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Nurse Extern

Company: Mercy Health
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: June 26, 2022

Job Description:

Employment Type:Part timeShift:Description:Summary:This position is designed for student nurses who have successfully completed two semesters of nursing school. Under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse, the Nurse Extern participates in patient care as delegated by the RN. Primary responsibilities may include technical, multi-skilled direct and indirect patient care activities. The Nurse Extern may not dispense medications by any means/route and will maintain effective communication with the RN in all matters pertaining to patient care. It is recognized that specific patient care tasks may vary widely in type and frequency from unit to unit or across service lines, based on the nature of the patient population being served. Therefore, individual units, or service lines, may appropriately add to or delete from the duties as approved by nursing administration.Qualifications:Education
Minimum High School graduate. Currently enrolled, and in good standing, in an accredited school of nursing. Has successfully completed two semesters of nursing school.
Preferred Additional requirements of course work dependent on area of assignment
Credentials/Licensure
Minimum: BCLS - Basic Cardiac Life Support
Related Experience
Preferred: EMT, Paramedic, Nurse aide or CENA experience in a health care setting; acute care experience preferred
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Minimum Good observational skills; mathematical ability to perform calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division etc.; ability to perform routine clerical functions such as answering telephones, taking messages and basic retrieval of computerized information. Good reading, writing and comprehension skills in order to understand, effectively communicate and contribute to procedures, processes, orders, methods and standards. Visual acuity and manual dexterity. A high level of interpersonal and verbal skill and teamwork commitment in order to effectively function as a team member in support of all services delivered on the patient unit and to effectively communicate with patients, their families and other hospital personnel to address customer needs. Ability to adapt to new technologies used in the work environment.
Preferred Ability to work productively and effectively within a complex environment, handle multiple/changing priorities and deal with stresses associated with a patient care environment such as emergencies, time pressures, varying patient emotions/attitudes/conditions, etc. Demonstrates willingness to make a meaningful contribution to the work environment as evidenced through behavior and attitude.Essential Functions:Collaborates with members of the health care team to ensure consistency and high-quality patient care and promotes productive
employee relations among staff members.

  • Assists the registered nurse by observing and reporting on patient conditions, recording/charting patient information andinteracting with patient and family members. Reports changes in patient medical and/or emotional condition to the registered nurse.
    Documents interventions and patient responses accurately, completely and timely (real time as per policy). Assists nursing personnel
    in responding to various emergency patient situations.
    • Performs a variety of basic patient care activities under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse which may include, but are notlimited to:
      o Maintenance functional activities
      o Dressing changes
      o ECG
      o Maintenance of enteral tubes
      o Suctioning
      o Blood glucose monitoring
      o Assisting with postmortem care
      o Phlebotomy
      o Initiation of peripheral IV lines and urinary catheterization
      o Monitoring and managing patient safety
      • Follows all departmental policies, procedures and objectives; continuous improvement initiatives; safety environmental andinfection control standards.
        • Demonstrates sensitivity to patient comfort, privacy and confidentiality; expresses interest in patient progress. Providesinformation, answers questions from patients and their families and explains procedures and processes within the scope of their
          training/abilities. Maintains confidentiality.
          • Performs various support service duties as required to meet unit and patient care needs.
          • Enhances personal growth through participation in workshops, educational programs, in-service meetings and reviewing currentliterature. Shares joint accountability (with the institution) for maintaining competencies.
            • Performs other duties as assigned.Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
              Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

Keywords: Mercy Health, Grand Rapids , Nurse Extern, Healthcare , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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