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Clinical Nurse I - Critical Care

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Job ID: 207217
Category: Nursing
Work Type: FT
Location: Plainsboro, NJ, United States
Work Schedule: FT night shift - 7p-7a

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

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  • The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice is a newly licensed new-to-practice RN or RN with less than 15 months of experience that demonstrates basic safe practice within the organizational professional practice model. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice seeks guidance to integrate concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet standards for competent professional nursing practice as specified in the Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice position description. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice exhibits PMPH organizational behavioral competencies which reflect its mission and are embedded in the professional practice competency domains. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice is accountable for the provision of direct care to patients who may range in age from infancy to the elderly and demonstrates within the competency domains of Continuous Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Leadership, Person and Family Centered Care, Professionalism, Safety, Teamwork, and Technology/ Informatics (Definitions listed below). The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice works closely with the inter-professional health care team to facilitate the coordination of care across the continuum. The nurse focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care based on physical, psychosocial, cultural, educational, safety, and age appropriate considerations of assigned patients. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice requires consultation with more experienced clinicians and benefits from feedback while demonstrating growth in the ability to care for increasingly complex patients. The nurse demonstrates how nursing practice impacts the organizational vision, mission, and goals and the care delivery system. The nurse complies with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice /Apprentice must complete all Clinical Nurse 1 competencies and is expected to advance to the Clinical Nurse 2 Colleague level by 18 months of professional practice.


  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): The nurse utilizes data and QI methods to identify potential and actual problems and opportunities to provide care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable. Describes the use of QI process. Recognizes how data is uses in QI efforts. States an understanding of how unit quality affects system effectiveness. Participates as a team member on a performance improvement project. Clinical Example: Evidence Based Practice and Research - The nurse evaluates and integrates best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient and family preferences and values for the delivery of optimal health care and system effectiveness. Elicits and respects patient and family values when considering EBP decisions. Participates in data collection for research and/or EBP improvements. Consults with experts when the basis for practice is questioned. Clinical Example: Leadership - The nurse effectively collaborates and applies innovative, systems thinking to engage in systematic, evidence based problem solving and decision making to promote effective changes within a complex care delivery system supporting the vision of Penn Medicine. Supervises patient care provided by others for which the nurse is responsible by using best practice management, leadership and evaluation and delegates and collaborates effectively to meet patient care needs. Demonstrated engagement in unit and system initiative as well as the ability to learn on the fly. Communicates thoughts, feeling, and ideas to justify a position and employs appropriate social skills. Develops conflict resolution skills for self and team members, listens objectively to all sides of an issue before making judgement, and initiate action to resolve conflict. Clinical Example: Person and Family Centered Care - The nurse recognizes the patient (or the patient’s designee) as the source of control and a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs. Develops and understands effective communication with patients and families regarding the clinical plan of care, engages them as active partners in care, fosters a healing environment keeping the patient and family at the center of all decision while assessing the patient’s and family’s ability and readiness to learn adapting the teaching plan accordingly. Completes comprehensive systematic assessment relevant to the practice setting integrating clinical reasoning and knowledge as the foundation for decision-making and empowers the patient and family to take an active role in the care development process. Identifies cultural needs and perspectives in the relief of pain, discomfort and suffering through incorporating and supporting cultural competence, diversity and inclusion into practice while understanding that each patient is unique. Utilizes ethical, legal, and regulatory principles in the provision of care balancing patient’s rights and organization’s responsibilities in providing professional and ethical care. Assumes responsibility and authority for establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient and creating an individualized plan of care while assuming accountability for all nursing outcomes. Promotes family presence and participation in care in accordance with the patient preferences. Clinical Example: Professionalism: The nurse demonstrates a commitment to the nursing profession through lifelong learning, adherence to ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses, participation in a professional organization and advancing community outreach. Actively contributes to a healthy work environment and seeks to develop effective communication skills that contribute to a healthy work environment. Participate in shared decision-making and shared governance activities that promote the development and practice of nursing, valuing the recommendations of professional nursing organizations and others and supports decisions once they have been made and agreed upon adjusting practice accordingly. Adheres to the ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses and professional nursing/organizational standards. Articulates the application of and integrates high ethical standards and core values into everyday work activities displaying sound moral and ethical character and judgement while promoting accountability. Demonstrates willingness to learn and actively engage in personal and professional growth establishing and following through with personal goals that support unit, organizational and Penn Medicine goals and imperatives. Clinical Example: Participates in formal and informal peer review and actively seeks and accepts constructive feedback through supervisor and peer review. Demonstrates responsibility for continued competency in nursing practice.


  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required)
  • Registered Nurse - NJ (Required)

Education or Equivalent Experience:

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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