Bozeman Health

Job Description

Must possess the skills and abilities to engage in the nursing process including but not limited to the assessment, nursing analysis, planning, nursing intervention and evaluation in the promotion and maintenance of the patient's health across the continuum of life. Must have the skills needed to supervise and delegate appropriate functions to subordinate personnel. Must have the skills/abilities to evaluate and ensure that the medical plan of care is carried out. Must have the educational, physical and mental capabilities to perform procedures common to their nursing unit.

Must complete department specific competency validation checklists within four (4) month probationary period or as designated per topic.

If Lactation Consultant:
Prenatal appointment opportunities to offer prenatal breastfeeding counseling, and to introduce and promote the OB services offered (lactation program, hearing screening, Lamaze Classes, follow-up, etc.)
Teach the prenatal breastfeeding class.
Daily rounds to evaluate and educate if needed each breastfeeding mother in the hospital after delivery, before discharge.
Follow-up phone calls to each mother after discharge.
Out-patient visits for lactation evaluation. Home visits optional.
Make and accept lactation referrals from physicians and/or hospital.
Breast pump dispensing and education for all mothers needing a pump.
Lactation support for staff.
Staff and physician education yearly or as needed.




Current Montana Registered Nurse License




NRP Certification required within 6 months of hire
Recertification of NRP required every 2 years during employment as per ANA guidelines
FHM competency course (APS on-line course) or equivalent AWHONN approved course completed within 6 months of hire (not required if a Lactation RN)
Recertification of FHM required every 2 years thereafter (not required if a Lactation RN)
ACLS required with 1 year of hire (not required for Lactation RN)
ACLS recertification is required every 2 years thereafter (not required for Lactation RN)
BLS Certification through the American Heart Assocation as Health Care Provider

If Lactation Consultant:
Current certification in lactation consulting/counseling (CLC, IBCLC)
Certification must be maintained and continuing education as required




1 year Labor and Delivery


Collects Comprehensive data pertinent to the patient's health or the situation (Assessment)
Collects data in a systematic and ongoing process.

Involves the patient, family and other healthcare providers in data collection

Prioritizes data collection activities based on the patient's immediate condition, or anticipated needs of the patient or situation

Uses evidence-based assessment techniques in collecting pertinent data

Uses problem solving thinking

Synthesizes available data, information and knowledge relevant to the situation to identify patterns and variances

Analyzes the assessment data to determine diagnoses or issues (Diagnosis)
Derives the patient nursing diagnoses or issues based on assessment data

Validates the nursing diagnoses or issues with the patient, family and other healthcare providers when possible and appropriate

Documents nursing diagnoses or issues in a manner that facilitates the determination of the expected Outcome or plan

Identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the patient or the situation
Involves the patient, family and other healthcare providers in formulating expected outcomes

Develops culturally appropriate expected outcomes for the diagnoses

Develops expected outcomes that provide direction for the continuity of care

Modifies expected outcomes based on changes in the status of the patient or evaluation of the situation

Develops a plan that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes (Plan of Care)
Develops an individualized plan of care considering patient characteristics or the situation

Develops the plan in conjunction with the patient, family and others as appropriate

Includes strategies within the plan that address each of the identified diagnoses or issues

Provides for continuity within the plan

Establishes plan priorities with the patient, family and others as appropriate

Utilizes the plan to provide direction to other members of the healthcare team

Implements the identified plan of care
Implements the plan of care in a safe and timely manner

Documents implementation and any modifications to the plan of care

Utilizes evidence-based interventions and treatments specific to the diagnoses or problem

Collaborates with nursing colleagues and others to implement the plan of care

Coordinates the implementation of the plan of care

Documents the coordination of care

Employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment
Provides health teaching that addresses such topics as healthy lifestyles, risk-reducing behaviors, developmental needs, activities of daily living and preventative self-care.

Seeks opportunities for feedback and evaluation of the effectiveness of health teaching strategies used

Systematically enhances the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice
Demonstrates quality by documenting the application of the nursing process in a responsible, accountable, ethical manner.

Uses the results of quality improvement activities to initiate changes in nursing practice

Uses creativity and innovation in nursing practice to improve care delivery

Incorporates new knowledge to initiate changes in nursing practice

Participates in quality improvement activities, including but not limited to:

Identifying aspects of practice important for quality monitoring

Using indicators developed to monitor quality and effectiveness of nursing practice

Collecting data to monitor quality and effectiveness of nursing practice

Analyzing data to identify opportunities for improving nursing practice

Formulating recommendations to improve nursing practice

Implementing activities to enhance the quality of nursing practice

Developing, implementing and evaluating policies, procedures and/or guidelines to improve the quality of practice

Participating on interdisciplinary teams to evaluate clinical care

Participating in efforts to minimize costs and unnecessary duplication

Attains knowledge and competency that reflects current nursing practice
Participates in ongoing educational activities related to appropriate knowledge bases and professional issues

Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning through self-reflection and inquiry to identify leaning needs

Seeks experiences that reflect current practice in order to maintain skills and competence in clinical practice or role performance

Acquires knowledge and skills appropriate to the specialty area, practice setting, role or situation

Maintains professional records that provide evidence of competency and life long learning

Seeks experiences and formal and independent learning activities to maintain and develop clinical and professional skills and knowledge

Evaluates one's own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules and regulations
The registered nurse's practice reflects the application of knowledge or current practice standards, guidelines, statutes, rules and regulations

Provides age appropriate care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner

Engages in self- evaluation of practice on a regular basis, identifying areas of strength, as well as areas in which professional development would be beneficial

Obtains informal feedback regarding one's own practice from patients, peers, professional colleagues and others

Participates in systematic peer review as appropriate

Takes action to achieve goals identified during the evaluation process

Provides rationales for practice beliefs, decisions and actions as part of the informal and formal evaluation processes

Interacts with and contributes to the professional development of peers and colleagues
Shares knowledge and skills with peers and colleagues as evidenced by such activities as patient care conferences or presentations at formal or informal meetings

Provides peers with feedback regarding their practice and/or role performance

Interacts with peers and colleagues to enhances one's own professional nursing practice and/or role performance

Maintains compassionate and caring relationships with peers and colleagues

Contributes to an environment that is conducive to the education of healthcare professionals

Contributes to a supportive and healthy work environment

Collaborates with patient, family and others in the conduct of nursing practice
Communicates with patient, family and healthcare providers regarding patient care and the nurses role

In the provision of that care
Collaborates in creating a documented plan, focused on outcomes and decisions related to care and delivery of services that indicates communication with patients, families and others

Partners with others to effect change and generate positive outcomes through knowledge of the Patient or situation

Documents referrals, including provisions for continuity of care.

Integrates ethical provisions in all areas of practice
Delivers care in a manner that preserves and protects patient autonomy, dignity and rights

Maintains patient confidentiality within legal and regulatory parameters

Serves as a patient advocate assisting patients in developing skills for self advocacy

Maintains a therapeutic and professional patient-nurse relationship with appropriate professional role boundaries

Demonstrates a commitment to practicing self-care, managing stress, and connecting with self and others

Reports illegal, incompetent or impaired practices

Integrates research findings into practice
Utilizes the best available evidence including research findings to guide nursing practice decisions

Actively participates in research activities at various levels appropriate to the nurse's level of education and position as opportunity affords

Identifying clinical problems specific to nursing research (patient care and nursing practice)

Participating in data collection

Participating in a formal committee or program

Sharing research activities and/or findings with peers and others

Conducting research

Critically analyzing and interpreting research for application to practice

Using research findings in the development of policies, procedures, and standards of practice in patient care

Provides leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession
Engages in teamwork as a team player and a team builder

Works to create and maintain healthy work environments

Displays a commitment to life-long learning for self and others

Teaches others to succeed by mentoring and other strategies

Exhibits creativity and flexibility through times of change

Demonstrates energy, excitement and a passion for quality work

Willingly accepts mistakes by self and others, thereby creating a culture in which risk-taking is not only safe but expected

Inspires loyalty through valuing people as the most precious asset in an organization

Directs the coordination of care across settings and among caregivers including oversight of licensed and unlicensed personnel in any assigned or delegated tasks

Serves in key roles in the work setting by participating on committees, councils and teams

Promotes advancement of the profession through participation in professional organizations.

Stroke Competency:
Complies with hospital policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines related to care for patients with hyperacute and acute stroke.
Participates in two hours of initial cerebrovascular disease (stroke) education by November 1, 2018, or within one year of hire.
Participates in one hour annually of cerebrovascular disease (stroke) education.

Employment Type

Casual Call (Per Diem/As Needed)