Atlanta Center for Medical Research

Scope

  • JOB TITLE – Nurse (RN/LPN)

  • GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES – Responsible for 24-hour medical monitoring and supervision of study participants; direct supervision of Patient Care Technicians on the inpatient unit.

  • MANAGER – Clinical Manager

  • SUPERVISES – Patient Care Technicians (PCTs)

Duties

  • DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Facilitates and assists with all levels of nursing care provided to participants within a nursing unit or practice location

  • Work with a variety of participants, from pediatric to geriatric, or any specialized areas
  • Provides supervision of Patient Care Technicians to ensure patient safety
  • Ensures all PCT documentation is accurate and complete
  • Ensures all PCT duties have been completed to company and sponsor/protocol-specific guidelines, including, but not limited to: chart documentation, meal compliance, shift report completion
  • Ensures all patient rooms are checked daily for cleanliness and safety
  • Administers medication per protocol and medical standards
  • Provides general nursing care to study participants as necessary; including, but not limited to: obtaining & monitoring of vitals, blood sugar check, lab specimens (blood and urine) collection, and EKGs when necessary
  • Observes and monitors the physical and mental status of study participants throughout shift
  • Communicates in a timely manner to the study staff all notable participant issues
  • Provides a daily verbal and written report at shift change
  • Assures that study participants are engaged in planned activities and are allowed supervised access to the Activity Room
  • Assures proper documentation is in each study participant’s record: shift notes, orders, MAR, etc.
  • Ensures all delegated responsibilities are completed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Identifies potential crisis situations; intervenes in a calm, professional manner
  • Completes all required forms and procedures for admissions and discharges
  • Performs nightly chart audits to ensure all forms are complete, present and accurate
  • Performs Q12 hour physician order checks to assure timely and accurate transcription of orders onto Medical Administration Records
  • Performs nightly crash cart checklist to ensure medications and supplies are within expiration dates and record of disposition
  • Calls in prescription orders and refills to pharmacies per physician orders
  • Handles telephone inquiries in a professional and courteous manner
  • Answers incoming calls when required; takes complete messages and notifies appropriate personnel
  • Maintains confidentiality for study participants at all times
  • Maintains current knowledge to assure a safe working environment and demonstrates practical application of all policies and procedures relative to safety and infection control
  • Utilizes universal precautions in any potential contact with study participant body fluids or used participant supplies that may be contaminated with participant body fluids
  • Projects a positive image of the facility in all interactions
  • Supports effective team functioning
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES – This position requires the following minimal requirements:

  • Knowledge of accepted nursing standards and practices

  • Knowledge of basic pharmacology
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills
  • Skill in providing study participant care in accordance with the facility’s applicable standards, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to present a positive image of the facility
  • Ability to maintain study participant confidentiality
  • Ability to provide guidance to PCTs
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ability to maintain quality control standards
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and written
  • Attention to detail
  • Skill in organization and record maintenance
  • Skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisors and co-workers
  • Ability to complete paperwork with precision and attention to detail
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures
  • Ability to work independently as well as functioning as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and verbally

  • EDUCATION – Graduation from an approved school of nursing is required

  • EXPERIENCE – 1-3 years of nursing experience; Psych experience preferred

  • CERTIFICATE/LICENSE – Current RN/LPN certification required; CPR training provided

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