The RN works within a changing environment and in inter-professional teams to advocate for and promote wellness while ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and ethical nursing care. The RN shares his/her knowledge and expertise with others and contributes to the advancement of nursing practice excellence. The RN continually enhances his/her practice and competencies through ongoing learning, education, experience and reflective practice. The primary role of the RN is to provide holistic, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, patient-centred quality care in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario standards and SMH’s mission, vision, values and policies.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The RN optimizes the patient’s experience and care outcomes by:
- Being accountable for one’s decisions and professional practice;
- Establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient;
- Collaborating with other members of the patient’s care team; and,
- Coordinating and communicating patient care activities.
The RN has 4 key areas of responsibility:
- Acquires information to assess patient care and learning needs
- Develops a plan of care and integrates nursing activities with other inter-professional activities
- Engages in critical inquiry and reflection to select evidence-based interventions
- Organizes nursing care and assigns or changes nursing care activities where appropriate
- Evaluates the effectiveness of the plan of care and adjusts the plan as needed
- Anticipates, recognizes and addresses rapidly changing situations
- Provides health education to patients and their families using effective teaching strategies
- Documents observations, assessments and care provision
- Contributes to discharge and transition planning
- Refers patient to other agencies or services as needed
Collaboration & Coordination
- Serves as the primary resource for organizing and coordinating patient care activities
- Establishes and maintains respectful, collaborative, therapeutic and inter-professional relationships
- Coordinates and communicates patient care activities for a safe and seamless transition and appropriate transfer of accountability
- Participates in hospital committees and other groups
- Aligns behavior with SMH’s vision, mission and values and Code of Conduct
- Supports the advancement of professional practice
- Utilizes effective judgment in assigning patient care activities
- Engages in self-reflection, performance review and ongoing learning
- Participates in mentoring, teaching and /or coaching students, co-workers and other regulated and unregulated health professionals
- Embraces change that leads to improved nursing practice and better patient outcomes
- Advocates for a safe and healthy work environment
- Participates in or supports research projects
- Supports and participates in evidence based practice implementation and quality improvement initiatives
- Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario required.
- Current BCLS/CPR Certificate required.
- Recent acute medicine nursing experience required. (Candidates who do not have acute medicine nursing experience may be considered if there are no internal or external qualified candidates).
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and computer skills.
- Ability to work well independently and as a team.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate within an interprofessional team.
- Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Ability to be well organized and adaptable to changing work environments.
- Strong patient teaching skills.
- Satisfactory attendance record.
As a condition of employment, all external hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documentation unless a valid accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code exists.