Registered Nurse (RN) - Mom/Baby
The Mother Baby Unit is a 47 bed unit that provides newborn, antepartum and postpartum care to adolescent and adult women. Our nurses, many of whom hold a specialty certification in Maternal-Newborn Nursing, care for their patients with an emphasis placed on safe, compassionate, and family centered care. Patient acuity can range from low-risk patients, who obtain their care from our highly skilled OB and Certified Nurse Midwife providers, to high risk patients, who obtain their care from our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists. Our full-time social worker provides care and resources to our patient population for any psycho-social needs during the patient’s inpatient stay. Our Lactation Program, which consists of 8 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, promotes breastfeeding to our inpatient population, as well as following patients in the Tucson community in our Outpatient Lactation Clinic. We strive to consistently meet our core measure of exclusive breastfeeding at a rate of 50% upon discharge.
Coordinates patient care planning with other disciplines utilizing the principles of the nursing process and critical thinking skills in order to maintain patient safety and well-being.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS :
Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure safe patient care.
Writes or obtains initial nursing histories, assesses patients' conditions and develops individual care plans; maintains patient documentation.
Receives and reviews preceding shift reports and floor nurse reports; makes complete rounds of all units, and notes patients' condition.
Notifies appropriate physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
Works with other members of the interdisciplinary patient care team, implements and reinforces patient instructional needs with patient and family offering informational material and pointing out special areas of concern.
Evaluates outcomes of patient care, consults with other specialists as needed and adjusts nursing care processes as necessary to ensure optimal patient care.
Identifies and resolves workplace health and safety issues.
Provides appropriate, direct patient care utilizing appropriate aseptic techniques.
May manage IV lines, ensure that sterile techniques are adhered to, and oversee patient movement and positioning to ensure that the patient is handled in a medically safe manner.
May perform the administration of pharmacological vasodilator medications for the purpose of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging; complies with examination competency as defined in the Imaging Services Practice Standards.
Complies with policies, procedures, regulations, and standards and takes corrective action when violations occur.
Orients, instructs, and educates assigned personnel.
EDUCATION : Graduation from a qualified, nationally-accredited nursing program.
EXPERIENCE: One year of nursing experience in an acute care setting preferred.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION : Current RN licensure permitting work in the State of Arizona and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Some departments such as OR, Ambulatory Surgery, Pediatrics/PICU, PACU, and GI Lab will require advanced life support certification (ACLS and PALS).