Registered Nurse Job Description
Registered nurses, regardless of specialty or work setting, treat and educate residents and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to residents; family members. RNs record resident’s medical history and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with cases follow up and rehabilitation.
The Registered Nurse utilizes the nursing process, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to provide holistic care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the life span.
- Provides initial and ongoing assessment and interpretation of residents or clients within the framework of holistic professional nursing practice, and in accordance with the principles of resident and family centered care.
- Assesses and interprets resident or client’s ability (physical, social, and psychological) to manage their health in order to transition their care or discharge.
- Assesses and interprets information and data regarding the resident’s culture and values system, lifestyle, and interest and ability to participate in their care, and other factors impacting successful treatment outcomes.
- Identifies and communicates resident or family needs to the provider of care as appropriate.
- Provides ongoing monitoring of resident or resident’s family response to intervention; identifies deviations from expected outcomes and assesses change in resident’s status
- Develops, coordinates and updates an individualized plan of care, based on evidence, in collaboration with the resident or their family, the primary care physician promoting continuity of care.
- Prioritizes nursing interventions to achieve resident’s outcomes and goals
- Develops and coordinates a comprehensive discharge and education plan to meet the resident and their family’s needs, including health promotion, self-management, identifying and coordinating resources to promote continuity of care.
- Provides a supportive environment for communications and decision making by residents.
- Advocates for and supports the principles of resident and family centered care, and the resident’s rights and well-being.
- Assists residents and their families to become aware of issues relevant to their health care needs.
- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of legislation dealing with resident’s rights and responsibilities in health care.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the roles, responsibilities and rights of other nurses and other health care professionals.
Personal Characteristics and Skills:
- Ability to balance numerous demands and conflicting priorities.
- Ability to work within a team environment and to effectively contribute to resident planning.
- Demonstrate strong communication skills and the ability to adapt communication styles to meet the needs of the specific residents and other health care team members.
- Assessment skills to recognize and respond appropriately to resident change in condition.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Sound judgement.
- Supports a respectful, team-oriented workplace.
- Education: Graduate of an accredited school of Registered Nursing and holds a valid license.
- Ability to work independently with or without supervision while still being a team member.