Registered Nurse - Rapid Response Team - PRN

York, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 73983

Nursing Resource Team- Rapid Response


Job Description:

Under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager, provides professional nursing care at an advanced level in accordance with the principles of patient and family-centered care based on the nursing process and according to the clinical standards of the hospital. Through early recognition, early response, and advanced critical thinking, the Rapid Response Nurse will assess, organize, intervene, and evaluate changing patient conditions to improve outcomes. In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, the Rapid Response Nurse strives to enhance the quality of care, especially for patients outside the ICU setting. Assists with disposition of patient to higher level of care, if necessary, provides at-the-hip support and coaching to nursing staff, facilitates interventions, and utilizes appropriate order sets to assist in treatment of unstable patients.


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Meets all expectations of CN I.
  2. Within the scope of the Nursing Practice Act, provides consultation to health care providers by performing rapid assessment and intervention to any non-ICU patient who is experiencing acute clinical deterioration.
  3. Works collaboratively to provide care utilizing organizational culture, team structure, expertise, communication, and teamwork.
  4. Mentors and coaches nurses in developing patient assessment and critical thinking skills. Fosters communication skills between team members.
  5. Performs as clinical expert/resource to maintain and improve nursing practice, including expertise in critical care nursing.
  6. In collaboration with the health care team, initiates approved protocols and interventions to improve patient outcomes.
  7. Independently evaluates and monitors the effectiveness of interventions and progress toward outcomes for complex patients. Initiates interdisciplinary collaboration in evaluation of patient progress. Identifies and facilitates individualized patient needs for transfer to higher level of care, as appropriate, and includes patient/family in decisions.
  8. Reviews current literature. Promotes interest in evidence-based research and its application to best practice. Understands clinical relevance and its impact on patient outcomes.
  9. Seeks learning opportunities and resources beyond own work environment and incorporates into practice the new knowledge and skills acquired. Required education and competencies completed, including 30 CEU’s above system required education. Encouraged to share pertinent information and job knowledge, related to readings, educational programs and participation in professional organization activities. Meets mandatory criteria for CNAP II level.
  10. Actively promotes an environment conducive to professional practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and patient and staff safety. Supports Shared Decision Making by unit and/or hospital-wide committee membership or by supporting and helping fellow co-workers attend committee meetings and/or work on SDM projects.
  11. Demonstrates leadership at point of care.
  12. Provides leadership for problem solving and goal formation. Applies organizational priorities to care delivery.
  13. Promotes cooperation and communication among all team members. Seeks opportunities to assist co-workers without compromising individual responsibilities. Gives feedback to team members about unique strengths and contributions. Consistently interacts with others in a manner that is perceived to be positive, supportive, and respectful.
  14. Demonstrates ability to work in a highly dynamic environment and to quickly respond to urgent calls anywhere in the acute care facility.
  15. Displays conflict resolution and negotiation skills to maximize team performance. Provides feedback in a positive and respectful way. Aware of and investigates events that led to conflict; recommends preventative measures or solutions.
  16. Acts as coach to CN I staff for clinical issues and potential advancement opportunities.
  17. Attends meetings as required and participates on committees as requested.
  18. Performs other related duties as identified.
  19. Demonstrates advanced knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span of the assigned patient population. Assesses and interprets patient age specific data and provides appropriate, age specific treatment. Provides direct patient care to assigned patient age group(s).
  20. Demonstrates a commitment to patient, visitor and staff by: complying with all applicable safety regulations; learning the impact of medical errors and methodology that will lead to reduction of errors; reporting actual and potential errors, as well as hazardous conditions; identifying opportunities to standardize processes and "error proof" systems that will lead to increased safety; and participating in safety education programs and root cause analyses as required.
  21. Enhances professional growth and development through advanced/continuing education to maintain up-to-date knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  22. Maintains established policies and procedures, objectives, quality assessment, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  23. Provides outstanding service to all customers using caring behaviors; fosters teamwork; and practices fiscal responsibility through improvement and innovation.


  • Minimum Experience:
    • 5 or more years critical care or emergency department nursing experience
  • Minimum Education:
    • Bachelors of Science, Nursing (BSN)
  • Required Certification:
    • Registration/Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN); Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN); Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) or CCRN/CEN obtained within 6 months for internal candidates
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Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

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