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REGISTERED NURSE

The Registered Nurse is responsible for providing direct patient care and the provision of other patient services in a clinical setting. This position is

Class Code:

L038C

Job Grade:

MP01

Special Job Requirements:

May be required to work rotating shifts or hours other than normal working hours or to be on call.

Typical Functions:

Records medical and family history of patients and current medication usage, conducts physical examinations, and monitors vital signs. Develops and updates patient care plan for completion of treatment goals. Reviews patient charts for physician orders, progress notes, and physical complaints. Consults with physicians concerning problem cases, provides assistance with case management, and refers patients to appropriate clinic or agency for treatment. Responds to emergency or life-threatening situations and administers appropriate treatment. Counsels and instructs patients and family members on proper care and use of medication and medical equipment, modifies care plan according to patient’s progress, and informs of available services, if providing care in the home or hospital. Instructs individuals, families, and other groups regarding health issues, such as preventive care, nutrition, and childcare. Arranges for immunizations, blood pressure testing, and other health screening. Works with community leaders, teachers, parents, and physicians in community health education. May supervise daily activities of licensed practical nurses and nursing aides. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of professional nursing theories, concepts, and methods. Ability to develop patient care plan and participate in diagnosis and development of treatment goals. Ability to apply comprehensive nursing care to clients in all age groups in a clinical setting. Ability to assign and coordinate work activities and monitor the performance of subordinates. Ability to instruct patients and families on self-help care. Ability to assist physicians with routine and emergency care.

Minimum Qualifications:

Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in accordance with ACA 17-87-301. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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