General Summary of Position:
A nurse is responsible for providing competent professional nursing care using the nursing process. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – 3 Main
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a 36-bed unit providing expert nursing care for infants with a number of critical diagnoses. It is one of two Level IV NICUs in Washington, D.C., which is the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of the most commonly seen diagnoses are:
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Extreme prematurity
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension
- Sepsis/septic shock
- Neurological disorders
- Genetic and/or metabolic disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Surgical needs
The NICU at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the only NICU in the Washington, D.C., region where a Clinical Nurse can participate in high-risk deliveries, be trained as an ECMO Tech, and participate in both flight and ground transports. Our NICU is the major referral center for all MedStar-affiliated facilities, as well as a number of community hospitals in the tri-state area. The NICU offers the following innovative treatments and technologies:
- ECMO: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- Total body therapeutic hypothermia
- Bedside patent ductus arteriosus ligation
- Inhaled nitric oxide
- High-frequency oscillator ventilation
- High-frequency jet ventilation
The NICU nursing staff is incredibly engaged with a remarkable number of nurses participating in Shared Governance and the Clinical Advancement Program. The following committees/councils are Clinical Nurse-led and driven:
- Parent Advisory Support Group
- Practice Council
- Scheduling Committee
- Bereavement Committee
- Developmental Care Committee
- EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Bachelor's degree or higher in Nursing preferred.
- LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse upon hire. Certification in Basic Life Support. Certification in specialty or related specialty preferred.
- EXPERIENCE: To meet unit criteria, at least two (2) years of recent acute care experience in the relevant patient care area. Experience with Cerner (SurgiNet) computerized charting system is preferred.
- SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to perform the nursing technologies. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to set priorities and work under stress.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- PRACTICE & QUALITY
- Provides relationship-based care that promotes continuous, consistent, efficient, and accountable delivery of nursing care using the nursing process.
- Demonstrates professional practice utilizing the framework of the professional practice model and is grounded in a culture of safety and quality.
- COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
- Communicates and collaborates with interprofessional groups to ensure coordination, continuity, and safe care.
- Communicates verbal information and documents written and electronic information that reflects the planned and delivered care for patients.
- Supports and contributes to the unit, department, and organizational goals inclusive of the mission, vision, and values.
- Demonstrates advocacy and support on behalf of interprofessional teams and patients.
- Delegates and supervises nursing staff in providing patient care and assumes leadership roles, e.g., charge nurse role. Participates in the development and implementation of quality activities.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Serves as a preceptor or mentor.
- Participates in professional development activities.
- Incorporates evidence-based practice and research into patient care delivery.
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