Registered Nurse Labor & Delivery- Per Diem
Company: Kern County Hospital Authority
Posted on: May 23, 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
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 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 patient's 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 Associate's 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/professional development, 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
Driver's 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 Driver's 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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