The RN performs nursing functions within the scope of practice and provides each resident with routine daily nursing care in accordance with their assessment, choices and plan of care and nurtures a person-centered culture. The RN works closely with the nursing leadership to ensure regulatory compliance. The RN promotes individual and team learning and provides teaching and role modeling of professional nursing practices to staff for quality clinical care.
The RN upholds the philosophy, vision, and core values of the organization and ensures the Christian Mission of Lutheran Senior Services is realized so that "Older Adults Live Life to the Fullest".
Scope of Practice
RN - Practice within the scope of licensure and in accordance with the state Nurse Practice Act and state and federal licensure rules and regulations for the level of care in which they practice. Practice in accordance with LSS clinical and administrative policies and procedures.
Ensures that the clinical operations are in compliance with federal, state and local regulations while honoring person-centered care.
Passes medication and oversees the medication administration process.
Promotes the highest level of care in terms of management of care plan practicing according to current standard of practice utilizing appropriate resources that include EMR.
Has a working knowledge and understanding of the observation/assessment and documentation process including the MDS as applicable.
Observes resident status as necessary to assure quality care and coordinates with other resident services to assure continuity of care.
Provides leadership for staff to maintain clinical policies and procedures in accordance with current standards and community policies and procedures.
Implements clinical policies and procedures which ensure safe, sanitary and efficient practices supporting professional standards of nursing care.
Maintains a safe, comfortable and functional environment by assessing potential hazards and implements practices to maintain optimum safety.
Person-Centered Care Culture and Expectations Related to the Role:
Homebuilding - willingness to take the lead role in shaping the culture by providing for the needs of the residents and enriching their lives through laughter, fun and pleasurable moments. Understands that the quality of care is enhanced by the quality of life.
Person Centered, Quality Focused - demonstrates an attitude of genuine care and concern for each resident with a desire to honor their individual preferences and individuality. Demonstrates strong commitment to quality.
Critical Thinking - recognizes early signs of changing conditions and uses all available resources to resolve needs. Very strong observational skills in regard to physical and medical conditions, coupled with the ability to discern effective response and treatment.
Team Builder - able to facilitate a sense of team connection and participation and advocate for the needs of the resident, family, staff or household.
Conflict Facilitation - able to mediate conflicts concerning nursing staff as needed.
Interpersonal Sensitivity and Communication Skills - able to communicate resident's medical needs with staff, families and physicians. Strong ability to communicate with residents, families and team members with sensitivity to the issues and difficulties faced by each group. Good listening skills.
Learning and Teaching Centered - is able to model person centered practices as well as provide direction and coaching of other medical staff.
Dementia Sensitivity - sensitivity to the particular challenges a person with dementia faces in terms of communicating their needs and preferences, as well as maintaining a sense of personhood and dignity.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to lift 30lbs, and push/pull 50lbs. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, speech clarity, speech recognition, written expression, and requires sensory abilities.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.
A well lighted and ventilated working area that has its own temperature control system (air conditioning and heat).
Is subject to emotionally upset residents, or family members.
Is willing to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary.
Is subject to exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.
Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including exposure to the AIDS and Hepatitis B virus within guidelines of standard precautions.
Appropriate ergonomic and personal safety equipment is provided as needed.
Essential Functions Testing (EFT) required.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and standards.