Per Diem Clinical Nurse - Medical Surgical / O'Connor Hospital
County of Santa Clara
 Santa Clara, CA

Description

Under general supervision, incumbents provide care to patients in a structured environment. Per Diem Clinical Nurse initiate and perform established nursing interventions utilizing current clinical knowledge.

Per Diem Clinical Nurse would acquire the qualifications listed for this position by possessing a valid California Registered Nurse license and at least 1 year of recent Medical Surgical experience.

O'Connor Hospital has availability on all shifts.

Per Diem Clinical Nurses are appointments to non-permanent positions established to meet peak load or other unusual work situations. Per Diem Clinical Nurses are required to be available to work at least eight (8) shifts a month, two of which are weekend shifts (if applicable). Four (4) weekend shifts per month may be approved as an alternate schedule to the eight shifts per month work requirement. Per Diem Clinical Nurses must be available to work one of the 3 major Winter holidays. When assigned and worked, Per Diem nurses shall be paid at time and one half for all hours worked on two of the three major holidays as note above.

Known for quality, compassionate care, O'Connor Hospital is a nationally recognized, 358-bed acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty programs to more than 1 million residents of San Jose. O'Connor Hospital was founded in 1889 as one of the first hospitals in Santa Clara County. Whether for the birth of a baby or a life-saving surgery, our reputation for medical excellence, superior skill, and advanced technology precedes us.

The County of Santa Clara owns and operates a Hospitals and Clinics Delivery System that includes Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital, and St. Louise Regional Hospital. The hospitals and clinics are operated by the County under a consolidated license from the California Department of Public Health. The Hospitals and Clinics Delivery System is part of the broader County of Santa Clara Health System.

Better Health for All!

The County of Santa Clara owns and operates a Hospitals and Clinics Delivery System that includes Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital, and St. Louise Regional Hospital.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center - 731 bed tertiary level acute care hospital provides the highest level of adult and pediatric emergency medical and trauma services, a regional high risk Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an ACS-verified Burn Trauma Center, a Primary Stroke Center, a CARF-accredited Rehabilitation Center, emergency and acute inpatient psychiatric services, as well as a range of other specialized services – in some cases the only such treatment in the region.

O'Connor Hospital -358 bed acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty programs to more than 1 million residents of San Jose. O'Connor Hospital was founded in 1889 as one of the first hospitals in Santa Clara County.

St. Louise Regional Hospital - 93 bed acute care facility, affectionately known as South County's community hospital, is a Designated Primary Stroke Center, and is the only acute care hospital in the area. Located in Gilroy, St. Louise is one of the largest employers in the community.

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Typical Tasks

Assessment

  • Analyzes and validates data taken from interview of patients for common relationships, revises assessments based on patient behaviors and conceptual view of individuals;
  • Identifies common recurrent patient problems, symptoms and behavioral changes in relation to standards of care and individual patient needs;
  • Assesses the needs of a specific patient population by:
  • Making purposeful rounds
  • Participating in clinical conferences
  • Collaborating with physicians and other health team members.
  • Assesses the competencies of personnel assigned to a specific patient group;
  • Assesses the need for development of standards of care for a specific patient population;
  • Assesses the numbers and levels of personnel needed to provide nursing care for a specific patient population.

Planning

  • Identifies patient care problems, establishes priorities and develops individual patient plan of care based on nursing and medical diagnosis;
  • Plans strategies for solving patient care problems with other members of the health team;
  • Involves the patient needs within current assignment to determine amount and type of assistance needed;
  • Develops a plan for teaching patients and family regarding:

Implementation

  • Recurrent health problems
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Health practices related to maintenance of wellness/prevention of disease
  • Collaborates with appropriate personnel in performing new procedures and/or in functioning in unfamiliar situations;
  • Coordinates activities needed to implement the plan of care;
  • Coordinates patient and family teaching;
  • Coordinates discharge plans with appropriate support personnel;
  • Complies with external and internal regulations pertaining to nursing practice;
  • Recognizes legal and ethical duties and responsibilities of registered nurses;
  • May participate in conducting research activities.
  • When assigned charge responsibility makes recommendations for the unit level staffing pattern and assigns personnel to provide for patient care during an 8-hour period;
  • Assists in teaching students and staff;
  • May assume role of primary nurse with accountability to specific assigned patients;

Evaluation

  • Evaluates patient response to care and utilizes this information to re-assess and revise plan of care;
  • As a clinical partner:
  • Evaluates orientee, student or staff's ability to perform critical nursing procedures;
  • Evaluates orientee, student, staff's decision-making abilities in adapting policy and procedures to the clinical setting;
  • Evaluates documentation of patients response to care.
  • Evaluates and adapts policies, procedures and standards.

Employment Standards

Possession of the legal requirements to practice as a Registered Nurse as determined by the California Board of Registered Nursing and sufficient experience to enable a candidate to demonstrate possession of the qualifications necessary to successfully perform the typical tasks noted above.

Experience Note: A candidate would typically acquire the experience necessary to successfully perform at this level through at least one year of specialty experience in the Medical Surgical competency area.