University of Maryland Medical System

General Summary

This role is reserved for the new graduate or nurse with less than 12 months experience. The nurse will

utilize this time to learn the institution and nursing practice. It is expected that a nurse in this role successfully

pass the probationary period within 12 months (18 months maximum with a defined action plan developed

with manager). Utilizes the nursing process as the frame of reference for practice as a professional nurse.

Participates in activities to develop own practice, and to support group practice goals at the unit level.

Functions effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary health care team. Is accountable to patient, family

and team members for care provided, and to the nurse manager for totality of work performance.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by

people assigned to this classification. These are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties

performed by personnel so classified.

Clinical Practice/Care Delivery

  1. Novice; focus of clinical practice/care delivery is on own learning
  2. Uses/applies evidence based practice; accesses appropriate resources
  3. Follows unit based protocols, documentation, pathways, etc
  4. Involves patient and family in care; follows Relationship Based Care guidelines
  5. Conducts patient/family needs assessment; initiates and documents patient/family education
  6. Assists with precepting students, PCT or peer for isolated days (not accountable for entire orientation); may assist with share days or shadow days PRN

Professional Development

  1. Responsible for accessing education applicable to self professional development; focus on
    completion of competencies appropriate for patient care setting.
  2. Successful completion of orientation within 12 months (18 months for those with an identified
    development plan).
  3. Accountable for orientation e.g. assignments, goal setting, communication of needs, attending
    required orientation meetings, etc).
  4. Accountable for achieving/maintaining requirements for unit practice, such as Triage for ED nurses, arrest team role for ICUs.
  5. Attends mandatory training and education classes specific to unit/department.
  6. Support and attend educational offerings such as Journal Clubs, Nursing Grand Rounds, in-services.


Service Quality/Safety

  1. Follows unit protocols and Best Practices addressing NSQI.
  2. Supports unit based initiatives for process improvement plans, including data collection.
  3. Aware of patient/family satisfaction scores and contributes to unit initiatives for improvement.
  4. Recognizes potential/actual patient/family issues and seeks assistance to address.
  5. Participates in collecting data to evaluate RBC outcomes, such as hand offs, medication safety, etc.
  6. Participates in some or all elements of research.

Unit Operations

  1. Supports Charge Nurse role and demonstrates basic understanding of the role.
  2. Actively contributes to teamwork (cooperates with peers, flexible with assignments, takes admissions as required, etc).
  3. May orient to charge if needed (situation dependent upon unit and individual’s progress).
  4. Attends staff meetings (per unit protocols).
  5. Aware of and supports unit, divisional and organizational governance structure and opportunities.
  6. Participates in unit level decision making via governance model; provides feedback as appropriate.
  7. Participates in organizational initiatives such as surveys (Employee Opinion, MHA Retention and others).
  8. Provides feedback for peer review as requested.
  9. Maintains standards for unit operations (equipment maintenance, scheduling guidelines, etc).
  10. Maintains regulatory requirements for The Joint Commission readiness; participates in tracer activities.

Education & Experience

  1. Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland, or eligible to practice due to Compact state agreements outlined through the MD Board of Nursing, is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.
  2. Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information.
  3. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.

Working Conditions

  1. Weekend, shift work, holiday, on-call, and overtime may be required.
  2. Work requires maximum lifting weight of 35 lbs when participating in patient care tasks 50% of the time to position and/or assist patients on to carts or into wheelchairs or beds, and generally, with ambulation. Work requires standing and/or walking for up to 100% of scheduled work time; maximum lifting weight of 50 lbs when lifting equipment and supplies.
  3. There is potential for regular exposure to patients possessing infectious diseases requiring observance of universal precautions requiring wearing protective clothing, gloves, and mask as appropriate, and observance of safe work practices.

Patient Safety

Ensures patient safety in the performance of job functions and through participation in hospital, department or unit patient safety initiatives.

  1. Takes action to correct observed risks to patient safety.
  2. Reports adverse events and near misses to appropriate management authority.
  3. Identifies possible risks in processes, procedures, devices and communicates the same to those in charge.