South Sunflower County Hospital

121 East Baker Street

Indianola, Mississippi 38751

(662) 887-5235

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Your Hometown Hospital

Job Summary

The RN should demonstrate knowledge of new trends and techniques in nursing.  He/She should demonstrate the appropriate level of competence in administering care to pediatrics, geriatrics, medical, surgical, and trauma patients and be dedicated to bedside nursing.  The nurse will also be responsible for the care of psychiatric patients awaiting admission to the state hospital.  He/She should work efficiently and effectively with others possessing tact, discretion and diplomacy.  He/She should demonstrate leadership, teaching ability, and possess the ability to work under pressure.  



 Essential Functions

  • Include the following, other duties may be assigned.

  • In charge of all activities on his/her designated unity during his/her tour of duty.

  • Maintains the standards of care and implements the policies and procedures of the hospital and nursing department.

  • Assigns nursing care to team members in accordance with the patient’s needs and the personnel’s capabilities.

  • Reports pertinent observations and reactions regarding patients to the appropriate person and records those observations accurately and concisely.

  • Administers medication and performs treatments on all patients.

  • Directs, supervises and evaluates nursing care provided to the patients by subordinate employees on their unit.

  • Assess the patient’s condition and nursing needs, set goals, initiates appropriate nursing action to meet those goals. 

  • Coordinates discharge planning for all patients.

  • Ensures that physician’s orders are transcribed and carried out.

  • Assists physicians with special tests and procedures.

  • Coordinates nursing care of the patients, when scheduled for therapy or procedures by other departments.

  • Initiates the development of individualized care plans and updates existing ones.

  • Starts IVs and monitors intravenous fluids on patients using proper aseptic technique.

  • Administers and monitors blood and blood products per hospital policy and procedure.

  • Demonstrates complete knowledge of the location, care, and operation of equipment.

  • Participates in patient and family teaching.

  • Initiates or assists with emergency measures for a sudden adverse development in patients such as cardiac arrest.

  • Ensures the staff makes regular patient rounds and personally visits all assigned unit patients at least once per shift.

  • Assists in updating and revising the policy and procedure manuals as necessary.

  • Rotates shifts as required including working weekends and holidays.

  • Participates in all hospital wide PI projects

  • Reports all abnormal lab and other diagnostic studies to physician

  • Supervises the economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment is maintained in a clean and safe manner during his/her duty.

  • Prepares and tapes a shift report on matters of pertinence, when his/her tour of duty is ending.

  • Upgrades skills by attending in services and staff meetings.

  • Maintains certifications and licensure as required by the department of nursing

  • Uses CDC infection control procedures when caring for the patient as well as safe practices for their own personal safety.

  • Floats to another unity on occasion to work within their scope of practice, if deemed necessary by the nursing supervisor.

  • Any other duties assigned by Administration or Director of Nursing.


Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit, use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, and taste and smell.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

• Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations

• Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail, and maintain a positive attitude

• Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work

• Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information

• Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

• Ability to handle difficult situations involving patients, physicians, or others in a professional manner.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.




The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.