• - Med/Surg
  • Covington, LA, USA
  • PRN


Provides direct and indirect patient care on the Med/Surg unit. Communicates with Physicians/Nurse Manager/co-workers, as appropriate about changes in patient's clinical condition, including results of diagnostic studies and symptomology. Able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment. Able to perform general nursing duties in all departments with adequate supervision. Participates in performance improvement and CQI activities. May also function in the role of Charge Nurse under the supervision of the Director of Inpatient Services. Communicates on behalf of the patient (patient advocate); care provided reflects the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, as well as the focus statement the department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitors and supervises patient care, including diet and physical activities. Communicates appropriately and clearly to departmental charge nurse or outpatient director, co-workers, and physicians.
  • Prepare patients for and assists with examinations or treatments or procedures to assist physicians.
  • Performs a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy.  Able to interpret data about the patient's status in order to identify the care needed.
  • Adequately assess and reassess pain.  Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques.  Educates the patient and families regarding pain management.
  • Perform waived testing (point-of-care testing), interpret results and take appropriate actions per Clinical Laboratory's and the patient care unit's policies and procedures.             
  • Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts, knowledge of diseases/surgical conditions, care required and good judgment. Identifies physical symptoms and changes, reports changes to surgeon/anesthesiologist, and initiates appropriate actions.
  • Knowledge of medications and IV fluids and their correct administration, based on age of the patient and the patient's clinical condition. Administers medications safely using the five medication rights and reduces the potential for medical errors.
  • Knowledge in maintenance and care of central / PICC line.
  • Knowledge of cardiac monitoring and can identify dysrhythmias, notifies physician of changes, treat appropriately based of facility protocol.            
  • Able to perform the techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation accurately and effectively.
  • Performs patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Ability to formulate an individualized plan of care, modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness. Involves patient/family in plan of care. 
  • Keeps abreast of changing techniques in nursing and maintains a high level of expertise in patient care.
  • Ability to assist physicians with procedures.
  • Ability to be flexible, organized, and function under stressful situations.
  • Assists in emergency nursing procedures necessary for prompt control of changes in patient's physical condition.
  • Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity, maintains an environment that provides the patient and family feelings of safety and security, practices good guest relations.
  • Maintains a good working relationship and effective communication both within the department and with other departments for the benefit of the patient. Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach of meeting patient needs.
  • Ensures completion of documentation, including but not limited to, H/P, consents, handoff communications tool, medication administration, pre-anesthetic questionnaire, medication reconciliation form, and allergies.
  • Practices economical use of equipment and supplies, informs proper authority of discrepancies.              
  • Provides education to staff on performance improvement. Ability to provide in-service training for unit staff members, participates in guidance and educational program.

Regulatory Requirements

  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing
  • Current state Registered Nurse Licensure, within state of practice
  • Current BCLS and ACLS certification
  • PALS certification recommended


  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Basic computer knowledge.

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