Staff Nurse III, Charge Nurse at Kaiser Permanente
almost 2 years ago
As an experienced staff nurse and charge nurse in the emergency department, it is necessary to be a quick thinker, flexible, and true leader in the nursing profession. Day-to-day job requirements include directing the flow of patients into the emergency department, assisting with patient care, offering advanced assessment and guidance to new nurses, and prioritizing care of all the patients that enter the department. In this position, the nurse communicates and engages with a variety of other team members to accomplish the highest level of patient care, including doctors, respiratory therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, security personnel, an others.
I was placed at Kaiser Permanente for my medsurg 2 rotation. I was oriented to the floor for the first 2 weeks and cared for 1 - 2 patient within that time. I performed full patient care on 3 patients by the 3rd or 4th week. My nurse preceptor kept an eye on everything I did and intervened accordingly. I administered medications, communicated with the interdisciplinary team, performed assessments, offered emotional support and applied nursing interventions. I was fairly independent in the setting.
Student nurses prepped for their patient(s) in the morning (6-6:30am) as patients usually aren't assigned until the day of.