The Float Pool Registered Nurse will provide nursing care to wide variety of patients within Crescent Regional Hospital. During every shift, the Float Pool RN will be a member of a nursing team that provides direct nursing care to a specific unit within the hospital. It is quite conceivable that a Float Pool RN may start their shift in one unit and then based on a change in census and acuity be transferred or moved to a different unit to meet operational requirements. However, it is possible that a Float Pool RN may spend extended periods of time in one nursing unit to help balance off long-term absences (i.e., illness, holidays, maternity leave, etc.). While working within a nursing unit the Float Pool RN acts as a patient advocate and facilitates communication between the patient, family, and other health care professionals. This will result in a holistic approach to planning, organizing, teaching, and relationship development that will best meet the needs of the patient. Based on patient census and acuity throughout Crescent Regional Hospital the incumbent may be required to provide standardized nursing care to any and/or all of the nursing units within the scope of the RN’s practice. This scope includes Medical-Surgical, Telemetry, Intensive Care, and the Emergency Department.
Demonstrates Competency in the Following Areas:
- Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care.
- Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy.
- In the ER, uses triage process to ensure timely and appropriate care to patients. Accurately assigns triage categories.
- Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.
- Ability to monitor the hemodynamic status of the patient and correctly interpret the results.
- Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring, identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately.
- Ability to perform waived testing (point-of-care testing) per Clinical Laboratory’s and the patient care unit’s policies and procedures.
- Ability to interpret the results of waived tests; takes appropriate action on waived test results.
- Maintains current knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on the age of the patient and his/her clinical condition.
- Follows the seven (7) medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.
- Prepares, administers, monitors, and discontinues IV fluids and medications.
- Maintains accurate and continued nursing documentation including patient histories, conditions, treatments, responses, and assessment of changes.
- Interacts professionally with patient and family and involves patient and family in the formation of the plan of care.
- Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates the effectiveness of learning; includes family in teaching, as appropriate.
- Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, performance improvement program, safety, environmental and infection prevention, and control standards.
- Maintains a safe, comfortable, and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with hospital standards.
- Assists in cost containment through the appropriate ordering and conserving of supplies and equipment.
- Cooperates with other staff to achieve departmental objectives; maintains good employee relations and interdepartmental objectives.
- Responds promptly to changes in workload, adjusting assignments as necessary to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
- Provides resource information to other staff.
- Participates in problem-solving with other healthcare team members related to the management of clinical care area.
- Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops; shows responsibility for own professional practice and ongoing education.
- Works at maintaining a good rapport and a cooperative working relationship with physicians, health plans, and staff.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested
- Completes annual education requirements.
- Maintains regulatory requirements.
- Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
- Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
- Complies with all organizational policies regarding ethical business practices.