Houston, Texas

JOB SUMMARY
At Houston Methodist, the Student Professional Nurse (SPN) position is part of the Methodist Advancement into Professional Practice (MAPP) program which provides students with opportunities to follow a nursing preceptor in support of building clinical competency and confidence in transition from student role to new graduate nurse. This position is accountable and responsible for nursing care administered under the direction of a Registered Nurse. This position demonstrates clinical knowledge and skills to carry out delegated tasks for age-specific populations described in the unit(s) scope of service. The SPN position demonstrates appropriate communication skills and interpersonal relationships. This position practices Patient Family Centered Care in concert with Houston Methodist ICARE values: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Requirements:

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 25%

  1. Promotes a positive work environment that actively assists interprofessional care team to achieve optimal department results. Makes contributions to the work effort as a whole, by leading and initiating problem resolution within the work unit. Facilitates teamwork by anticipating the need for assistance and responding positively to requests for assistance. (EF)
  2. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional health care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. Teaches others to critically think by verbally expressing rationale for decisions and follows up consistently. Facilitates open, professional, communication to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. (EF)
  3. Initiates contributions towards improvement of department scores for turnover/retention/employee satisfaction on unit-based scorecard, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)

SERVICE - 25%
  1. Participates in nursing care conferences and discharge planning with the patient, family and other members of the health care team. Organizes the work flow, problem-solves basic and routine matters, and manages multiple ongoing priorities, seeking guidance and assistance from preceptor, by utilizing resource persons, i.e. licensed nurse, or management, policy and procedure manuals, or other references on standards of care (EF)
  2. Delivers care in a kind, courteous and honest manner. Identifies and communicates patient problems/needs and nursing interventions performed to the Registered Nurse assigned. Reinforces health care information/teaching provided by the Registered Nurse to the patient and family. (EF)
  3. Role models the patient and family-centered care standards and provides direct patient care under the direction of a registered nurse. Responds to the call light system, contacting nursing personnel as appropriate, and follows through with meeting patient needs. Uses peer-to-peer accountability, towards improving department score for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard, i.e. bedside shift handoff/report. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 35%
  1. Performs direct patient care, treatments and procedures in accordance with established policies and standards of the hospital as outlined in the plan of care. Legally documents, where applicable, delegated observations and interventions, care administered in accordance with established policies and procedures. (EF)
  2. Accurately reports observations, conditions and problems of patients to licensed personnel to achieve desired patient outcomes. Acts as patient advocate by preserving the privacy of patients and families, keeping the safety of the patient in mind. (EF)
  3. Rounds to ensure patient needs are met (four P's). Supports initiatives to prevent conditions such as pressure ulcers, patient falls, and hospital-acquired infections. Reports near misses and collaborates with the interprofessional health care team to improve patient safety. (EF)
  4. Contributes to identification of corrective action and improvement activities, impacting quality and safety targets on the unit-based scorecard, through peer-to-peer accountability, reporting near misses, and collaborating with the interprofessional team. (EF)

FINANCE - 5%
  1. Acts as a good steward of resources by ensuring the best use of equipment and materials. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. Role models effective time management and coordinates colleagues to meet the overall demands of the unit. (EF)
  2. Assists with patient and staffing needs (floats) across the service line or hospital within the scope of their role or validated competencies. (EF)

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%
  1. Fosters a positive and constructive patient care environment by engaging co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with department objectives. (EF)
  2. Responds positively to change by accepting and using new practices. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis, including the development of advanced skills. (EF)
  3. Actively engages in evidence-based research to enhance nursing practice and patient care delivery. Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance improvement projects and shared governance activities. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
  • Enrolled in a school of nursing program maintaining a minimum 3.2 GPA

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Successfully completed at least one clinical rotation

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Performs basic patient care activities of daily living (ADL's) within unit specific defined limits and job scope, such as assistance with patient elimination, hygiene, comfort, safety, nutrition, and progress activity

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work AttireYes/NoUniform NoScrubsYesBusiness professionalNoOther (dept approved) Yes
On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.   Travel**  May require travel within No Houston Metropolitan area 
May require travel outside No of Houston Metropolitan area 
**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Company Profile:

Located in Northwest Houston, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is the first Houston Methodist community hospital to earn Magnet® status – and is ranked one of the Best Hospitals in the Houston Metro Area by U.S. News & Report. At Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, you’ll feel welcomed from day one by peers who share your commitment to delivering exceptional care. With leading-edge services like open heart surgery and advanced stroke care you’ll have the resources to thrive. Join us in Northwest Houston and discover how our I CARE values — Integrity, Compassion Accountability, Respect and a relentless commitment to Excellence come to life in careers that challenge, satisfy and reward like no other.

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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