SCHEDULE: PRN/Per Diem
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is a
216-bed acute care hospital proudly serving Bay County and surrounding
communities for 40 years. The hospital was recently named a Joint Commission
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® – heart failure, heart attack,
pneumonia, surgical care, and perinatal care – for the fourth consecutive year
and has achieved certifications for its stroke and wound care. Located in Panama City, Florida, its team of
more than 450 providers and 1,000 employees work to ensure patients receive the
highest quality of care every day. With the area’s only designated Pediatric
ER, four-bed Pediatric ICU and 28-bed NICU, the hospital is ready to care for
our youngest residents. The hospital has the only Accredited Chest Pain Center
with Primary PCI as recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
Additionally, the hospital’s cancer program is accredited by the Commission on
Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). These
designations enhance the hospital’s quality of care and demonstrate its
commitment to higher, measurable standards of care.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Nurse Extern delivers high
quality, patient-centered care by performing a variety of delegated basic
patient care services related to common nursing functions and activities of
daily living. Under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN), the Nurse
Extern assists the nursing staff in providing patient care in accordance with
the Nurse Extern’s skills/training and the needs of the Department, and
consistently assists the patient care team with maintaining a clean,
well-organized, and safe patient care environment. The Nurse Extern
is currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited school of nursing
and can perform higher-level procedures once competency is achieved.
- Participates in the implementation
of nursing care plans by performing direct and indirect patient care under
the supervision of the licensed nurse.
- Obtains and records initial and
ongoing patient information throughout the cycle of care, including
admissions data, vital signs, height and weight, blood pressure, oxygen
saturation, blood glucose levels, intake and output, and calorie counts.
- Documents observations,
interactions, patient responses to performed activities, and any physical
or behavioral changes at time of occurrence. Reports observations of
individual patients to the RN/Team Leader.
- Assists with mobility by regular
turning and positioning, dangling, and ambulating
patients. Assists with use of walkers, crutches, canes, and
wheelchairs. Transfers patients to and from other units, departments, or
entities. Assists with discharges. Demonstrates
proper body mechanics.
- Provides or assists with
non-medicated support care, including non-sterile dressing changes, skin
protection, application of heat or ice, oxygen delivery, and venous
- Performs non-medicated support
tasks, including oral suctioning, enema, catheterization and foley
catheter removal, drain maintenance, and basic wound care. Increases
variety and difficulty of tasks as competency is verified through nursing
- Obtains or assists in the
collection of specimens for diagnostic or waived tests. Ensures accuracy
of all labels and timely transfer of specimen.
- Retrieves medication from
pharmacy, storage room, or tube system and delivers to licensed staff
member as instructed.
- Assists with patient preparation
for surgery or other procedure.
- Assists patients with activities
of daily living to include eating and drinking, bathing, shaving, oral
care, grooming, and elimination. Changes bed linens as needed.
- Performs hourly rounding and
responds promptly to call lights and patient requests. Strives to
anticipate patient needs and resolve them proactively.
- Follows patient and employee
safety/security policies and protocols, including hand hygiene, use of
universal precautions,use of personal protective equipment, and adherence
to isolation procedures.
- Prepares and maintains clean,
hazard-free patient rooms. Empties trash and removes soiled linens.
- Assists with
patient/family/caregiver learning needs, abilities and readiness to learn.
Identifies barriers to learning, such as language or
culture. Integrates this information into the patient’s plan of
- Translates complex medical
terminology to ensure patients/families/caregivers understand patient
medical condition, patient status, treatment plan, medications and
possible side effects, and follow-up measures.
patients/families/caregivers on healthy diet and exercise, disease
prevention, and/or lifestyle changes that may be needed once a patient
leaves the hospital. Prepares patients and families/caregivers for future
- Provides teaching material as
needed (pamphlets, video, etc.) to enhance understanding. Documents each
- Assists with post-mortem care.
- Assists in the setup, removal, and
cleaning of equipment. Identifies malfunctioning equipment and initiates
- Performs clerical work as needed,
including greeting customers, filing, answering and transferring phones,
and relaying messages.
- Prepares and maintains chart, MAR
and Kardex on each patient admitted. Adds documentation forms
to chart as needed. Ensures each form is properly labeled.
- Assists provider in obtaining
medical records and diagnostic results.
- Promotes consistent, positive
patient interactions that advance the agenda of unparalleled patient
- Demonstrates caring and empathy in
all interactions and advocates for patient- and family-centered approach
in all decisions and actions.
- Demonstrates excellent
communication skills, including active listening. Ensures
patients, physicians, and colleagues have a clear understanding of all
- Engages in evidence-based best
practices that enhance the patient experience, including SAFETY rounding,
communication fundamentals/AIDET, Teach-Back, Narrating Care, etc.
- Participates as an active member
of the health care team and positively promotes the rest of the team to
patients/families/caregivers and other colleagues.
- Maintains a professional
appearance and demonstrates behaviors consistent with established
- Uses job knowledge and proficiency
of skills to successfully assist in orientation of new employees.
- Shares new knowledge with peers
and mentors those with less experience.
- Attends and actively participates
in unit meetings.
- Seeks opportunities to impact the
growth of the organization by promoting excellence in patient experience
and providing high quality care to the patients served.
- Identifies and assists with
opportunities for performance ivement activities on the unit and with
other service areas.
- Fulfills the duty and
responsibility to maintain competence and to continue personal and
- Creates and implements a personal
career development plan, reviewed regularly by supervisor and/or
- Maintains supplies, forms and
necessary requisitions for the unit.
- Demonstrates cost effective use
and maintenance of unit supplies.
- Demonstrates fiscal responsibility
by taking ownership of time management, decreasing waste of time and/or
supplies, and promoting cost effectiveness while maintaining patient
safety and quality of care.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Practices and adheres to the “Code
of Conduct” and “Mission and Value Statement.”
- Currently enrolled and in good standing in an
accredited school of nursing required
- 1+ Years of Nursing School Completed Preferred
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, BEHAVIORS:
- BLS-American Heart
Association BLS Provider issued card required
our Mission and Values: Ability to build trust and act with authenticity to
cultivate a culture of integrity, inclusion, and mutual respect.
- Exhibits Compassion: Ability
to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs and concerns of others and
to treat others with the utmost respect, dignity, courtesy, and
to deliver verbal and written information in a clear, concise manner to
ensure comprehension and achieve desired results.
to shift attention between multiple activities and competing demands, and to
manipulate the order of tasks by importance.
Well With Others: Ability
to interface directly with public, physicians, staff, patients,
administration and ancillary/support department representatives to achieve
optimal outcomes and high quality, patient-centered care.
to take personal responsibility for job action and performance, comprehend
and perform job responsibilities, and adhere to the policies and procedure of
to actively learn and follow instructions, policies, and procedures in a
timely fashion, including the ability to learn new techniques or procedures
without incurring overwhelming stress.
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