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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0006 / Specialty Nurse/RN
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: AE14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Provides and coordinates defined specialty care and associated services to a defined population. Operates in a range of clinical, academic, research, and/or community outreach settings. Assesses patient and associated needs, develops and implements intervention plans, and evaluates response. Collaborates with other health care providers and/or community services, as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Independently obtains detailed health histories and performs physical assessments on a selected patient population; treats acute/chronic medical problems, as per physician approved protocol.
  2. Performs or assists in procedural care requiring complex nursing skills and clinical judgement.
  3. Plans, facilitates, and provides community outreach and/or educational activities within area of specialty to patients, families, health care staff, faculty and students; may travel state-wide to various outreach locations to provide services.
  4. Coordinates, monitors, and evaluates provider care and services, to include home and school visits, and physician hospital visits for the specified population; supervises and/or coordinates patient care by support staff within clinical environments.
  5. Notifies attending physician on call, the house physician, or the primary physician, as appropriate, regarding unusual or unexpected events/problems requiring direct physician consultation.
  6. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  7. Trains and educates nursing staff and ancillary student populations, as appropriate, in clinical procedures; coordinates in-service training, continuing education, orientation, and other related training functions.
  8. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
  9. May perform clinical research as appropriate to specific operations.
  10. Develops and/or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of the organization.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Associate's degree in Nursing; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure OR current RN licensure from a state participating in the multistate privilege to practice compact with New Mexico.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of drugs and their indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, and proper administration.
  • Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of CPR and emergency medical procedures.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of primary care principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Advanced nursing skills in area of specialty.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Specialty licensure/certification may be required, as specified by the department.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017