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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4124 - Registered Nurse

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervision: performs work of considerable difficulty in performing general duty nursing tasks; performs related work as required.

The work of this class involves responsibility for giving professional nursing treatment and care to residents according to established rules, regulations and standard practices of the profession under the supervision of a Head Nurse or Nurse Supervisor

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Responds to residents' calls and renders services.
• Prepares and applies dressings and gives medications and treatment as prescribed by physicians.
• Maintains accurate inventory of narcotics and other drugs.
• Observes symptoms and takes and records temperatures, pulses, respiration and blood pressures.
• Keeps clinical charts and reports daily on the condition of patients.
• Gives oral medications as ordered.
• Gives injections as ordered and starts infusions on doctor's orders.
• Cares for medical supplies and equipment.
• Gives enemas and douches, catheterizes residents, irrigates bladder, and administers oxygen.
• Supervises and guides Nurse's Aides in performance of routine nursing activities.
• Makes rounds with visiting physician and does necessary paperwork.
• Contacts families or relatives if resident has needs.
• Plans and coordinates resident's plan of care.
• Writes federally mandated Minimum Data Sheet (MDS).
• Oversees documentation to comply with IDPA reimbursement rules.
• Prepares report on residents for next shift.
• Supervises Nurse's Aides on weekends, evenings and nights.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Principles, standards and methods of professional nursing
• Modern sterilization, immunization, diagnostic and other medical and laboratory procedures, tests and analysis, and bedside nursing methods
• Use of narcotics and other medication
• Supervisory principles and practices

Skill in:
• Maintaining accurate records
• Performing general duty nursing tasks
• Applying therapeutic treatments as prescribed
• Verbal and/or written communications

Ability to:
• Work effectively with others
• Act as a team leader
• Understand and carry out detailed verbal and written instructions
• Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, residents and their families, other county personnel and the public

Exercises supervision over and provides assistance to Certified Nursing Assistants.

Completion of coursework for a diploma in Nursing from an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Lifting ( light, moderate or heavy loads) Requirement to lift up to 50 lbs.
Example: Transfer and reposition residents. Mechanical lifts are used for residents unable to bear any weight. Lifting boxes and supplies.

Pushing ( light, moderate or heavy loads) Moderate to Heavy Pushing.
Example: medication carts, supply carts, pushing residents in mechanical lifts or wheelchairs. 

Carrying (light, moderate or heavy loads) Light to Moderate
Example: Carrying food trays, full bed pans, medical equipment, boxes, supplies, full laundry bags, etc.

Sitting ( number of hours) Up to 1 ½ hours over an 8 hour shift.
Continuous sitting not likely. Sitting during break times, feeding residents and completing required documentation.

Reaching (how high) Reaching overhead up to a distance of 6 feet.
Example: Placing or removing items from shelves. May need to crouch or stoop.
Use of fingers ( how many)
All fingers are needed for both hands.

Use of hands (right, left or both) Both right and left hands are needed for lifting, carrying, feeding, bathing, turning and positioning, etc.
Walking (how far, number of hours)

Standing (number of hours)

Use of legs (right, left or both) Both right and left hands are needed for lifting, carrying, feeding, bathing, turning and positioning, etc.
Intact hearing, smell and sight.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

This position requires possession of an Illinois Registered Nurse Certificate.