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Nurse Extern Orthopedics

CommonSpirit Health

This is a Full-time position in Lexington, KY posted April 27, 2022.

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health.

With more than 700 care sites across the U.S.

& from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S.


Our world needs compassion like never before.

Our communities need caring and our families need protection.

With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.

Per Diem, 7a-7p, Saint Joseph Main Hospital, Orthopedics

Job Summary / Purpose
The nurse extern will gain experience in a realistic professional nursing work environment by assisting in the delivery of both direct and indirect nursing care under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse within the scope of practice of unlicensed, assistive personnel.

Essential Key Job Responsibilities
Skills and procedures
Performs clinical procedures in a competent manner, following appropriate policies and procedures, under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

Obtains vital signs, intake and output, accuchecks and documents per unit protocol.

Obtains blood and blood products from the blood bank.

May assist in identifying blood before administration.

Assists with trach care, suctioning, G-tube and feeding tube insertions and maintenance, and simple/complex dressing changes.

Assists physician before, during, and after procedures within facility and unit guidelines.

Demonstrates knowledge related to age appropriate behavior of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors to assess the growth and development of the patient.

Provides routine and procedural hygiene needs.

Assists in meeting patient’s activity needs.

Obtains specimens as directed.

Assists/Performs post-mortem care.

Provides emotional support patients and assists with monitoring recovery from any procedures.

Communicates effectively with all members of the health care team.

Maintains complete patient confidentiality.

Reports changes in patient’s condition or other pertinent data to RN immediately.

Assists with patient and family education, as appropriate.

Quality and Safety
Attends shift huddles and in-services, as appropriate.

Demonstrates safe and proper use of equipment.

Uses personal  protective  equipment  and  complies  with  all  universal  precautions  and blood-borne pathogens regulations.

Cleans and checks for malfunctioning of stretchers, wheelchairs, bedside commodes, and I.V.

poles according to unit protocol.

Identifies and immediately reports any actual or potential hazard observed in the hospital environment.

Demonstrates knowledge of all safety and emergency codes
Professional Development
Dresses professionally and wears name badge at all times.

Performs AIDET before any patient and family interactions.

Actively participates in all Nurse Extern activities
Required Education
Currently enrolled (3.0 GPA or higher) and has completed at least one year in an accredited School of Nursing and has completed at least one medical surgical clinical rotation.

Required Licensure and Certifications
Current BLS certification

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated career path which demonstrates progressive leadership responsibilities and project management
Able to work collaboratively to achieve desired department, facility and regional results
Skilled and articulate in both verbal and written communication
Demonstrated abilities in clinical reasoning and problem solving