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Registered Nurse Orthopedic Spine Unit Per Diem Days

Company: Desert Regional Medical Center
Location: Palm Springs
Posted on: February 10, 2024

Job Description:

Desert Regional Medical Center is a 385-bed acute-care hospital classified as a stroke receiving center and level 2 trauma facility with an innovative, patient centered and evidence-based Rehabilitation Services Department. ---Our compassionate team provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including acute care rehabilitation, joint replacement & spinal surgery, neurosurgery, ICU, Telemetry, step-down care, skilled nursing, as well as outpatient therapy, hand and lymphedema clinics.

The Clinical Nurse assumes principal responsibility for the total nursing care, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation of each assigned patient. The staff nurse initiates teaching and educates the patient and family/or significant other to attain optimal health. Access to all Patient Health Information for treatment purposes only.


  • Obtains information and interpret information in terms of the patient's needs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of growth and development.
  • Understands the range of treatment needed as appropriate to the ages of the patients served.
  • Maintains annual orthopedic specific competencies
  • Initiates interdisciplinary communications and incorporates recommendations.
  • Acts as a consultant in complex patient care.
  • Documentation demonstrates advanced practice. Requires at least 3 cases per year reviewed for demonstration of this measure. (see attached chart review format)
  • Facilitates effective problem solving. Identifies at least 3 issues that affect patient care and submits resolution of issues. (see attached format) may be used in place of measure 3 when clinical responsibilities do not involve medical record documentation
  • Works with other disciplines for complex discharge planning and early facilitation of discharge process.
  • Utilizes current theories and knowledge for accurate assessments and evaluations
  • Completes acuity evaluation on all assigned patients according to unit protocol.
  • Consistently functions proficiently on the nursing unit. Including but not limited to: Manages an average caseload specific to unit Adapts to altered work patterns, sets priorities, and modifies assignments to meet patient needs utilizing available resources and staff ability and availability.
  • Administers medications prescribed by physicians according to policy, including IV's, blood and blood products. Knows actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, adverse reactions, dosage and route of
  • administration on all drugs before administering to patient.
  • Verifies against MAR for accuracy on an ongoing basis. 3 = 0 med. errors, 2 = 1-2 med. errors 1 = 3 or more med. errors (severity of incident will be considered).
  • Functions as a charge nurse as assigned.
  • Communicates changes in clinical practice to peers.
  • Educates staff in current or changing clinical practice. Evidenced by at least 2 different classes at least 30 min. in length attended by 5 or more people with class outline, goals and objectives and sign sheet included.(see examples)
  • Active participation on an interdisciplinary or central committee or task force with at least 75% participation.
  • Revises the orientation program or participates in same.
  • Mentors other co-workers, functions as a resource, acts as preceptor, and other duties as assigned.
  • Involvement in developing procedural case management standards and or clinical practice guidelines and ensures departmental maintenance of standards.
  • Maintains competence in Nursing practice through inservices and participation in ongoing continuing education per year. 3 = > 25 CEU or 10 CEU + 3 Units College Credit, 2 = 10 - 24 CEU , 1 =
  • Consistently participates in the Quality Improvement Program by initiating completion of data collection tools offering suggestions to create action plans to improve quality of patient care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal, ethical, and safety issues and delivers care that is safe within the scope of practice.
  • Reports, documents, and takes appropriate action (by the end of shift) for incidents and or quality care issues that may affect the patient's or staff well being.
  • Consistently assesses patients for risk of injury and takes appropriate action to reduce risk and promote safety.
  • Uses restraints according to policy and consistently explores other options less restrictive, with accurate documentation.
  • Serves as advocate for patient/family by providing information and assists in utilization of available resources and or alternatives for making health care decisions(i.e. advanced directives, ethics consult etc.)
  • Establishes or assesses proper identification prior to delivery of care.
  • Requests clarification of Physician orders as necessary


    Current CA Registered Nurse License
    Current American Heart Association BLS certification (maintain current at all times)
    Effective verbal and written skills to communicate with people on all levels and able to maintain positive working relationships with parents, families, and co-workers
    Possess active listening skills
    Compassionate and non judgmental care giver and advocate
    Able to independently manage multiple priorities
    Must comply with Respiratory Fit Testing Protection Policy
    Excellent customer service skills

    Pay Range: $53.06 - $85.13

    Individual wages are determined based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, an individual's qualifications and experience

    Tenet complies with federal, state, and/or local laws regarding mandatory vaccination of its workforce. If you are offered this position and must be vaccinated under any applicable law, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination or obtain an approval of a religious or medical exemption prior to your start date. If you receive an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you will be required to submit to regular testing in accordance with the law.

    2403004060Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant's or employee's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Keywords: Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs , Registered Nurse Orthopedic Spine Unit Per Diem Days, Healthcare , Palm Springs, California

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