Registered Nurse- Pediatrics- Per Diem-Shift
Company: Kern County Hospital Authority
Posted on: May 20, 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 a range of primary, specialty, and
multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care,
inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health
programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing
personalize patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for
15,000 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.
- Per Diem employees supplement department staffing needs, with
no guarantee of minimum hours.
- Must schedule and work a minimum of four (4) shift per
month..Position: Hospital Staff Nurse (RN) - Pediatrics- Per Diem -
ShiftDefinition: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 nurse with limited knowledge and skills to
expert nurse 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 through 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,
building trusting relationships, creates connections that embrace
mind, body, 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 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 individualized plan of care based on
existing and potential patient problems, 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 necessary.
- Anticipates and effectively manages rapidly changing situations
by rapid grasp of changes in patient status and problem situations.
Prioritizing and responds quickly and appropriately to identify the
need for and activation of emergency protocols and assistance.
- Performs and documents the nursing process consistent with
scientific principle 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-develops plan. Designs
teaching methods and plans accordingly; follows 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
- 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 ANA Code of Ethics,
ANA Scope and Standards of Practice, and KMC Professional Practice
- Monitors own practices and assists in monitoring others for
practices related to patient and employee safety and compliance to
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 or Associates degree preferred, and a valid and
unrestricted 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 instruction and maintain 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/professionaldevelopment, and unit
operation; demonstration of 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 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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