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Clinical Nurse I - Plainsboro, NJ - Full-time

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Job ID: 133074
Category: Nursing
Work Type: FT
Location: Plainsboro, NJ, United States
Date Posted: May 16, 2022
Work Schedule: Days 7:00am-7:00pm. Some weekends required

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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.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


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.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The SCU (Surgical Care Unit) is a 36 bed medical-surgical unit with a specialized focus on patients receiving inpatient surgical interventions.


Position Description:


1. 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.

a. Recognizes how data is uses in QI efforts

b. Describes the use of QI process

c. States an understanding of how unit quality affects system effectiveness

d. Participates as a team member on a performance improvement project

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2. 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

a. Participates in data collection for research and/or EBP improvements

b. Consults with experts when the basis for practice is questioned

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3. 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.

a. Demonstrated engagement in unit and system initiative as well as the ability to learn on the fly

b. Communicates thoughts, feeling, and ideas to justify a position and employs appropriate social skills

c. 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

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4. 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

a. 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

b. 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

c. 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.

d. 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.

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5. 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

a. 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

b. 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.

c. 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

d. Participates in formal and informal peer review and actively seeks and accepts constructive feedback through supervisor and peer review

e. Demonstrates responsibility for continued competency in nursing practice and develops insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and life-long learning

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6. Safety: The nurse minimizes risk of harm to patients, families, providers and self through system effectiveness and individual performance.

. Recognizes and responds to unsafe situations using available resources to prevent injury. Articulate the appropriate documentation of unsafe events and propose solutions to correct future occurrences

a. Communicated concerns related to safety risks to patient, families and the healthcare team, responds to patient and family safety concerns, engages patient and family in partnership to promote safety and promotes active patient and family engagement in care

b. Integrates safety principles, National Patient Safety Goals, the NJ State Board of Nursing and the American Nurses Association Scope of Standards of Practice and the standards for safe medication administration into own practice

c. Recognizes the benefits and limitations of safety enhancing technology, utilizes pharmco-therapeutics to ensure best possible outcomes for patients and when near miss or errors occur, utilizes the organizational error reporting system for reporting.

d. Recognizes own limitations and seeks assistance when needed and delegates work appropriately providing direction and guidance to clinical support personnel

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7. Teamwork: The nurse effectively engages in the process of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration in an effort to provide for safe, quality outcomes for patients within inter and intra-professional teams, including virtual teams.

. Participated as an effective team member by fostering open communication and shared decision making while using respectful language appropriate for a given difficult situation, crucial conversations, or inter- professional conflict

a. Embraces the cultural diversity and individuality of health care team members and recognizes the impact of his/her behaviors on others

b. Acknowledges own contributions to effective and ineffective team functioning and solicits input from other team members to improve individual and team performance

c. Demonstrated active engagement in enhancing patient care and promoting a positive workplace environment

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8. Technology/Informatics: The nurse utilizes appropriate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making across the continuum.

. Demonstrates the ability to use clinical systems and technology to accomplish a specific task and protects patient confidentiality

a. Documents and plans patient care in the EMR and consistently provides accurate, timely and complete documentation in the EMU while utilizing the EMR to communicate with the care team and evaluate patient needs

b. Identifies and responds appropriately to clinical decision support notifications and alerts

c. Participates in risk evaluation and states an understanding of the legal implication of late or inaccurate EMR documentation



1. Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures. Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization.

Minimum Requirements: Education

• Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing or in pursuit of a BSN


Related Work Experience

• Less than 15 months professional nursing experience

• Active New Jersey Registered Nurse License (required prior to first day of hire) required

• Basic Life Support Certification (required prior to first day of hire) required

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.

Live Your Life's Work

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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