Intensive Care Unit
Position Title: Registered Nurse
Organisation Unit: Acute Services,
Location: Intensive Care Unit, Northland District Health Board
Responsible to: Clinical Nurse Manager, Intensive Care Unit, Northland District
Primary Functions of To provide a holistic approach to clinical nursing care/services
the Position: which nurtures and supports the patient/client/family/whanau,
assists with rehabilitation and promotes health and well being.
Provision of nursing care is in consultation and partnership with
the patient/client/family/whanau, and where the rights and needs
of all people are acknowledge within the context of the Treaty of
Waitangi. Provision of nursing care treats each individual with
courtesy and respect; and enables all people to feel ‘safe’ within
the hospital environment.
To ensure efficient and effective use of resources.
To maintain/promote/develop an environment where service
improvement is an integral part of nursing practice.
The Registered Nurse will develop and maintain excellent relationships with:
Clinical Nurse Manager St Johns Ambulance
Registered Nurses Northland Emergency Services Trust
Enrolled Nurses Hospice
Health Care Assistants
Occupational Therapy Department
Takawaenga / Maori Health Liaison
District Nursing Service
Director of Nursing
Nursing & Midwifery Directorate
General Manager – Surgical Services
Acute Pain Service Team
Key Responsibilities and Expected Outcomes
Northland District Health Board has established a set of values by which the organisation will
respond, in part, to achieving its goals and objectives through their workforce. The following
Values and supporting statements are expected behaviours of each individual employed with
Values Supporting Statement
People First People are central to all we do
Tangata I te tuatahi
Respect We treat others as we would like to be treated
Whakaute (tuku mana)
Caring We nurture those around us, and treat all with dignity and
Communication We communicate safely, openly and with respect to promote clear
Whakawhitiwhiti korero understanding
Excellence Our attitude of excellence inspires success, competence,
Taumata teitei (hirangi) confidence and innovation
The registered nurse applies knowledge and skills from theory and research to the
practice of nursing.
The registered nurse will demonstrate knowledge and commitment to ethical and legal
issues for safe practice as per Northland Health Policies, Procedures and Standards of
The registered nurse will integrate the principles of health promotion in all aspects of
The registered nurse practices in a manner, which recognises and respects the unique
cultural identity of all people and safely meets their needs, expectations and rights. The
registered nurse incorporates the principles of the Tiriti O Waitangi into nursing practice
The registered nurse will interact effectively with interdisciplinary team members,
patients, their family members and other therapeutic relationships.
The registered nurse can demonstrate accountability and take responsibility for his/her
personal nursing practice and future development.
The registered nurse will practice in a manner which recognizes and supports a safe
occupational, legal, ethical, physical and cultural environment.
The position of Staff Nurse encompasses the following major functions or key result areas:
Clinical, Ethical and Legal Safety
Health Promotion and Education
Inter professional Practice
Professional Development and Leadership
Treaty of Waitangi
Health and Safety
The outcome requirements of the above key responsibility areas are outlined below:
Key Responsibility Area Expected Outcomes
Clinical Practice – The The registered nurse establishes a collaborative non-
registered nurse threatening relationship with patients and family and
applies knowledge and whanau.
skills from theory and Demonstrates effective verbal and non verbal
research to the practice communication skills when interacting with practitioners and
of nursing patients.
Includes patient, family, whanau in setting goals, planning of
care and supports their informed decision making.
Demonstrates the ability to act as an advocate for the
Competently performs clinical skills and obtains
designations relevant to the specific area of practice.
Demonstrates ability to develop, evaluate and change care
plans/clinical pathways or plan of care.
Demonstrates an ability to understand patient
data/information and its implications for practice.
Identifies and interprets changes in patient condition, and
Demonstrates ability to plan workload and prioritise
Communicates information both written and verbal, to
ensure continuity of patient care.
Demonstrates knowledge of resources, systems and use of
Demonstrates knowledge of resources available for
discharge can formulate and implement discharge care
Key Responsibility Area Expected Outcomes
Clinical, Ethical and Can demonstrate a working knowledge of relevant Northland
Legal Safety – The Health policies and procedures.
registered nurse will Demonstrates understanding of safe work practices of the
demonstrate knowledge department and hospital as set out in the Health and Safety
and commitment to Manual.
ethical and legal issues Demonstrates an awareness of relevant legislation and
for safe practice as per organisational policies on work practice.
Northland Health Identifies the components of an ethical dilemma and is able
Policies, Procedures to seek guidance to achieve a resolution.
and Standards of Demonstrates ability to engage in reflection and use of
Nursing Practice. problem solving approach to work through ethical and legal
Identifies where resources may be used effectively and
Demonstrates accurate and timely documentation which is
legible, with a verifiable signature and date.
Demonstrates an ability to work without imposing personal
values and beliefs.
Health Promotion and Demonstrates an ability to plan ongoing care, to meet
Education – The identified health promotion/education needs of the patient
registered nurse will and family/whanau.
integrate the principles Identify network of support people to meet patient
of health promotion in educational needs.
all aspects of his/her Demonstrates the ability to incorporate the principles of the
practice. Treaty of Waitangi in health promotion and education of
peers, patients, families and whanau.
Inter-professional Demonstrates an ability to work effectively with the
Practice – The interdisciplinary team and other health providers.
registered nurse will Demonstrates an awareness of self in patient and
interact effectively with interdisciplinary relationships.
interdisciplinary team Contributes to the development and implementation of
members, patients, service and department quality plan.
their families and other Demonstrates knowledge of staff support systems, eg.
therapeutic Conflict Resolution, Employee Assistance Programme and
relationships. Hospital Chaplaincy.
Key Responsibility Area Expected Outcomes
Professional Participates in peer review with preceptor, buddy or clinical
Development and resource, in conjunction with Clinical Nurse Manager to
Leadership –The identify, plan and develop learning needs.
registered nurse can In collaboration with peers provides and seeks feedback
accountability and take After identifying own learning needs will participate in
responsibility for education and course relevant to practice and
his/her personal professional/personal development.
nursing practice and Actively participates in performance review.
future development. Assists in the support of preceptorship of new staff.
Actively participate in unit based teaching sessions. Can
initiate, co-ordinate, support teaching activities for
colleagues and patients.
Is able to demonstrate learning outcomes relevant to PDRP
development eg. Case studies, exemplars, teaching plans,
presentation of portfolio
Treaty of Waitangi Contribute to the promotion of the principles of Treaty of
Waitangi and the involvement if Maori within the decision
making process for their health and independence, within
District Health Board management processes and
Include the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi within all
aspects of the role and its outcomes
Ensure that consultation and engagement processes include
appropriate mechanisms to meet the need of Maori in a
culturally appropriate and safe manner
Attend the Northland District Health Board Treaty of
Health & Safety Ensure compliance with designated responsibilities detailed
in Northland District Health Board’s Health and Safety Policy
Promote an environment of physical, occupational, cultural,
ethical and legal safety
Observe safe work practices, rules and instructions relating
to work, and be pro-active in hazard management
Willingly co-operate in the achievement of all health and
safety goals and initiatives by:
Practicing and observing safe work methods;
The use of safety equipment;
Reporting unsafe conditions or equipment; and
Reporting and documenting all accidents or incidents
Attend Good Stuff Day annually
Variation of Duties
Duties and responsibilities described above should not be construed as a complete and
exhaustive list as it is not the intention to limit in any way the scope or functions of the
position. Duties and responsibilities can be amended from time to time either by additional,
deletion or straight amendment by the Clinical Nurse Manager to meet any changing
conditions, however this will only be done in consultation with the employee.
Education and Qualifications
Registered general/comprehensive Intensive Care Nursing qualification
Nurse with Nursing Council of New Post Graduate qualification
Zealand Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Holds a current annual practicing
Recent acute surgical, medical or Recent Intensive Care experience
paediatric nursing experience Recent High Dependency experience
Awareness and Understanding of
The Treaty Of Waitangi and its Health and Disability Commissioner
application to the health setting (Code of Health and Disability Services
Health and Safety in Employment Act Consumers’ Rights) Regulations (1996)
(1992) New Zealand Council of Healthcare
Privacy Act (1993) and Health Standards
Information Privacy Code (1994)
Nursing Council of New Zealand
Competencies for the registered nurse
scope of practice
Health Practitioners Competence
Assurance Act (2003)
Skills & Personal Attributes
Ability to problem solve
Ability to listen, share information and knowledge in a warm respectful manner
Enjoys working in a team
Sense of humour
Performance Development Review
An initial review of performance will be conducted after three months, with an annual review
An individual Development Plan will be developed to reflect the contribution this position is
expected to make towards achieving the team’s objectives and measures. Key result areas
will be developed and agreed at this time.
Acceptance of the position implies acceptance of this position description.
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