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NURSE TRAINEE PICU (Sophomore/Junior Nursing Students Only) Summer 2018
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Job Description


 Minimum Education

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Completion of the second year of a Baccalaureate Program or the first year of an Associate Degree Program. Completion of one college-level course in development and one in physical assessment with passing grade. Must be an active student in an accredited nursing program and provide documentation each semester.

Minimum Work Experience

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Completion of a college level clinical rotation in a hospital setting and/or long term facility.

Required Skills/Knowledge

Must maintain good academic standing in an accredited nursing program and make progress toward graduation.

Required Licenses and Certifications

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Functional Accountabilities

Direct Patient Care
  1. Provide direct patient care under the supervision of the Registered Nurse
  2. Collect data and accurately documents information on appropriate forms/flow sheets.
  3. Perform activities as assigned by Registered Nurse and reports any recognized changes in vital signs, color, breathing, behavior, consciousness level, or change in neuro-vascular status of limbs.
  4. Provide basic nursing care, which may include IV maintenance and termination, basic wound care, simple burn care, chest PT, catheter care, etc.
  5. Assist patients with performing ADL’s or total care needs (bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming and feeding).
  6. Assist with transport and transfer of patients as directed.
Patient Flow & Unit Efficiency
  1. Maintain a neat and orderly environment.
  2. Provide a safe environment for patients, e.g. side rails up, ID band in place, call system available, etc.
  3. Assemble equipment/supplies as directed by Registered Nurse for examinations/procedures.
  4. Assist team members with examinations/procedures as directed.
  5. Prioritize tasks and special request.
  6. Complete assigned patient care tasks promptly with minimal assistance and reports inability to complete task to Registered Nurse.
  1. Use tactful/diplomatic communications with patients, families, visitors, and care team members/hospital personnel.
  2. Use basic verbal and non-verbal communication skills with patients and families recognizing different levels of education and cultures.
  3. Orient patient, family and visitors to the policies and procedures of the unit and Hospital as needed.
  4. Respond to questions/request in a helpful manner.
  5. Answer patient/family/visitor questions regarding unit routines/activities and refers other inquires to appropriate personnel.
  6. Seek assistance from care team member when confronted with an unfamiliar situations or problem.
  1. Follow all hospital/departmental policies and procedures.
  2. Accept direction from Registered Nurse in assigned area and charge nurse.
  3. Seek confirmation before making decisions in unfamiliar situations.
  4. Adhere to principles of pediatric safety by identifying & reporting safety hazards to charge nurse.
  5. Remain on unit during assigned tour of duty, notifying charge nurse and appropriate care team members when leaving the unit for patient care related errands or assigned breaks.
  6. Use downtime productively during assigned tour of duty.
  1. Attend all scheduled education session.
  2. Collaborate with all assigned team in the development of the assignments and capstone project.
  3. Consult with nurse educators/scientist to apply evidence based practice to capstone project.
  4. Prepare and present/deliver capstone project at directed
  5. Assume responsibility by seeking learning opportunities on and off the unit through shadowing experience, attendance nursing or hospital grand rounds and/or meeting attendance.
  6. Maintain a weekly self-reflection journal.

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.