Primary Purpose: To provide critical care in accordance with hospital policies and procedures, as well as state and federal regulations. Stay informed of current trends and changes in the healthcare industry. The purpose is also to provide a safe and caring environment for patients and families during stressful situations.
Routine Decision Making: Determines which condition warrants notification of physician; which medications are needed during critical times; which equipment should be used for each patient.
Required Knowledge: Critical care medications; IV drips; assessments; cardiac dysrhythmias; knowledge of specialized equipment; nursing process; growth and development, disease processes; interpretation of lab results.
Required Skills and Ability: Excellent physical assessment skills; observation; auscultations; palpation; good communication skills; ability to function independently; excellent time management and prioritization skills; computer skills; problem-solving skills; knowledge of hospital policies and procedures.
Unusual Working Conditions: Risk of blood or body fluid contamination.
Education and Certification/ Registration Required for the Position: Two to four-year RN degree; current licensure in the state of Missouri; ACLS/BLS required; PALS preferred.
Age Specific Competencies: May provide care for birth to pediatric (birth-2 yrs.), pediatric/child patients between (2 yrs-12 yrs); adolescent patients between 12 to 18 years of age; adult patients between 18 to 64 years; and geriatric patients 65 years and older.