UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

REGISTERED NURSE 3

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

6231 (Classified Non Union)
8896 (WSNA UW Medical Center)
8904 (1199NW HMC-RN)
8909 (1199NW/Airlift Northwest Registered Nurses)

BASIC FUNCTION

Provide professional nursing care; provide leadership for specific program areas and unit functions such as developing education programs, acting as clinical resource for staff, and coordinating daily operations; assist the Nurse Manager to develop, maintain, and evaluate the on-going operations of a clinical area.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general supervision, perform specific leadership functions related to clinical practice, education and management such as developing unit goals, orientation programs, and standards of care;

Under general direction, provide patient care and coordination of services through assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of safe therapeutic care.

TYPICAL WORK

Provide a role model for staff by demonstrating and documenting for assigned patients completion of:

1. Assessment and nursing diagnosis of patients;

2. Care planning;

3. Implementation of safe nursing care;

4. Evaluation of patient responses to nursing care;

5. Patient teaching;

6. Patient advocacy;

7. Discharge and transfer planning;

8. Admission, transfer and discharge processes;

Coordinate patients' care with other hospital departments and disciplines;

Promote effective communication among staff and patients to assure optimal patient outcomes;

Assist with the planning and/or implementation of educational programs for staff and patients;

Act as a preceptor for new or experienced employees by assessing learning needs, developing, implementing, and monitoring learning plans and evaluating the learner's progress;

Participate in development, implementation and maintenance of the quality assurance program;

Participate in establishing, implementing and evaluating unit goals;

Identify patient care, staff, and resource problems and take necessary steps toward problem resolution;

Provide feedback and guidance to staff; observe, review, and evaluate staff performance;

Assist in the development, maintenance and evaluation of systems to support nursing care delivery such as patient care documentation and emergency response procedures;

Provide input into the development and implementation of the budget;

Serve as the unit charge nurse as assigned;

Participate in unit, departmental and hospital committees as requested;

May utilize clinical expertise to provide planned and spontaneous learning activities to patients, families and staff;

May develop staffing schedule for a specific time period;

May participate in the interview process and recommend selection of staff;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Classified Non-Union

Current license AND two years of professional nursing experience

OR

equivalent education/experience.

Legal Requirement:

Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington.

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Class/Title: 10-22-90
CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05