The Clinical Nurse is a professional who remains responsible for the assessment, planning and implementation of individualised and holistic nursing care of a patient, their families or the community, either performed directly or indirectly.
The incumbent ultimately coordinates patient care within the concept of the multi-disciplinary health team.
The incumbent also fulfils the role by the use of scientifically based nursing theories and processes, treating the patients as a physical, social and spiritual individual, and by use of educational and technical means applicable to health care practice.
KEY WORK OUTPUT AND ACCOUNTABILITIES
Serve as a clinical resource in assisting personnel to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care in the unit.
Ensure communication and interaction with family and health professionals regarding optimal patient care, thereby acting as a patient advocate when necessary.
Ensure communication between nursing management and unit to eliminate patient care problems / issues.
Assess, plan and implement advanced nursing care in a specialized field in accordance with standard nursing care procedures, as set out in the standards and procedures of MPH, as well as nursing care theory and medical direction.
Initiate, direct and maintain emergency treatment (RESUS) as indicated to any patient / person in any ward / department of the hospital. To diagnose and treat the emergency patient quickly, effectively and efficiently as possible within the Scope of Practice.
Interview patient and family to obtain general background information and problem identification; evaluate patient’s behaviour and assess immediate and long term needs.
Participate as a professional member of the multi-disciplinary team in evaluating, developing and implementing health care plans and treatment regime.
Do rounds with the physician to review condition of patients; develop nursing care plans; participate in the care of all patients in the unit.
Evaluate patients care needs; initiate individualised nursing care plans; co-ordinate patient services.
Prepare day / night shift documentation that reflects patient status, patient / staff ratio and problems.
Communicate with the unit manager, so that he / she is informed of activities and problems.
Perform any related tasks as requested.
Provide input and standards in formulating patient care policy and procedures in the hospital.
To ensure the provision of a safe, clean and secure environment for patients, staff and visitors.
Aim as member of staff to optimise and maintain quality, effective and safe nursing care, within the frame of the assigned budget.
Evaluate, set standards and monitor safe utilization of supplies and equipment Actively participate as a member of a team to achieve goals.
Co-operate and collaborate with other hospital departments to provide appropriate support services. Co-ordinate with the Clinical Facilitation Department and other members of the multi disciplinary team to meet and acknowledge the on-going educational needs of the nursing staff / student as well as the patients.
Co-operate with the Clinical Facilitators in planning, implementing and evaluation of learning experiences / opportunities for nursing staff / students.
Provide for the ongoing review, practice and in-service training of emergency procedures.
Actively participate in in-service training and orientation of new staff in the unit.
Advise and inform staff on current and revised policies and procedures.
Allocate staff members in a manner that promotes optimal use of staff to provide appropriate nursing care for the individual patient regarding his / her needs and specialised skills needed by the nursing staff member.
Adjust staff levels to provide for acuity level needs
Active involvement in own professional development to maintain a satisfactory level of skill and knowledge.
Keep up to date with evolving policies and procedures
Work effectively and co-operatively with others to establish and maintain good working relationships that are mutually beneficial.
Develop collaborative relationships to help accomplish work goal.
Maintain and encourage effective communication and interaction within the unit, other members of the multi-disciplinary team and the public.
Foster good interpersonal relations and public relations while interpreting / applying the philosophy, goals objectives, policies and procedures.
Grade 12 or an equivalent NQF Level 4 Qualification.
Extensive RN experience – Theatre trained perferably not crucial and 2 years experience as a scrub sister.
Must be a Registered Nurse, currently registered with the South African Nursing Council.
2 or more years’ experience and knowledge working as a General Scrub Nurse
Experience in clinical leadership
Thorough knowledge of general / specialized nursing theory and practice
Extensive knowledge of modern nursing care principles and practices in the highly specialised field of the intensive care nursing.
Relevant Post basic theatre qualification preferred but not limited to.
The ability to set high standards of performance for self, and assuming the overall responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assignments or tasks.