As the nation's children's hospital, the mission of Children's National Medical Center is to excel in Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.
We accomplish this through:
•Providing a quality health care experience for our patients and families.
•Improving health outcomes for children regionally, nationally, and internationally.
•Leading the creation of innovative solutions to pediatric health challenges.
All advanced nursing practice is based on the legal scope of practice, national and specialty nursing standards, Children's National Policies and Procedures, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Professional Model of Care requires registered professional nurses to be responsible and accountable for their own practice. Children's National supports the development of APRN relationships within the community; specifically those relationships associated with the health and well being of the community at large. Credentialed by the medical staff and licensed to function in an expanded nursing role as an Advanced Practice Nurse to a group of patients. Acts in a collaborative and integrated practice with a physician and is responsible for the management of care to patients assigned including: diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and the assessment, implementation and evaluation of an appropriate plan of care. All activities are performed within the guidelines of protocols agreed upon by the authority of licensure, the medical and nursing divisions, and the medical staff bylaws. Provides leadership and consultation within a specialty area through participation in division/department initiatives and mentorship of others. Participates in Divisional/Departmental and organizational wide initiatives to represent advanced practice nursing, and leverage the role of the advanced practice nurse.
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Masters degree in Nursing with National Board certification in one of four APRN roles. Continuing education credits necessary to maintain national board certification, and state licensure.
Minimum Work Experience
Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 3 years of related experience in pediatrics.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Basic computer knowledge.
Required Licenses and Certifications
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Licensure & Certification: APRN licensure in District of Columbia, and/or Maryland, and/or Virginia. CPR certified. PALS, NRP, ACLS certified based on practice area recommendations. Eligible for Medical Staff credentialing. Pharmaceutical licensure as applicable.
- Participate in Shared Leadership.
- Contribute to the MAGNET Journey of Children's National.
- Ensure that advanced nursing practice is based on evidence of best practice through the use of scientific and theoretical foundation for practice and on-going education and research on evidence-based practice.
- Provide nursing leadership in advancing evidence-based nursing practice.
- Accountable for participating in Division's Performance Improvement process (division or department level) to advance the efficient, appropriate and effective delivery of care.
- Participate in community activities.
- Effectively identify, evaluate, and address disease prevention and health promotion issues of the population in practice while administering quality patient care.
- Work in an independent and interdependent relationship with members of the medical staff, allowing for consultation, collaboration, or referral.
- Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of acute, chronic, and long-term healthcare issues by area of practice.
- Educate patients and/or families about preventive care, medical issues, and use of prescribed medical treatments and/or medications.
- Maintain legible, accurate, and confidential medical records.
- Document all medical evaluations, diagnosis, procedures, treatment, outcomes, education, referrals, and consultations consistent with federal and state regulatory standards.
- Analyze new knowledge gained from conferences, workshops, professional literature, or training, and assimilate this new knowledge into clinical practice; inform and educate others regarding new learned knowledge from conferences and educational activities especially evidence-based best practices.
- Practice within the Scope of Practice and Delineation of Privilege Credentialing Documents for role and Division.
- Maintain clinical competency related to clinical area for privileged procedures.
- Prescribe legend drugs according to Children's National guidelines.
- Participate in multidisciplinary patient care, discharge planning, and resource case management.
- Demonstrate practice consistent with professional standards of care.
- Plan, manage, and evaluate orientation process for new hires at department level.
- Direct the clinical work of APRN students and new hires through precepting and evaluation of orientation process.
- Model consultation skills as a professional member of the interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate effective conflict management skills.
- Collaborate with nursing and other health care professionals in the planning and implementation of system change.
- Provide a point of contact for patients and families pre, post and throughout hospitalization.
- Exhibit service excellence in all areas of practice.
- In collaboration with the patient care team assess learning needs of patients, families, and staff, and provide education as necessary, including specialty specific education.
- Promote role of APRN to the public and other health care professionals.
- Precept, role model, and mentor novice APRN's.
- Maintain active membership in professional organizations.
- Demonstrate practice consistent with legal standards in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations.
- Maintain eligibility for national board certifications.
- Collaborate with multiple departments, as necessary, to foster interdisciplinary practice to meet the needs of patients and families.
- Participate in and/or lead departmental and/or organizational committees to support division.
- Promote team building and colleague development through peer evaluation.
- Participate in and/or lead departmental and organizational initiatives to represent advanced practice and leverage the role of the APRN.
- Direct PI project specific to APRN outcome measurement at the department level.
- Participate in and lead, as time allows, the research process to improve patient care outcomes.
- Provide leadership in promoting patient safety initiatives in clinical setting.
- Demonstrate leadership in facilitating best practice for population served.
- Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
- Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural/ ethnic differences
- Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
- Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
- Partner with all team members to achieve goals
- Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
- Contribute to a positive work environment
- Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
- Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
- Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
- Use resources efficiently
- Search for less costly ways of doing things
- Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
- Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
- Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
- Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
- Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
- Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance
Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities
Hours: 40 hours/week
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.
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."
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.
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.