Inpatient Registered Nurse (RN) Urgent Care/ER

Cherokee Nation Health Services

Job Description

Job Summary

Perform professional nursing duties in the care of patients across the life span, including medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric, and obstetrical patients.

Job Duties

Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and United States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.  Utilize the nursing process to:  Assess patients' clinical conditions, recognizing, identifying and interpreting serious situations, prioritizing, and immediately deciding upon and taking proper action, for example, to inform physician and take preplanned measures.  Formulate nursing diagnoses to appropriately provide care for patients across the life span, from neonates to geriatric patients, including medical, surgical, psychiatric, and obstetrical patients.  Develop a plan of care for individual patients by interviewing patient and family members, reviewing the patient's health record, and determining the kind of health and physical care required, including discharge planning. The plan of care reflects any special cultural, religious, physical, and psychosocial needs identified, and contains expected outcomes individualized to the patient or situation.  Initiate appropriate measures in emergency situations when the physician is not immediately available, for example, take resuscitative measures in case of cardiac or respiratory arrest.  Operate and monitor general and specialized emergency care equipment such as infusion pumps, pulse oximeters, ventilators, cardiac monitors and other specialized equipment.  Administer therapeutic measures as prescribed by the physician such as medications and IV therapy that alter hemodynamic status, respiratory therapy, mechanical ventilation, etc.  Plan, provide and appropriately document the teaching of patients and families in preventative, curative and rehabilitative measures, taking into consideration patients' and families' learning needs, styles, barriers, and readiness to learn.  Record observations, nursing interventions, therapeutic measures administered, and status of coordinated activities between nursing and other professional disciplines.  Evaluate progress toward attainment of outcomes including patient status, interventions, and patient response to nursing and therapeutic interventions, and update the plan of care.   Document specific health care requirements for patients and prepares written assignments to individual team members, matching the skills and abilities of staff to the care requirements of patients. Plan and develop care delivery and implementation of the plan and coordinates the documentation of care.  Assume oversight for patient care administered by licensed practical nurses and unlicensed personnel in any assigned or delegated tasks.   Provide technical guidance, delegation and direction to other registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and unlicensed personnel.  Share responsibilities for sustaining adequate supplies and equipment as well as general upkeep of the unit and in preserving a safe environment.  Maintain knowledge and competency that reflects current nursing practice and promotes professional growth for self and other staff members.  Demonstrate positive role model and leadership qualities.  Adheres to and promotes professional, ethical and legal standards of nursing.  Maintain and promote positive personal work habits, interpersonal skills and public relationships with employees, administration, medical staff, patients and families.  Assist in the accomplishments of any initiative of the facility and or agency through the conscientious performance of assigned duties in support of the Cherokee Nation mission.  Other duties may be assigned.



Associate's degree from 2-year college or technical school in Nursing; or two years (60 credit hours) coursework from 4-year college or university; or three years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



No additional experience.



To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Human Resource systems; Internet software; Order processing systems and Payroll systems.



All Nurses: Valid Oklahoma Registered Nurse (RN) License. Basic Life Support (BLS) can be obtained through orientation and must be maintained throughout employment.


Emergency Department:  Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification within the first six (6) months of hire.  Emergency Nursing Provider Courses (ENPC) and Trauma Nurses Care Courses (TNCC) within the first twelve (12) months of hire.  Triage competency. Minimum of six (6) months of Emergency Department (ED) experience required prior to performing Triage.




Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for child care.


HOURS: 7:30PM to 8:00am; every other week-end



Based on Education and Experience

Employment Type

Regular Full Time

Contact Information

Terry Spears, HR Recruiter, Cherokee Nation Human Resources

Office: 918-772-4278

Email: terry-spears@cherokee.org

**All Applications are accepted on the tribe’s website.

Visit www.cherokee.org for current employment opportunities.

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7:30PM to 8:00am; every other week-end


**Position will be located at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, Ok