Registered professional nurse who assesses, implements or delegates, plans, and evaluates total nursing care and functions in accordance with established philosophy, providing and directing patient care for a group of patients. Relates effectively with other shifts/departments for optimal continuity of care. Provides clinical supervision for entry level nurses and assists in their development.
A. Uses critical thinking skills to assess the basic physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, and developmental needs of patients and families. Communicates findings to appropriate healthcare team members. * Collects data from all applicable resources; organizes assessment data so that it is complete and accessible; and then documents findings (legibly) in the medical record or other appropriate documents. * Recognizes alterations in health status, anticipates onset of patient care crisis situation and communicates findings appropriately. * Assesses, reassesses, and manages pain.
B. Develops and uses a specific plan of care and modifies it to meet individual patient needs using evidence-based practices. Implements patient care and therapeutic procedures. Monitors and documents progression of treatment and teaching goals. * Identifies and prioritizes the patient's present/potential problems. * Plans appropriate nursing interventions specific to the patient's problems, incorporating the patient's cultural, age-specific, and developmental needs. * Competently performs nursing interventions and procedures for the patient population (s) served consistent with scientific principles of nursing and policy and procedure. * Provides education to patients and family concerning diagnosis, treatment, and hospitalization. * Reviews and updates plan of care according to patient's needs and/or regulatory agency requirements. * Documents and involves patient, family, and other healthcare workers in plan of care decisions in accordance with HIPAA requirements.
C. Evaluates the care and treatments provided to the patient and the patient response to the care and treatments. Performs timely re-assessment and documentation: * Evaluates patient's response to treatment/care and modifies plan of care as needed. * Evaluates patient and/or significant others ability to perform self-care and procedures prior to discharge. * Records patient's response to prescribed treatment and other significant data.
D. Anticipates admission/discharge/transfer needs to facilitate patient flow. * Identifies potential/actual discharge/transfer needs of patients upon admission and as patients' conditions change. * Identifies need for and/or follows-up on referrals to ensure identified problems are addressed. * Incorporates other disciplines into plan of care according to patient's needs. * Evaluates patients and/or significant other's understanding of discharge instructions based on ability to verbalize and/or give return demonstration. * Expedites admission/discharges/transfers. * Participates in a process of communication with the multi-disciplinary team to facilitate the progress of the patient through the continuum of care.
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.