Title: Nurse Externship
Supervisor: Charge Nurse/Chief Nursing Officer
Minimum hours worked per week: 36 hours per week
Working conditions: May spend up to 75% of shift completing patient care activities, requiring ambulating and an appropriate body position to complete a task such as squatting or kneeling to help assist patient with dressing. Rest of shift may be spent completing paperwork or computer work for documentation. Transferring patients occasionally to frequently, depending on case load, requires lift of 35 pounds to assist in transfers. A hoyer lift, sit-to-stand lift, or extra assistance may be needed on patients that require extra assist in transfers above the 35 pounds. Nursing COW, which is utilized for documentation and delivering medication, requires 15 horizontal force pounds to maneuver cart 200 feet at one time. 17 pound commodes are carried to patient specific rooms up to 200 feet. Transporting patient recliners from room to room up to 150 feet is completed. Wheelchairs require up to 40 horizontal force pounds to transport patients up to 300 feet. Hospital beds require 60 horizontal force pounds to move bed 2 feet or to initiate movement and require 40 horizontal force pounds up to 200 feet to transport patient from room to room, many times completed by 2 person assist. Acute care shelves are to be stocked, reaching 17 inches from floor up to 83 inches high, which may require use of a step stool to reach appropriate heights. IV bags weighing 7 pounds are lifted up to variable heights overhead to be attached to IV poles. Crash cart requires 20 horizontal force pounds to transport up to 150 feet in emergency situations. Chest tube tray in ER weighing 8 pounds is used in appropriate situations, transported up to 200 feet from ER to patient room. Auto CPR device weighs 25 pounds and is used in emergency situations to be transported up to 200 feet from ER to patient room. In emergency situations, nurse may be required to get onto floor to perform CPR or other emergent patient care. Crawling or getting onto floor may be required to clean up messes made in patient rooms as well.
Management responsibilities: None
Principle duties and responsibilities
1. Follows assigned Registered Nurse to perform all duties required under supervision.