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Registered Nurse (RN) Medical Surgical Nights

Company: Methodist
Location: Baytown
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Job Description:

Job Summary

At Houston Methodist, the Registered Nurse I (RN) position is a licensed staff nurse, may be an
entry level nurse, who demonstrates the ability to continuously progress in skill to care for
increasingly complex patients, receiving coaching from experienced RNs and management and
benefits from their practice. The position functions at the Novice to Advanced Beginner stage
according to Benner s model of clinical practice, participating in unit initiatives and shared
governance. The RN I position provides professional nursing care to a diverse patient population,
conducts nursing assessments, assists with exams and treatment, patient education, and
maintenance of medical records. This position collaborates with the physicians and
interprofessional health care team to facilitate, coordinate and maintain compassionate, efficient,
quality care and achievement of desired treatment outcomes. The RN I position demonstrates
clinical competency when providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing
procedures and managing emergencies, acting as a patient and family advocate in order to monitor
patient rights and needs. This position assures continuity of care through appropriate
communication, discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services.
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for
description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
o Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
- INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
- COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical,
and spiritual needs.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
- RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
- EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to
o Focuses on patient/customer safety
o Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
o Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice
of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
o Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
o Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan
of care as applicable to the given job
Compensation Services Page 2 of 5 Template created: 20170714-v2
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.
1. Establishes a relationship with patients, families and the interprofessional health care team to
collaborate on the plan of care by using progressive skills in therapeutic communication, which
includes active listening and teaching.
2. Contributes to teamwork by responding positively to requests for assistance. Collaborates to
foster healthy relationships in the work environment. Seeks guidance from interprofessional
health care team, when needed, and applies feedback to improve patient outcomes.
3. Provides contributions towards improvement of department scores for
turnover/retention/employee engagement on unit-based scorecard, i.e. peer-to-peer
1. Follows the patient and family-centered care standards, as outlined in the Houston Methodist
Professional Nursing Practice document. Conducts nursing assessments, assists with exams
and treatment and documentation/maintenance of medical records. Practices in a manner that
is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles.
2. Develops, updates and communicates plan of care, including discharge, in partnership with
the patient, family and interprofessional health care team, using the nursing process.
Prioritizes care based on the patient s needs, abilities and preferences. Advocates on
patient/family s behalf to identify and resolve clinical and ethical concerns, utilizing appropriate
3. Provides patient education based on learning needs, uses appropriate resources,
incorporating planning for care after discharge. Consistently evaluates the patient s
comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly.
4. Uses peer-to-peer accountability to contribute towards improving department score for patient
satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
1. Follows the standards of care related to the nursing process, as outlined in the Houston
Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document.
2. Follows the standards related to regulatory requirements and professional practice as outlined
in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document.
3. Provides and modifies care for increasingly complex patients and coordinates care with the
interprofessional teams. Plans for routine events and progressively manages emergent
situations in collaboration with the healthcare team.
4. Contributes towards improving quality and safety targets on unit-based scorecard through
peer-to-peer accountability, focusing on the task at hand and reporting near misses.
1. Displays self motivation to independently manage time effectively, timely documentation of
care, minimize incidental overtime, and prioritize daily tasks. Uses resources effectively and
2. Contributes towards meeting department financial targets on unit-based scorecard through
decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency and other areas according to department
Compensation Services Page 3 of 5 Template created: 20170714-v2
1. Participates in unit evidence-based practice projects focused on innovation, efficiency or
improvement in patient care and shared governance activities. Embraces and enacts new care
pathways or service line implementation to improve service to the community.
2. Identifies own learning needs, consults with healthcare team experts and seeks continuing
education opportunities to meet those needs. Pursues educational opportunities for
professional growth and benefits the department through knowledge dissemination.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other
reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required
credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.
o Zero years of experience with minimal clinical nursing experience, up through at least
eighteen months of health care experience
o If less than six months of clinical nursing experience, must complete Houston Methodist
nurse residency program
o Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90

Equal Employment Opportunity. Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.
VEVRAA Federal Contractor priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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