The Nurse follows procedures based on education, knowledge, skill, and experience to help individuals, families, and groups maintain or achieve health and prevent disease.
Works under the direct supervision of the head nurse (charge nurse) and in collaboration with physicians, other nurses, nurse assistants, and other health care workers.
A bachelor of science degree in nursing is required, as is current state Registered Nurse (RN) licensing. Continuing education in the nursing field is essential. Must have excellent communications skills and the ability to work well with patients and their families, as well as other health care professionals.
Ability to communicate orally with patients, management and other co-workers is crucial. Regular use of the telephone is important. Standing, walking or sitting for extended periods are common. Hearing and vision within normal ranges is helpful for normal conversations, to receive ordinary information and to prepare or inspect documents.
Some heavy lifting is expected. Exertion of up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally may be required to turn or move patients. Must have good manual dexterity for the use of common office and most medical equipment (e.g., computers, heart monitors, blood pressure machines, catheters, needles, cannulas).
Good reasoning ability is required to solve a wide range of medical and emergency problems. Able to apply algebra and other analytics as required. Able to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses. Able to understand and utilize management reports, medical charts and other documents to conduct business. Ability to work rotating shifts.
The job is performed indoors in a traditional medical office or hospital setting. Exposure to loud noises, unpleasant odors, and liquids, as well as potentially dangerous materials and situations that require the exercise of extensive safety precautions, is common. Protective safety equipment (e.g., clothing, shoes, gloves, masks, safety goggles) is commonly needed. Activities include extended periods of standing, walking or sitting and extensive work with measuring devices and medical machinery.