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RN I, Registered Nurse I - Residency Program

Company: CHRISTUS Health
Location: Sulphur Springs
Posted on: May 12, 2024

Job Description:


Responsible for patient assessment, patient care planning, and provision of quality nursing care to an assigned group of patients for a defined work period. Provides direction and supervision to LVN/LPNs, nursing assistants, unit secretaries, and other clinical/clerical associates. By assignment, may function as a charge nurse for the unit. Involves provision of patient care/service to older adolescents, young adults, adults, geriatric and pediatric patients.


Patient Care Planning
Develops a comprehensive nursing care plan which addresses all significant needs and problems identified through nursing assessment.
Prepares nursing elements of the interdisciplinary care plan prior to the initial team conference.
Reviews and updates nursing care plan and collaborates with team members as changes occur.
Patient Care Provision
Implements patient care as planned in nursing care plan and interdisciplinary care plan.
Sets priorities based on knowledge of patient acuity and patient needs.
Provides safe and therapeutic care and seeks resources when appropriate.
Safely performs and accurately documents procedures, consistent with established nursing policy and procedure.
Patient Care Evaluation
Evaluates patient response to interventions and attainment of goals in collaboration with interdisciplinary team.
Evaluates progress toward nursing goals and revises goals as needed on a weekly basis.
Completes nursing progress note for assigned patients on a daily basis.
Completes nursing flow sheets for assigned patients on a daily basis.
Evaluates education needs of patient and significant others and documents their response to teaching.
Utilizes, adapts, and revises teaching resources to meet patient education needs.
Explains procedures, tests, and disease process to patients and families as needed.
Acts as role model for health care students and other team members.
Acts as preceptor to assigned orientees.
Assists in the orientation of new staff by sharing knowledge and experience.
Patient Care Communication
Reports and documents accurately and concisely to appropriate persons the patient's condition.
Maintains patient confidentiality.
Applies basic verbal and nonverbal skills to maintain open, effective communication among care team members, patients, and significant others.
Encourages direct discussion between staff members when differences occur and seeks assistance to arbitrate differences as needed.
Gives and accepts constructive feedback appropriately.
Identifies actual and potentially unsafe patient care practices, reports them in the designated manner, and suggests alternatives.

Standard I: Utilizes the Nursing Process

Uses critical thinking skills to assess the basic physical, psychosocial, social, cultural,
Spiritual, and development needs of patient and families
Communicates findings to appropriate healthcare team members
Develops and uses a specific plan of care and modifies it to meet individual patient
needs using evidence-based practice. Implements patient care and therapeutic
procedures; monitors and documents progression of treatment and teaching goals
Evaluates the care and treatment(s) provided to the patient and the patient response to
the care and treatment(s). Performs timely reassessment and documentation
Must be able to perform unit specific competencies based on the specific patient care need for designated unit's patient population

Standard II. Patient Throughput & Patient Flow Process

Anticipates and plans for admission/discharge/transfer needs to facilitate patient flow
Utilizes appropriate systems of communication and tools to facilitate the discharge process
Coaches on tools and techniques for checking, cross checking and validating orders to ensure accuracy.

Standard III. Unit Operations

Plans, directs, and evaluates the overall nursing care and functions in a particular nursing unit during an assigned shift
Demonstrates good stewardship in proper use and maintenance of equipment and Supplies
Assesses departmental staffing needs; actively participates in resourcing efforts.
Educates and trains others on the operations, ethics, and regulations within the industry.

Standard IV. Safe Practice/Quality Care/Regulations

Incorporates patient safety practices/guidelines to promote a safe environment resulting in positive patient outcomes
Demonstrates accountability for nursing research and quality improvement activities
Provides evidence-based nursing care
Communicates patient information effectively across the continuum of care
Educates and trains others on the operations, ethics, and regulations within the industry.
Knowledge of federal, state and local healthcare related laws and regulations; ability to comply with these in healthcare practices and activities.

Clinical Policies and Standards

Follows a specific set of standards and associated clinical procedures
Analyzes policy and standards documentation and ensures organizational compliance
Provides feedback for improvement of procedures
Assists in the development and implementation of specific procedures
Works with control and monitoring mechanisms, tools and techniques

Health Information Documentation

Shares experiences with maintaining paper and electronic patient documentation
Walk through the steps and procedures for receiving, validating and updating patient records
Describes the flow of information between various stations or units
Discusses the functions, features and document flow of electronic documentation
Transcribes verbal orders; explains techniques for ensuring their accuracy
Explains health information documentation best practices and their rationale across health care practices.

Medical Equipment

Describes experience with basic medical equipment used in own unit or facility
Uses standard diagnostic tools and techniques to resolves common equipment problems
Educates patients about the appropriate use of home medical equipment
Ensures that all equipment and related supplies are in proper working order prior to use to ensure patient safety
Inspects, troubleshoots and evaluates incoming equipment

Medical Order Processing

Shares experiences with processing medical orders for one or more groups of patients or conditions
Describes functions and features of the system used to enter, validate, update and forward medical orders
Discusses common errors, their sources and procedures for correcting
Explains considerations for entering and following standing orders
Differentiates between standing orders and preprinted orders and considerations for each

Patient Chart Reading and Interpretation

Describes experiences in reading and interpreting patient charts for patients on unit and under own care
Reviews patients' charts for completion and accuracy; identifies and alerts to mistakes or omissions
Recognizes unexpected readings and alerts nursing or medical staff
Relates examples of mis-readings or misinterpretations and lessons learned
Reviews, discusses and validates own interpretation with others

Patient Safety

Shares experiences with ensuring safety for one or more patient groups or settings
Explains key features of safety guidelines and procedures for those groups and settings
Listens and responds to safety inquiries from patients and family members
Recognizes and addresses physiological and psychological signs of problems
Describes considerations for patients who can cause to harm to self, versus harm to others
Utilizes appropriate systems to document misses and near misses, participates in immediate investigating, analysis and reporting in real time


Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, preferred.
Six months to a year of experience as a licensed RN or holder of an active GN permit.
BLS within 2 weeks of hire
RN License in state of employment or compact
Graduate Nurse Permit
Associates with an unsuccessful licensure application or on the 75th day following the effective date of the temporary permit; will be transferred to another position within CHRISTUS Health.

Work Type:

Full Time

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Keywords: CHRISTUS Health, Wylie , RN I, Registered Nurse I - Residency Program, Healthcare , Sulphur Springs, Texas

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