Registered Nurse (RN II - 24 HRS, Evening Shift)
Morton Street, MA
The Lemuel Shattuck Hospital (LSH) is seeking experienced and committed Registered Nurses (RN II)to join the team.
The RN II is responsible and accountable for prescribing, delegating, coordinating, providing and improving nursing care according to Performance Improvement (PI) concepts and integrating departmental, hospital mission and standards, state, federal laws and regulatory agencies into professional standards of care/practice for clients from the community (DPH, DMH, DOC/DD or DDS), under the direction of the nurse manager. The incumbent provides leadership and supervision in organizing the delivery of patient care as team leader/charge nurse in absence of nurse manager to assign, supervise, and evaluate the nursing care of RN’s, LPN's, AN's and support staff according to their scope of practice and competence, and according to departmental policies and procedures
Shift:3:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., 24 hours per week. Please note, this position works every other weekend, with days off as assigned.
Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):
- Initiates physical, psychosocial and spiritual assessment of patients nursing care needs according to admission procedure and as specified per unit policy.
- Implements and documents nursing interventions as per plan of care and in accordance with nursing theory, LSH/Nursing Department/Unit policies and procedures, Joint Commission, DPH, and federal and state laws to insure safe and effective standards of nursing practice; transcribes accurately physician orders for medications/tests/interventions; administers and documents prescribed medications; monitors and documents response to medication and any adverse or toxic effects and follow-up action taken; communicates findings and results of monitoring to health care team.
- Provides ongoing assessment and evaluation of patient status at specified times as per unit policy and to determine effectiveness of interventions, patient's response to treatment/ patient outcomes and/or when significant change occurs in patient condition and/or patient diagnosis and communicates changes in plan to patient/significant others and health care team.
- Documents nursing care process and outcomes/situational occurrences in accordance with LSH/Nursing Department/Unit Policies and Procedures.
- Assesses, identifies and provides for education and training of patient/ patient's significant others to improve patient's health outcomes by assisting the patient/patient's significant others in gaining the knowledge and skills that facilitate understanding of health status, return to function, healthy behaviors, and that meets the ongoing health care needs of the patient.
- Participates and contributes to departmental and hospital wide performance improvement activities/ risk management by assisting in data collection and analysis, identifying opportunities for evaluation and improvement in care or services, and by involvement in and assessment of findings and actions taken to improve care.
- Contributes to effective interpersonal and community relations to ensure the quality of patient care, to promote a therapeutic milieu by functioning as advocate/resource person to staff, patients/families, visitors, other departments and outside agencies regarding requested information and LSH policies and procedures by investigating complaints/clarifying LSH policies and procedures and maintaining patient privacy/confidentiality at all times.
- Contributes to the safety/risk management/infection control program, productivity, and cost effectiveness of the department and hospital by assessing and monitoring the environment to reduce any health/safety hazards and minimize incidents/accidents for patients, employees and visitors by maintaing services, supplies, pharmaceutical stock and equipment to ensure effective and economical use.
- Demonstrates competence in assessing and providing age appropriate care to all patients.
- Satisfactory knowledge of the scientific theories and principles of nursing.
- Applies scientific principles to performance of nursing process.
- Communicates effectively through oral reporting and documentation.
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Ability to organize work assignment and prioritize patient needs.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical and empowering relationship with individuals.
- Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion.
- Familiarity with safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations.
LSH takes pride in helping people recover from illnesses and conditions that are often underserved or difficult to manage in other health care settings. The Hospital serves populations that are mostly indigent, often in the care and custody of state agencies, and present with clinical issues that arise from mental illness, homelessness, and substance abuse. LSH provides 260 inpatient beds and 25 specialty medical clinics, including surgical services, to patients and clients referred by private sector providers and state agencies (including the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), and the Department of Corrections (DOC)). We strive continuously to improve the quality of life for our patients through the delivery of collaborative treatment and a patient-focused continuum of care. Teaching professionals from various health disciplines always have been a part of the hospital’s charge as well.
As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:
- 75% state paid medical insurance premium
- Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
- Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
- Low cost basic and optional life insurance
- Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
- 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
- Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
- Long-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
- Incentive-based Wellness Programs
- Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
I. A Graduate degree with a major in Nursing may be substituted for the required experience .*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.
*Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination.
Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.