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Registered Nurse - Observation Unit


Clinical Nurse III , Observation Unit

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Night Shift

Our Observation Unit is our newest department at Parkwest, and the first unit of its kind within Covenant Health. The Unit’s main occupants are in and out in under 18 hours. They are a fast-paced, team work driven, high energy unit. The unit is made up of RNs, LPNs, PCAs, and HUCs. During the day the providers caring for patients include hospitalist physicians, NPs and PAs. Our employees utilize modified scheduling, and work every other weekend.

Position Summary: Provides professional nursing care within an assigned unit; coordinates care planning with other disciplines.


+ Correlates patient history and support systems within hospital care/nursing home care.

+ Assesses needs of patient and family.

+ Develops and initiates plan of care, involving patient and family.

+ Recommends interventions.

+ Evaluates plan of care.

+ Clinical expertise and knowledge is such that individual can resolve complex patient/management/physician problems without supervision.

+ Demonstrates competence in performing critical skills to include appropriate delivery of care according to the age-specific needs of the population served.

+ Leads process improvement initiatives in their own unit or participate in facility team.

+ Precepts new employees/students or attends formal preceptor workshop and is willing to precept. Reviews clinical performance of preceptee with unit leader or clinical instructor.

+ Provides four contact hours of educational activities, excluding basic patient education.

+ Contributes to development and evaluation of unit orientation program.

+ Supervises LPNs, Nursing Assistants, HUCs, Techs, and sitters.

+ Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.

+ Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education: None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.

Minimum Experience: Minimum of three (3) years professional experience.

Licensure Requirement: Must have and maintain Tennessee State RN licensure. CPR required


FacilityParkwest Medical Center

Department NameObservation Unit