Mercy Medical Center Clinton Nurse extern -emergency in Pontiac, Michigan


OA101_22005 Emergency

Expected Weekly Hours:



Rotating Shift

Position Purpose:

Job Description Details:

The Contingent Nurse Extern functions as a collaborative member of the health care team in partnership with and under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse (RN). Utilizing principles of Relationship-based Care, performs basic direct patient care to a specific group of patients. Actively supports the activities of the unit-based shared governance council. Promotes organizational commitment and excellence in the patient care experience, and in compliance with the standards of professional behavior within nursing.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education, Licensure / Certification and Experience Required.


  • Currently attending and in good standing at an accredited school of nursing. Enrollment in a bachelor's program.

  • Must maintain continuous "active" student status.

  • Must have successfully completed two (2) clinical nursing rotations, of which one was a Medical/Surgical rotation.

Licensure / Certification:

  • BCLS (Basic Life Support Certification) required.

Special Skill / Aptitudes:

  • Increased complexity of assignment, when the Contingent, Nurse Extern provides documentation or relevant courses and has demonstrated competencies to complete procedures according to unit guidelines.

  • Organizational and time management skills necessary to complete responsibilities of role.

  • Assigned hours within your shift, starting time, or days of work are subject to change based on departmental and/or organizational needs.

  • Ability to use and effectively integrate positive communication approaches to meet diverse patient needs, optimize resources, and adapt care processes to accommodate changes in the healthcare environment.

  • Excellent customer service orientation skills necessary in order to deal effectively with various levels of hospital personnel, outside customers and community groups.

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates principles of Relationship-based Care to cultivate and maintain therapeutic relationships as a means to optimal healing and collegially function as an interdisciplinary care team member.

  • Performs basic bedside care and selected procedures under the direction and supervision of a RN. Applies progressive knowledge and skills acquired through a formal nursing program in order to perform increasingly more complex care activities.

  • Performs activities of daily living (ADLs) appropriate to the patient's condition under direction and supervision of RN.

  • Provides individualized care consistent with the plan of care under the direction and supervision of the RN.

  • Provides basic nutritional support to patients such as bed setup, assistance with feeding, and collection and documentation of intake and calorie count as appropriate.

  • Performs learning opportunities to meet the educational needs of the patient and family under the direction and supervision of the RN.

  • Reports changes in patient condition to the RN timely.

  • Assists with the admission process by collecting selected assessment data, applying necessary equipment, labeling patient's clothes and belongings, informing patient/family of unit routines, etc.

  • Provides patient care that reflects respect for patients' rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs and attention to providing comfort, relieving pain, and alleviating anxiety.

  • Provides individualized care consistent with the plan of care under the direction and supervision of the RN.

  • Seeks, evaluates and incorporates feedback for improvement of own performance utilizing feedback from

  • Clinical Leader/RN in order to identify clinical improvement opportunities. Participates in self-appraisal.

  • Actively engages and participates in unit-based and other committees and initiatives that promote patient and workplace safety, optimal patient outcomes and satisfaction.

  • Takes personal accountability to seek out experiences in order to maintain skills and competence and to develop role as a progression towards that of a Registered Nurse.

  • Integrates principles of the Personal.Connected.Journey and demonstrates the Trinity Health Guiding

  • Behaviors to provide excellent care of self, patients and care team members.

  • Contributes to the SJMO culture of excellence by modeling professional behavior both in the organization and in the community.

  • Performs other various duties as assigned. These duties may vary depending upon the unit, patient type and need, number and complexity of treatments provided. Additional duties may also include non-clinical duties consistent with meeting the needs of the patient and care team.

  • Demonstrates and actively promotes an understanding and commitment to the mission of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland through performing behaviors consistent with the Trinity Health Values.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations, the Trinity Health Organizational Integrity Program, including the Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and professional behaviors.

  • Supports and conducts one's self in a manner consistent with customer service expectations.

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Trinity Health employs more than 120,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 21 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

Trinity Health offers rewarding careers in a community environment with all the advantages of working at one of the nation's largest health systems. We provide high-quality, people-centered care in 22 states through our network of hospitals, facilities, community-based services, and continuing care locations - including home care, hospice, Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and senior living facilities. If you are looking for a rewarding clinical or administrative position, you'll find exceptional career possibilities, opportunities for advancement and a job with meaning at Trinity Health.

Trinity Health employs more than 131,000 colleagues across 22 states. We honor and embrace a diverse representation of people, ideas and backgrounds. Our dedication to diversity is evident in our commitment to training, education, recruitment, retention and development, as well as community partnerships and supplier diversity.

Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences and health practices of the communities we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive outcomes. We recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world, and that our differences not only serve to unite us, but also lead to innovative solutions.