Occ. Code 5506210

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 1, GRADE 14

5506210

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 2, GRADE 16

5506220

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 3, GRADE 20

5506230

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Teaching and Research Center Nurses, as professional registered nurses, diagnose and treat responses to actual or potential health problems by means of nursing methods and techniques such as case finding, health teaching and counseling.  Incumbents provide care supportive to and restorative of health and well-being, while adhering to a medical regimen.  These positions are only located in teaching and research center hospitals operated by the State University of New York. 

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 1: provides care to patients requiring specialized nursing care in those settings where conditions and treatment are normally of a non-critical nature; when assigned to care for patients in critical care areas, works under close supervision of higher level Registered Nurse.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 2:  serves patients who are critically ill or require treatment which is complicated by the need for intensive care or the use of new and innovative treatment techniques. 

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 3: charge nurse for assigned unit; supervises patient care; may be involved in teaching and orientation; may exercise an active role in department.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 1

 

Under the direction of a Teaching and Research Center Nurse 2, the incumbent:

 

-          Prepares or assists the supervisor in the preparation of a nursing plan which complements the patients’ comprehensive treatment plans and medical needs.

 

-          Carries out treatment procedures, administers medications and observes patients’ conditions, notes changes and reactions to nursing care, medications, and other prescribed treatments.

 

-          Records and maintains patients’ medical records regarding nursing observations and actions taken such as nursing care, medications and treatments administered, reactions to treatments, tests, the intake and output of liquids and solids, and the patients’ vital signs.

 

-          Records nursing needs of patients on nursing care plan to assure continuity of care.

 

-          May train paraprofessional staff by way of demonstrations and the provision of written and oral instructions in the performance of nursing techniques and in the use of nursing equipment.

 

-          As a member of a treatment team, the incumbent participates in the development, implementation and revision of the patient/resident nursing care plans.

 

-          In accordance with the treatment plan, carries out treatment procedures, administers medications, and observes patients’/residents’ conditions, changes in reactions to medications, and medical and psychiatric treatments.

 

-          Screens patient by inquiring about symptoms and circumstances concerning the malady or injury, and records findings and observations on the patients’ records.

 

-          Assesses findings and either refers patient directly to physician in emergency cases where immediate medical attention is indicated, or initiates appropriate remedial action.

 

-          Assists the physician in performing physical examinations by recording findings and providing material and equipment required for the examination and treatment.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 2

 

Under the direction of a Teaching and Research Center Nurse 3, the incumbent:

 

-          Assesses the patients’ condition and nursing needs; coordinates nursing care activities with other health disciplines involved in the treatment effort to relate and integrate the nursing regimen with the treatment plan for patients.

 

-          Develops a written individualized care plan which includes teaching needs and discharge planning.

 

-          Participates in the orientation of new personnel and the performance evaluations of nursing staff.

 

-          Assigns duties to professional and paraprofessional personnel based on patients’ needs.

 

-          Administers direct care when professional nursing skills and judgment are needed.

 

-          Administers medications.

 

-          Reports and records observations, responses and reactions to the appropriate person.

 

-          Directs, supervises and evaluates nursing care provided to patients.

 

-          Supervises patient care and staff assignments on a specific shift.

 

-          Practices infection control and participates in the maintenance of a clean and safe environment.

 

-          Assists with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments in patients, such as cardiac arrest.

 

-          Classifies patients.

 

-          Participates in the Quality Assurance program and committee.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 3

 

Under the general direction of a Nurse Administrator, Director of Nursing, or Assistant Director of Nursing, the incumbent:

 

-          Plans, directs, and supervises nursing practices on a nursing unit.

 

-          Delivers patient care serving as a role model, teacher, and resource person.

 

-          Assesses the work methods of the nursing staff providing feedback to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the care delivered.

 

-          Insures the development, documentation, and implementation of nursing care plans.

 

-          Integrates medical treatment into patient care activities and collaborates with the medical staff to provide safe care.

 

-          Coordinates the medical and nursing care needs of the residents with other disciplines and departments.

 

-          Ensures proper functioning of equipment.

 

-          Ensures compliance with safety and environmental standards.

 

-          Monitors the quality of nursing care rendered and the documentation of the nursing process.  Implements corrective actions and re-evaluates the impact of remedial actions taken.

 

-          Identifies staffing learning needs and collaborates with unit educators to develop and implement educational programs.

 

-          Participates in resident and family educational programs.

 

-          Participates in the selection of staff and when appropriate in the selection of candidates for promotion.

 

-          Participates with the Nurse Administrator and other members of the Nursing Department in the orientation of new employees.

 

-          Assumes responsibility for the implementation of the orientation plan.

 

-          Reviews expectations and the evaluation process with each new employee.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 1

 

Open Competitive:  possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered nurse in New York State.

 

 

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 2

 

Open Competitive:  possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered nurse in New York State and one year of post-licensure acute care* nursing experience.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing may be substituted for one year of the experience.

 

Promotion:   one year of permanent competitive service as a Teaching and Research Center Nurse 1, Grade 14.

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH CENTER NURSE 3

 

Open Competitive:  possession of or eligibility for a license to practice as a registered nurse in New York State and two years of post-licensure acute care* clinical nursing experience.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing may be substituted for one year of the experience.

 

Promotion:   two years of permanent competitive service as a Teaching and Research Center Nurse 2, Grade 16 or one year of permanent competitive service as a Teaching and Research Center Specialty Nurse, Grade 18.

 

*Acute care is defined as medical services provided for illnesses that are short-term (usually less than 30 days), intense, and have a relatively severe to very severe course, requiring knowledge and expertise in the vigilant monitoring of subtle changes in the patient’s condition, as well as ability to quickly recognize and identify potential problems and conditions resulting from a previous disease.

 

Date:  12/02

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.