Registered Nurse - Full time- Palliative Care
Company: Kern Medical
Posted on: May 19, 2023
Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding
in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds,
offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los
Angeles. Kern Medical offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art womens
health services delivered by board-certified physicians
specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. No matter what your
needs are, our OB/GYN specialists can help. Our UCLA-affiliated
program is unique to the region and is focused on women of all
ages. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic
patients a year.Career Opportunities within Kern Medical include
many benefits, such as:
- New Hire Bonus: $6,000.00
- Future Salary Increase: 3.25% July of 2023 and 3.25% July of
- New Hire Premium: +6% of the base rate of pay, matched up to 6%
if contributed to Deferred Compensation Plan.
- A Comprehensive Benefits Package: includes Holidays, Paid Time
Off, Retirement, Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life
Insurance.Position: Registered Nurse - Full time- Palliative
CareCompensation The estimated pay for this position is $40.0150 to
$63.0516. The rates shown include a 6% premium pay (base= $-$ plus
6%). This reflects only a portion of the total compensation package
for this position. Additional compensation may be available for
this role through differentials, incentives, and bonuses. In
addition, this position may be eligible for participation and
company contributions to the Kern County Employees Retirement Plan.
Definition:Under the supervision of a nurse leader (Chief Nursing
Officer, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Nurse
Leader), independently prescribes, delegates, and coordinates
nursing care to the acutely ill patient and performs the nursing
process through assessment, planning, implementation, and
evaluation of safe, therapeutic care for patients. The scope of
practice is in accordance with the ANA Scope and Standards of
Practice, ANA Code of Ethics, and California Nurse Practice Act
Board of Registered Nurses of the State of California.
Distinguishing Characteristics: This classification ranges from
novice nurses with limited knowledge and skills to expert nurses
with advanced knowledge and skills and the ability to perform work
with minimum supervision. It is designed to accommodate the
expanding experience of the Registered Nurse (RN), resulting in the
ability to orient nurses with limited experience and re-entry
nurses to current clinical practice. The HSN is expected to be
committed to enhancing the profession of nursing, actively seek to
improve their professional practice, contribute to the professional
development of others, demonstrate caring-healing practices and
promote the vision and goals of the organization and Department of
Nursing. All nursing clinical practice will be evaluated and
governed by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and/or their RN
designee. Essential Functions:
- Creates and sustains an environment that supports compassionate
caring through authentic presence with the patient and family,
builds trusting relationships, and creates connections that embrace
mind, body, and spirit modalities to mobilize the patients
strengths and abilities toward healing.
- Collects and documents data for assigned patients according to
- Interprets assessment data to determine whether the patient has
physiological and/or psychosocial risk factors, records and reports
variances from normal parameters.
- Collaborates with the patient, family, and members of the
healthcare team to develop an individualized plan of care based on
existing and potential patient problems and observable patient
responses. Implements nursing and physician orders safely
- Uses education, experience, and interpretation of assessment
data to prioritize appropriate nursing actions;
- Establishes nursing diagnoses, uses appropriate resources to
formulate a written plan of care, evaluates the effectiveness of
nursing interventions, and revises patient care plans as
- Anticipates and effectively manages rapidly changing situations
by the rapid grasp of changes in patient status and problem
situations. Prioritizing and responding quickly and appropriately
to identify the need for and activation of emergency protocols and
- Performs and documents the nursing process consistent with
scientific principles and hospital policy as required by patient
assignment using critical thinking and nursing judgment.
- Implements the medical and nursing care plans and coordinates
patient care activities with nurses, physicians, and Advanced
- Partners with the patient/family to assess learning needs,
priorities, and level of understanding and co-develop the plan.
Designs teaching methods and plans accordingly; follow through on
teaching plans developed to instruct patients and their family
members regarding; testing, procedures, and disease process;
knowledge and skills essential to coping with illness and promotion
of optimum health.
- Coordinates and participates in patient care rounds and
- Understands team dynamics and collaborates effectively within
the care team.
- Contributes to team building through participation in unit
programs and meetings; contributes to positive morale, using
constructive and effective conflict resolution skills.
- Assists with training staff members and orienting new staff;
works collaboratively with clinicians to manage patient care.
- Assures quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards
and evidence-based practices, measuring outcomes against patient
care goals and hospital or regulatory standards.
- Provides safe care to patients and protects employees by
adhering to approved infection control policies and protocols,
medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled
- Participates in staff meetings, professional governance
councils (unit or organizational level), evaluation and standards
development for nursing practice, nursing recognition, and
- Completes all competencies, mandatory classes, and educational
coursework as required by the Department of Nursing.
- Attains knowledge and competence that reflects current nursing
practice. Demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning.
- Adheres to hospital-approved policies and procedures.
- Adheres to RN scope of practice, as defined by BRN
- Is knowledgeable of and is compliant with the ANA Code of
Ethics, ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and KMC Professional
- Monitors own practices and assist in monitoring others for
practices related to patient and employee safety and compliance
with standards and policies. Looks for opportunities for continual
improvement in patient care and the work environment.
- Demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care of
populations served by Kern Medical facilities. Other Functions:
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- Trains staff members, orients new staff, and serves as a mentor
to staff as an experienced clinician and manager of care.
Employment Standards:Graduation from an accredited registered
nursing program with a Bachelor's or Associates degree preferred
and a valid and unrestricted license issued by the State of
California to practice as a Registered Nurse; Or Possession of an
active temporary license issued by the State of California to
practice as a Registered Nurse.Employees must maintain all health
requirements designated by Kern Medical Center.Possess and maintain
a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life
Support (BLS) card.Depending on assignment, incumbents may be
required to possess and maintain specific certificates of
competency or complete designated education as a condition of
employment.Knowledge of:Theory, techniques, and practices of
nursing; medical terminology, instruments, and equipment; the uses
and effects of medicines and narcotics. Skill in:Following oral and
written instructions and maintaining concise and complete records.
Demonstrate the practical and theoretical knowledge of nursing care
specific to the assigned work area/specialty; meet the content and
performance criteria specific to each defined specialty, including
the nursing process, leadership/professional development, and unit
operation; demonstrate standard techniques of record maintenance
and report writing; using computers and related software
applications; keyboarding and using standard office equipment;
follow oral and written instruction; communicate both orally and in
writing sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive
work direction; prepare and maintain concise and comprehensive
required records and reports; establish and maintain effective work
relationships with staff, other hospital employees, patients, and
their families; dependent upon the area of practice or department
assignments, demonstrates clinical knowledge and skill in the care
of populations served by Kern Medical facilities.Supplemental:A
background check may be required for this classification.All Kern
Medical employees are designated Disaster Service Workers. In the
event of a disaster or civil disorder, all Kern Medical employees
are to remain at work or to report to work in a safe and
practicable manner.If position responsibilities require driving a
personal vehicle, then possession of a current valid California
Drivers License and adherence to the Kern County Hospital Authority
Vehicle Use and Driving Standard Policy (ENG-EC-119) is required.If
position responsibilities require driving a vehicle owned, leased,
or rented by Kern Medical, then possession of a current valid
California Drivers license, a signed authorization for Release of
Drivers Record Information, and adherence to the Kern County
Hospital Authority Vehicle Use and Driving Standard Policy
(ENG-EC-119) is required.
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