Responsible for the nursing care of patients requiring specialized judgment and skill. This judgment and skill is based on knowledge of the natural, behavioral and nursing sciences and humanities as the basis for application of the nursing process in wellness and illness care. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in MLH Mission, Vision and Values.
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
Effective August 1, 2014, new hires (newly hired or rehired at MLH) or current Associates entering this job must also meet one of the following requirements:
- Have a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing from an accredited program;
- Be currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program to complete a BSN or MSN within 3 years of hire date (written agreement required); or
- Sign a written agreement to enroll in an accredited nursing program to complete a BSN or MSN within 3 years of hire date.
Licensed to practice as a professional nurse in the state where work is performed or compact license.
Effective June 1, 2018: All new hires and transfers are required to have BLS certification.
Effective 10/1/2016: In lieu of BSN requirement, select MLH facilities may hire an Associate's Degree prepared, licensed RN, with three (3) or more years of clinical experience. Acquiring a BSN within three (3) years from date of hire may be waived at select MLH facilities.
- Analytical skills necessary to assess complex patient conditions effectively and to develop comprehensive plans of care.
- Synthesizes multiple sources of information to assist in the resolution of human responses to complex problems.
- Skill and proficiency in applying highly technical principles, concepts and techniques, which are central to the nursing profession.
- Other certifications may be required depending on assigned nursing unit.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Provides Practice Excellence through specialized nursing assessment, care, evaluation and education to patients and families in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Promotes evidence based practice by using research to develop, implement and evaluate process standards, such as plans of care, protocols and guidelines.
- Provides Leadership Excellence in clinical practice area.
- Demonstrates a commitment to Learning Excellence through professional development and clinical expertise.
- Demonstrates Role Clarity through professional competence, expertise, and knowledge, and supports the nursing profession through role modeling and fostering an environment of growth and learning.
- Promotes Cultural Excellence with recognition and appreciation for cultural, ethnic, and generational diversity.
- The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
- Must have good balance and coordination.
- The physical requirements of this position are: medium work - exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently.
- The Associate is required to have close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision to perform an activity, such as assessing patients, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
- Frequent invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
- Exposure to patient body fluids as well as exposure to hazardous or poisonous materials.
- Ability to react quickly to emergency situations.