Graduate Nurse

To provide a transitional role for a Graduate Nurse to begin orienting while waiting to pass the NCLEX, and fully function as a Registered Nurse.

The Graduate Nurse is responsible for:

- Providing direct patient care activities appropriate to training and competency for assigned patients with direct supervision of RN.

- Learning to operate various medical devices.

- Learning various disease processes.

- Interacting with nurses, assistance, physicians, therapists, and other healthcare providers.

- Working to expand clinical knowledge and skills.

- Familiarizing themselves to the hospital environment.

- Gaining clinical experience and exposure to nursing procedures.

- Assisting RNs in completing tasks that support patient care activities

- Completing patient care activities as assigned while promoting excellent patient satisfaction and outcomes.

- Working under the guidelines of RN with assigned patients in accordance with hospital guidelines.

Job Code: 101001


License or Certification:

- CPR certification required

Education, Training, Requirements and Years of Experience:

- Proof of completion of a RN program and eligibility to sit for NCLEX

- Must take NCLEX within six months of being granted Graduate Nurse status.

Machines, Equipment Used:

- General office equipment such as telephone, copy machine, fax machine, calculator, computer.

- Equipment as listed in the Competency check-off list.

Physical Requirements:

- Good visual acuity and ability to communicate.

- Ability to lift, lower, push, pull, and retrieve objects weighing a minimum of 30 pounds including medical supplies and equipment and the transferring and repositioning of patients. Reasonable assistance may be requested when lifting, pushing, and/or pulling are undertaken which exceeds these minimum requirements.

- Ability to withstand prolonged standing and walking.

- Ability to reach, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch are required for patient care functions and in setting up and monitoring equipment.

Skills and Abilities:

- Ability to speak, read, write, and communicate effectively.

- Ability to coordinate, analyze, observe, make decisions, and meet deadlines in a detail-oriented manner.

- Ability to work independently without constant supervision.

- May not under any circumstances perform any tasks/procedures that have not been covered in this job description or that have not been verified by competency checklists.

- May not administer medications by any route.

- May document in the medical record.

- May assist the nurse in collection of data and documentation of data in the nurse's notes upon completion of competencies as deemed by the CNO.

Environmental Conditions:

- Indoor, temperature controlled, smoke-free environment. Occasional outdoor exposure.

- Exposure or potential exposure to blood and body fluids may be required.

- Handicapped accessible.

- May work under stressful circumstances at times.

Proficiency or Productivity Standards:

- Has regular, reliable and predictable attendance and punctuality.

- Adheres to hospital/department dress code including wearing ID badge.

- May be required to work weekdays and/or weekends, evenings and or night shifts if needed to meet deadlines.

- May be required to work on religious and/or legal holidays on scheduled days/shifts.

- Will be required to work as necessary during disaster situations, i.e., before, during or after a disaster.

- May be required to stay after workday to assist after a disaster situation until relief arrives.

- May be required to perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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113 Cassell Drive
Kingsport, Tennessee


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