratively and interdependently with
colleagues and community to develop and implement an integrated
plan of care. Open and sensitive to all team members' unique
contributions. Delegates tasks and care to appropriate staff and
ensures timely follow-up.
Systems Thinking: Uses strategies and available resources for
problem-solving for patients, family and staff. Recognizes that
resources are limited and considers factors related to safety,
effectiveness and efficiency in planning and delivering patient
Professionalism: Improves nursing practice and the work environment
through participating in shared governance and decision-making
processes and meaningfully recognizing the contributions of others.
Participates in the staffing process from education and planning to
evaluation. Identifies personal goals and commits to ongoing
professional growth through continuing education, networking with
professional colleagues, membership and involvement in professional
nursing organizations, self-study, professional reading,
certification and seeking advanced degrees. Contributes to the
professional development of peers, colleagues and others.
Demonstrates commitment to community service.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Knowledge and understanding of nursing and patient care standards
Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations; standards and guidelines
of certifying and accrediting bodies; hospital and department/unit
standards, protocols, policies and procedures governing the
provision of nursing care applicable to the area of assignment.
Knowledge of medical terminology; principles and practices of
health promotion, risk reduction, illness and disease prevention
and management; medications and drugs, common dosages, their
physical and physiological effects, and possible adverse
Knowledge of medical and professional nursing ethics and patient
Must be able to communicate thoughts clearly, both verbally and in
Interpersonal skills to interact with a wide-range of
Must have critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ability to observe changes in the medical condition of patients and
effectively communicate these changes to other nursing staff
members and physicians/providers.
Ability to provide age-specific, quality, patient-centered care to
all patients through the nursing process and standards of nursing
practice with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human
experience and to develop, evaluate, implement and, as necessary,
modify a patient care plan to meet the needs of individual
General computer skills, including but not limited to: Microsoft
Office, information security, scheduling and payroll systems,
electronic medical documentation, and email.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following
Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits
401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5%
PTO accrual beginning Day 1
Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
EDUCATION - Grad of an Accredited Program
MAJOR - Nursing
EXPERIENCE - 2 Years of Experience
CERTIFICATION/LICENSE/REGISTRATION: Registered Nurse (RN)
Basic Life Support (BLS): BLS or BLS within 30 days of hire or
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