The Staff Nurse is an experienced professional who administers skilled nursing care to the patients on an intermittent basis in the home, hospital, nursing home or other settings. He/She independently asses plans and delivers this care in accordance with the physician’s orders.
Performs duties with latitude for exercise of independent judgment under general supervision. Performs work of moderate difficulty and responsibility, requiring considerable professional, scientific or technical training and experience. Position requires a good aptitude for independent work.
Minimum Position Specifications:
Education and Experience:
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and licensed in the State of Florida. One year of experience as a professional nurse in a hospital setting. Exposure/experience in home health preferred but not mandatory for private duty assignments.
Supervises a small group
Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
Physical effort involving above-average standing, sitting, walking, detail work and driving. Frequent exposure to hazards which could be harmful.
- Assesses patient’s physical functions and psychosocial needs upon admission to the home care programs.
- Coordinates home care nursing with other members of the health care team.
- Sets priorities of patient’s needs and provides care accordingly.
- Identifies patient problems, symptoms and behavioral changes.
- Develops a nursing care plan that integrates the medical plan of care, nursing diagnosis, realistic goals and established discharge criteria.
- Updates care plan as needed and as patient’s condition changes.
- Documents the patient’s condition accurately and concisely, using correct charting format: notifies the physician of condition changes.
- Teaches, supervises and counsels the patient and family members regarding the nursing care needs and other related problems.
- Carries out physician’s orders in accordance with the agency policies.
- Assesses patient and family about disease processing in accordance with their degree of acceptance.
- Teaches the patient and family about disease processing in accordance with their degree of acceptance.
- Supervises and evaluates the performance of the Home Health Aide as needed: at least every sixty days: documents accordingly (Case Manager).
- Practices nursing within the legal limits of the Nurse Practice Act and understands and anticipates legal consequences of nursing action.
- Maintains current knowledge in nursing procedures.
- Seeks educational opportunities to increase clinical competency.
- Insures privacy for the patient and confidentiality of condition and personal information.
- Participates in care conferences, staff meetings and committees.
- Participates in teaching and orientation of all personnel.
- Cooperates and acts as liaison with other agencies providing nursing or related services to implement a comprehensive care plan.
- Participates with other Staff Nurses in taking weekend, holiday and night calls on a rotation basis as scheduled.
- Participates in the planning, operation and over-all evaluation of the nursing service.
- Initiates preventative and rehabilitative nursing procedures as appropriate for the patient’s care and safety, without infringing on the patient’s rights.
- Provides appropriate documentation of activities and interventions according to agency standards.
- Performs at times according to Code of Ethics of respective professional associations and the Florida Association of Home Health Agencies.
- The Registered Nurse may assign selected portions of patient care to Licensed Practical Nurses and Home Health Aides. In such circumstances, the Registered Nurse maintains responsibility for the care given.