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SoutheastHEALTH Registered Nurse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Registered Nurse

Nursing - RN Cape Girardeau, Missouri Emergency Department Per Diem



Variable ShiftThe registered professional nurse coordinates, plans, directs and implements the nursing process in the delivery of patient careBegin

  • Welcome patients and perform sign-in entry to Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR) as needed.

  • Greet EMS personnel or escort patients to room

  • Complete patient documentation in EDIS or EMR

  • Collect data appropriate to patient complaint and history

  • Utilizes the nursing process in the delivery of patient care as follows:

  • Assess patients needing immediate attention or intervention and bring to attention of the Emergency Department Physician and/or Emergency Department Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

  • Implement appropriate nursing standards of care

  • After consultation with Emergency Department Physician and/or Emergency Department APRN, initiate appropriate pre-approved protocols

  • Evaluate patient status and responses to interventions and care to include, but not limited to:

  • Documentation of assessment/reassessment of patient per policy

  • Documentation of hourly rounding per policy

  • Documentation of vital signs per policy

  • Documentation of numerical pain score per policy

  • Plan patient disposition:

  • Discharge

  • Complete medication reconciliation

  • Facilitate patient education activities

  • Provide follow-up instructions

  • Admission/Transfer

  • Provide appropriate staff for transfer

  • Complete necessary admission/transfer paperwork

  • Exchange professional report for receiving unit/staff member

  • Perform patient status updates in EDIS or EMR

  • Advise physician and charge nurse of changes in patient’s condition or vital signs

  • Perform hourly rounding per policy to provide appropriate information for patients, family members, and significant others

  • Assist patient to prepare for exam by

  • Providing for patient comfort and privacy

  • Providing gown

  • Document and secure patient clothing, medications, and valuables per policy

  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment

  • Be familiar with procedures, equipment, specialty trays and setups including but not limited to the following:

  • Bag-valve-mask device

  • IV therapy

  • Suction

  • C-spine immobilization and log-rolling

  • Cardiac monitor

  • Defibrillator/pacer

  • Rapid Infuser

  • Warming devices

  • Central lines

  • Chest tube

  • Report to the charge nurse and obtain direction for the appropriate course of action to be taken to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Child abuse/neglect

  • Domestic violence

  • Elder abuse/neglect

  • Animal bites

  • Gunshot wounds

  • Highly communicable/infectious diseases

  • Evaluates the quality and effectiveness of care

  • Participates in chart reviews/audits

  • Participates in process/procedural reviews

  • Provides and accepts constructive feedback

  • Demonstrates activities and behaviors that characterize professional status

  • Engage in peer evaluation of work performance

  • Participate in routine department meetings

  • Active participation in unit based work groups

  • Use critical thinking skills to recognize patient changes and updates appropriate physician or staff

  • If standard of care is not followed appropriately documents and reports to charge nurse and physician on duty

  • Good communication skills with family, patients, co-workers and visitors

  • Conducts self with courteous and professional behavior

  • Assist in assuring appropriate patient flow through the emergency department

  • Listens effectively and provides appropriate information to members of the department and other hospital personnel

  • Keeps current on policy changes

  • Follows department and hospital policies to include ED nursing standards

  • Is flexible and willing to accept new ideas and challenges

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing preferred from an accredited program.

  • ACLS, PALS, or ENPC and TNCC are required as soon as available.

  • NRP or equivalent desired

  • Professional certification preferred.

  • Licensed as a registered professional nurse in the State of Missouri

  • Currently certified in BLS

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English.