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Registered Nurse – Aged and Sub Acute

/   |   Posted on September 8, 2022

If you are seeking a work/life balance, a supportive and welcoming team and organisation that embraces change to ensure the best possible outcomes for our residents and patients then look no further……

Neerim Health is a not for profit Hospital, Health Service and Aged care facility with Private Hospital status located in Neerim South, West Gippsland.

The organisation has Sub-acute hospital beds, Aged care beds and Short-Term Restorative Care packages and a busy operating Theatre/day procedure unit, .

As a result of continued growth and internal changes, we are currently seeking Registered Nurses to fill permanent positions.

Applicants must hold a current APHRA Registration along a valid Police Check and Working with Children’s check. 

 Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous experience in acute and/or sub-acute nursing
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.  
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage many different demands and work priorities.
  • Experience in chronic disease management including respiratory, cardiac and diabetes management
  • Experience in supporting clients with complex psychosocial issues
  • Experience in aged care or aged care related field
  • Knowledge in ACFI and the assessment requirements

Your rewards are:

  • Flexibility in order to achieve a work/life balance
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Support in accessing ongoing professional development
  • A supportive and welcoming team
  • An organisational commitment to best practice and risk management in line with Safer Care Victoria principles

Remuneration

Salary and conditions are in accordance with your individual employment agreement and the NH EBA. Remuneration Packaging is available in accordance with current legislation.

Please forward your resume and a covering letter addressing the key selection to hr@neerimhealth.org.au.

For a full position description please email hr@neerimhealth.org.au

Neerim Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity organisation that values inclusion and diversity and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children in line with our Child Safety Commitment Statement.

Part time and casual position available

Position Title:

Registered Nurse – Aged and Sub-acute

Program:

Organisation wide

Reports to:

Nurse Unit Manager Aged and Acute Care

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Our Purpose

To provide high quality care in an environment in which the organisation can flourish

Our Vision

To be considered the most highly valued provider of community and individual wellbeing

Our Values

A passion and commitment for what we do

Professionalism, respect for all and a commitment to diversity and social inclusion

A commitment to quality and continuous improvement

Enthusiasm in working together for a common goal to meet the changing needs of our community

Neerim Health (NH) is a private not for profit entity owned by its members. It is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012) and is located in the township of Neerim South with a population of 1300.
NH has a 90-year history serving the community and there is strong community support and ownership of the organisation. NH has a Board of Management elected from the local community who have a strong mix of professional skills and an active interest in the community and its development.
The organisation has a mix of services including:

  • 25 register residential aged care beds with full Accreditation achieved in April 2018
  • 8 hospital beds
  • Operating Theatre Unit performing ophthalmic, endoscopic and dental procedures
  • 10 bed surgical day procedure unit
  • Commonwealth funded Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Packages
  • NH is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services as a private hospital
  • Provision of Meals on Wheels services

NH has the equivalent of 40 full time staff made up of approximately 90 full time, part time or casual staff. There is also a very active volunteer base.

The Registered Nurse is responsible to the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) and the Director of Nursing for the provision of high quality comprehensive and individualised patient care. The Registered Nurse practices according to their own level of educational preparedness and competence.

  • Perform duties within the context of NH philosophy, values and policies and procedures
  • Acknowledge and respect the diversity in the nature of our residents, patients and clients and the many aspects of their lives – physical, psychological, spiritual and social
  • Work as per your contract of employment, relevant Award / Agreement and agreed roster
  • Read and understand all policies and procedures including all revised policies and procedural documents
  • Understand and work within the Risk / Quality Management Framework including policies, procedures, tools, templates and reports as applicable throughout the organisation
  • Work within the parameters of general legislative compliance – including but not limited to OHS laws and guidelines, Fair Work Australia Act, Aged Care Act, Privacy Act, Health Records Act
  • Follow the objectives of the strategic and operational plans as directed by the CEO

Nursing:

  • Provide high quality patient/resident care in partnership with patients/residents and their significant others, and other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Assume responsibility for direct nursing care in accordance with the model of care of the unit, policies and standards and National Safety & Quality Healthcare Standards.
  • Incorporate principles of ethical decision making and using evidence-based practice, formulate, implement and evaluate client/patient care plans.
  • Recognise and respond to changes or deterioration in the patient’s/resident’s condition, undertake appropriate clinical assessments, undertake appropriate clinical procedures and document variation in the plan of care.
  • Recognise and report adverse events and incidents to the Nurse Unit Manager or DCS outside of business hours. or delegate.
  • Starting from the initial episode of care, develop an effective discharge plan that reflects the need of the patient/resident and significant others.
  • Commitment to flexibility and innovation in practice including an evidence-based approach to care.
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate excellence in customer service and safety and comfort to patients, residents, visitors and staff

Administration:

  • Ensure the optimal use of all resources within the unit to provide patient/resident centred care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge /willingness to learn the ACFI and the assessment requirements
  • Contribute to the maintenance of adequate ward stock and pharmacy supplies.
  • Check equipment required for each shift and report faulty equipment.
  • Adhere to relevant documentation systems and ensure high standard of completed documentation.
  • Utilise information technology effectively

Safe Practice and Environment:

  • Use personal protective equipment Standard AS4187-2003, department policy and procedure and infection control manuals.
  • Ensures disposal of soiled linen and medical waste is carried out according to Infection Control and Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines
  • Ensure staff compliance with Infection Prevention and Control requirements including Pandemic Planning and management

Confidentiality:

  • Ensure that any personal, private or sensitive information obtained regarding a staff member or client remains confidential.

Improving Performance:

  • Contribute to quality service delivered to customers through Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
  • Actively contribute to improving performance. Contribute and participate in Accreditation activities/visits and participate in the implementation of the AACQA and NSQHS Accreditation Standards.
  • Implement Accreditation Standards and other relevant Standards within the Unit.
  • Maintain knowledge of the relationship between quality improvement, risk management and incident forms, and ensure all incidents, near misses, hazards, etc. are reported
  • Contributes to the implementation and evaluation of quality systems

Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulatory requirements, professional standards and guidelines.
  • Comply with the nursing professional code of ethics and conduct.
  • Demonstrate professional practice in accordance with ARHRA standards for the Registered Nurse.
  • Completion of applicable annual mandatory training requirements: including Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Safe Patient Handling, Manual Handling, Fire & Evacuation, Infection Control-hand hygiene, Annual Clinical Competency and Asepsis.
  • Implement the standards of health and safety and comply with OH&S legislative employee requirements.
  • Report workplace injuries to DCS/CEO and work effectively with staff on return-to-work programs.
  • Identify and report clinical risks via the NH Risk Management Framework
  • Ensure NH policy and procedures are implemented.
  • Comply with relevant legislative Acts, e.g. OH&S Act 2004, Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and report concerns/breaches to DON/CEO.
  • Acts to maintain infection control standards and undertakes Infection Control activities as directed.
  • Comply with employee relation legislation and NH Code of Conduct requirements and report concerns/breaches to DCS/CEO.
  • Ensure all incidents are accurately documented and investigated at the time of an incident and the DON or delegate is informed.
  • Responsible for the reporting of any malfunctioning equipment and/or facility to the appropriate line manager.
  • Dispose of waste promptly and according to NH Waste Management Policy.
  • Adhere to Infection Control policies and procedures as identified in the NH Infection Control Manuals.
  • Adhere to emergency procedures as detailed in the Emergency Procedure Manual.
  • Ensure compliance with Safe Patient Handling program.

Specialist Knowledge:

  • Ensure provision of contemporary care services that meet the individual needs of customers
  • Ensure clinical care meets the individual social, spiritual, cultural and physical needs of aged residents and patients.
  • Completes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to maximise individual care for each customer.
  • Promote and respect the rights of all customers.
  • Assume rotation into senior roles when delegated or required to do so, based on the level of educational preparation and competence.

Team work:

  • Function as a team member consistent with the policies and procedures of the Health Service.
  • Achieve teamwork through effective collaboration and communication processes, recognise roles of, and collaborate with team members in the wider health care team.
  • Complete delegated work tasks effectively and appropriately.
  • Recognise and seek assistance from appropriate staff members when tasks fall outside of ability.
  • Contributes to the orientation and welcoming of new staff to the unit and the team.
  • Contributes to the teams through committee membership or supporting colleagues fulfilling committee membership.
  • Mentor or preceptor staff as directed by the DCS or delegate.
  • Act as a resource for Graduate Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, casual nursing staff and PCA.

Professional/Personal Development:

  • Commit to ongoing education and personal development.
  • Negotiate clinical learning objectives with the DCS.
  • Use resources when presented with unfamiliar situations
  • Identify own learning and development needs, actively pursue and participate in relevant educational programs and personal development activities.
  • Maintain current professional knowledge and skills relevant to the position
  • Act to ensure Annual Leave and ADO liability comply with NH policy.
  • Act responsibly in relation to rostering practices
  • Act to ensure Annual Leave and ADO liability comply with NH policy.
  • Promote and support the mandatory competency framework for Nursing Services, ensuring compliance issues are addressed within an agreed timeframe.

  • The employee is required to maintain strict confidentiality with reference to all matters pertaining to patients within the Health Service and externally. Failure to observe this requirement may be regarded as misconduct warranting termination and incurring liability to penalty pursuant to Section 141 of the Health Services Act 1988.
  • The employee is required to participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement Program to encourage excellence of care within the Health Service.
  • The employee is required to adhere to NH Code of Conduct.

A self-appraisal of professional work performance will be completed in each rotation, identifying learning needs. Self-appraisal to be discussed with/conducted by relevant Nurse Unit Manager in consultation with the DCS.

 

Key Competencies:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures and to prioritise tasks in line with the demands of the service.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safe work practice.

Personal Attributes:

  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to providing a customer focussed service
  • Ability to use initiative.
  • Capacity and willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
  • Commitment to corporate vision, mission, values and agreed critical strategies.

 

  • Registered Nurse Division 1 – APHRA registered in Victoria
  • Previous experience in acute and/or sub-acute nursing
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage many different demands and work priorities.
  • Experience in chronic disease management including respiratory, cardiac and diabetes management
  • Experience in supporting clients with complex psychosocial issues
  • Experience in aged care or aged care related fields

  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with your individual employment agreement and the NH EBA
  • Remuneration Packaging is available in accordance with current legislation.
  • NH operates under an Equal Opportunity Policy and Occupational Health & Safety Policy in accordance with current legislation.
  • Effective risk / quality management is a core competency expected of everybody involved at NH
  • The Registered Nurse is expected to conduct her/himself with professional integrity towards residents, patients and clients
  • Under the Accident Compensation Act, it is the applicant’s duty to advise NH of any pre-existing condition, which could be aggravated by the type of employment they are applying for. Failure to do so seriously jeopardises any entitlement the employee might have for a work-related aggravation of that non-disclosed pre-existing condition.
  • Under the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation all applicants are required to undergo a National Police Check and a Statutory Declaration is required for any staff working in aged care

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