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Registered Nurse (RN) III

Job Ref: 27798

Talent Area: RN - Med/Surg

Location:
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Baytown, TX 77521

Area/Department: Nursing Unit-2 West

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: 7AM - 7PM

Work Week

three - 12 hour shifts; rotating weekends and holidays



Company Profile

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.


Job Summary

The RN III is a staff nurse, who as an advanced clinician functions at the Proficient level according to Benner’s model of clinical practice. The RN III provides direct patient care and is considered an expert in a specialty. The RN III assists in coaching and mentoring department staff in areas of clinical and professional practice.

The RN III assumes leadership responsibilities with high level contributions at the bedside, unit, service line, and across the institution. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to leading unit and shared governance activities, serving as charge nurse, assessing unit needs related to practice and improvement opportunities, coordinating unit education and serving as a clinical resource for both unit and hospital staff.

Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital’s Pillars of Excellence:

People (providing direction and plans, leading and managing people, ICARE values)

Service (patient/customer satisfaction, interpersonal effectiveness)

Quality and Safety (making judgments and decisions)

Finance (driving for performance excellence)

Innovation and Growth (leading improvement and innovation, role-specific expertise)

PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED

Varies. Defined for each clinical area using the eight stages in the Population Specific Competencies for Healthcare Providers program.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. LEADERSHIP

a. Provides care as the staff nurse leader to complex patients and leads the interdisciplinary team in implementing plan of care. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

b. Identifies, presents, and leads areas for improvement in patient care or unit operations and works in collaboration with teams to provide solutions

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by participating in unit projects and shared governance activities. (Growth/Innovation) (EF)

c. Identifies leadership opportunities for professional growth of unit staff, provides coaching to meet identified goals. (People) (EF)

d. Contributes to oversight of staffing and patient care resources; participates in decisions impacting operational and capital needs. (Finance) (EF)

e. Contributes to meeting departmental financial target on unit-based scorecard. (Finance) (EF)

2. PATIENT/FAMILY-CENTERED CARE

a. Develops and updates plan of care in partnership with the patient and family; mentors others regarding specialty populations; audits plan of care. (Service) (EF)

b. Develops informational/educational resources and programs. (Service) (EF)

c. Advocates for patients and families in preventing/resolving clinical or ethical issues; develops supportive unit practices and guidelines. (Service) (EF)

d. Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard. (Service) (EF)

3. CLINICAL JUDGEMENT/CRITICAL THINKING

a. Demonstrates highly developed assessment, clinical, documentation, and analytical skills; integrates and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

b. Plans for routine events and anticipates/prevents and resolves emergent situations. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

c. Contributes to meeting departmental targets for quality and safety measures on unit-based scorecard. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

4. COMMUNICATION

a. Communicates in an active, positive and effective manner to all health care team members; mentors other staff in effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication. (People) (EF)

b. Ensures that self and other staff members promote effective and efficient communication with patients and families, using a structured format such as hourly rounding. Acts as a mentor and role model to staff members regarding effective communication. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

c. Performs as a role model and mentors other staff/team members in developing therapeutic relationships with patients and families. (Service)

5. TEAMWORK

a. Manages assignment of complex patients and other unit demands. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

b. Supportive of change initiatives. Adapts to unexpected changes. Acts as effective change agent. (Growth/Innovation) (EF)

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c. Anticipates needs of other team members; proactively offers assistance. (People) (EF)

6. SAFETY

a. Reports "near misses" as well as errors promptly and consistently to improve systems and processes and identify trends. Role models situational awareness, using teachable moments to improve safety. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

b. Recommends and leads improvements in patient safety-related processes at unit or service line level. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

c. Audits adherence to unit and hospital initiatives such as National Patient Safety Goals. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

7. EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE/RESEARCH

a. Reads and leads critique of evidence-based practice literature in nursing and related disciplines. (Innovation/Growth) (EF)

b. Identifies opportunity for practice changes. Researches the change and presents solutions to shared governance and leadership. Leads the change and performance improvement initiative. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

c. Contributes to development of service line and hospital standards and guidelines; implements and monitors service line initiatives that improve designated core measure compliance. (Quality/Safety) (EF)

8. STAFF EDUCATION

a. Expands own nursing knowledge and serves as instructor in continuing education or formal program and expert consultation; coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes. (Growth/Innovation) (EF)

b. Mentors students, provides oversight for student/new employee preceptorships. (People) (EF)

9. PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS

a. Maintains level of professional contributions as defined in Clinical Career Path program guide. (EF)

10. Demonstrates the components of the ICARE values statement.

11. Demonstrates SERVICE PRIDE standards.

12. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor hazards.

13. Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing

Bachelor’s degree required

10 CEU’s annually (5 within specialty)

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

At least 3 years’ experience required, with one year in specialty

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

Registered nurse with current Texas license

Current BLS Certification Required for all nurses

(Must be American Heart Association BCLS "Healthcare Provider")

Other certifications as required by unit/service

Magnet Recognized Certification in applicable clinical specialty

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

Must be able to perform skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable.

Basic computer skills

Must be able to write and speak effectively in English

Competencies, skills, training as listed in Policy NU-903, "Competence of Nursing Staff" and HR 07 "Competency Assessment"

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

See attached Activity Checklist

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Varies


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