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3 Nursing Job Description Samples & Guide Made for 2022

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Stephen Greet, Co-founder

March 11, 2022

Nurses can be found virtually anywhere you can think of, including many public service fields. They hold a vast array of responsibilities in their mission of patient care, including checking vitals, updating paperwork, performing blood transfusions, administering medication, or any number of tasks depending on their specialty. 

Beyond physical tasks like those listed above, nurses are experts at patient counseling. They comfort, advise, and listen to patients, and many nurses even go above and beyond, like when a group of nurses set up prom in the hospital for a teenage patient or when a surgery nurse snuggled a little boy because his mother couldn’t be there.

But being a nurse isn’t all hugs and smiles—they must provide life-saving aid while bound to strict schedules and long hours. They must maintain professionalism at all times, even hiding tears when patients breathe their last. It’s a heavy burden, but one that nurses because of their dedication to their community.

We know that hiring nurses can sometimes feel as difficult as the graveyard shift at the ER, which is why we’ve provided this guide to help you find the best nurses for your healthcare needs.

Nursing Job Description Example

Job details: Our mission at Cedar Ridge Clinic is to take care of our patients and our amazing staff. We strive to make each workday better than the last, which we achieve thanks to our amazing nurses, physicians, and other clinic staff members. We also offer a competitive benefits package and monthly staff challenges to encourage you to keep the joy in your job.

We are looking for an experienced LPN who will work one-on-one with physicians to provide patient care. They will be responsible for assisting patients and establishing a trusting and friendly relationship with providers. This role is perfect for LPNs who love working with families in a routine environment where they can establish long-lasting relationships.

Responsibilities

  • Screen patient and evaluate immediate treatment 
  • Record patient information and medical history
  • Perform basic health-related tasks, including, but not limited to, drawing blood, taking vitals, administering fluids, and inserting IVs
  • Operate standard medical equipment
  • Process and analyze lab results
  • Communicate with physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and other healthcare staff
  • Provide discharge instructions
  • Educate patients on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations based on medical history and current condition
  • Advocate for patient’s needs to physicians
  • Stay current with advances in health care options, medications, and treatment plans
  • Assist physicians and other healthcare staff as needed, including helping with minor procedures

Qualifications

  • ASN from an accredited university (BSN preferred)
  • Minimum 3 years nursing experience, preferably in an urgent care setting
  • WA Nursing License
  • Adaptive, quick thinker who performs well under stress
  • Strong time management and organized  
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communicator
  • Friendly and compassionate 

Benefits

  • $50k–68k annual salary
  • Health, dental, vision, and disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid training
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Holiday and weekend bonuses
  • Staff recognition programs

About the company: Cedar Ridge Clinic has been supporting families around Anacortes, WA, since 2001. Our founder wanted to create a clinic that felt like home, which has earned us our Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service for the past 10 years. Our clinic is truly like no other with staff members who love coming to work and healthcare professionals who care. No matter your medical dilemma, we’re committed to providing the care you need when you need it. Welcome home to Cedar Ridge Clinic!

Registered Nurse (RN) Job Description Example

Job details: Rocky Summit Rescue is committed to providing professional and top-quality medical care. We bring the best rapid response critical care to all patients in any situation. No matter the incident, you can count on RSR to be there for you and your loved ones. 

Our aeromedical evacuation nurse will work on one of our BK117-B2 helicopters to provide medical services under extreme conditions and high stress. They will care for patients of all ages and abilities before, during, and immediately after transport to the nearest medical facility. They must be proficient and experienced in trauma medicine as well as familiar with aerospace medical practices and procedures. Most of all, they must have a clear head and a strong leadership ability to take charge when things go wrong.

Responsibilities

  • Triage at the scene to determine most critical conditions
  • Answer questions and provide support for family and concerned parties on-site
  • Administer emergency on-site treatments
  • Package patients for transport
  • Administer pre-hospital critical care and emergency medicine
  • Manage in-flight medical care for up to 3 patients
  • Monitor patient vital signs
  • Communicate with flight physician
  • Prepare and coordinate plans with pilot and medical crew 
  • Manage/lead the mission until patients have been delivered to trauma center, which may span beyond 24 hours at a time
  • Participate in briefs before and after each mission
  • Answer questions for follow-up discussion after mission, adhering to federal and organization privacy laws
  • Restock and maintain aircraft and equipment after each mission
  • Conduct research and further training while on-call
  • Follow pilot and doctor orders as needed throughout missions

Qualifications

  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Minimum 10 years experience in emergency or trauma medicine
  • Must be a CO certified RN
  • Must be a Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) 
  • Certificate in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP)
  • Certificate in CPR
  • Must be available to be on-call for 24-hour shifts 
  • Must be physically fit and able to withstand extreme flight conditions for extended periods 
  • Demonstrated history of leadership 
  • Adaptable and level-headed under extreme pressure

Benefits: We provide a competitive benefits package for 20+ hours weekly.

  • Salary: $89k–117k depending on experience
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 401(k) matching
  • Paid time off
  • Paid training
  • Tuition reimbursement (will also reimburse for continued clinical training)

About the company: Rocky Summit Rescue was founded in 1957 in Boulder, CO. We are proud to be part of the MRA but even prouder to be part of our community. We partner with local medical facilities and volunteers to save lives and provide top-tier emergency medical care to patients of all ages. Our team is comprised of experienced professionals who love their co-workers and their job. We love it when our community is accident-free, but when incidents happen, count on RSR to come to your rescue.

ICU Nurse Job Description Example

Job details: St. Maisha Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital committed to providing world-class care to our community. We believe everyone deserves high-quality healthcare regardless of cost, so we hold ourselves to the highest standard possible. These standards reflect our performance in our ICU; our ICU staff members effectively serve our patients with love and compassion when they are with us.

Our ICU nurse will attend to each patient’s needs with an emphasis on safe and compassionate care. They will leverage prior nursing experience to partner with healthcare personnel to create and carry out treatment plans for each patient per ICU rules & regulations.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor and evaluate changes in patients’ condition, alerting medical personnel as needed when emergencies arise
  • Communicate with the patient, healthcare professionals, and family members regarding patients’ conditions and treatment plans
  • Complete and update documentation for patients, including medical records
  • Provide basic medical assistance, including administering medications, taking vital signs, cleaning wounds, and other basic assessments and aid as needed 
  • Operate as a liaison between patients and other parties, which includes patient advocation and support
  • Monitor patients’ progress during recovery 
  • Adjust treatment plans as patients’ conditions change and/or according to patients’ history or doctor orders
  • Support and actively listen to each patient with a willing and compassionate attitude
  • Attend to patients’ needs beyond medical tasks, which may involve delivering meals, providing supplies, or contacting family members
  • Keep current on modern medical practices, especially as it relates to patients’ conditions
  • Ensure procedures and treatments are in accordance with hospital rules/regulations as well as federal and state health and safety laws

Qualifications

  • BSN
  • CA Registered Nurse
  • ACLS, BLS/CPR, and adult CCRN certification required (PALS certification a plus)
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a critical care unit or ICU
  • Must be available to work 12-hour shifts multiple times a week, including weekends, with some holidays
  • High emotional intelligence 
  • Adaptable and strong critical thinker 
  • Strong interpersonal communicator

Benefits

  • $96k–115k annual salary depending on experience 
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • 403(b)
  • Paid training
  • Paid time off
  • Employee assistance
  • Parental leave

About the company: St. Maisha Hospital was founded in McFarland, CA, in 1987 to provide professional healthcare at no cost to the community. We are a non-profit funded by churches across the United States. We thank each one of our sponsors for their generosity, so we can continue providing our community with quality healthcare.

We are proud to have been Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work” in 2017 and 2018, and we’ve ranked in the top 25 of Nursing Professionals’ “Top 100 Hospitals” for the past 15 years. We’ve also been voted the best healthcare facility in CA in 2021 according to Best Reader’s Choice Poll from TBC Media.

Write a Nursing Job Description to Attract Quality 

Imagine trying to care for a patient when the only instruction you’re given is to “take care of patients.” It sounds nice—until you realize you have no idea what that means. What’s wrong with the patient, what equipment and resources are at your disposal, and what has been done for their care in the past?

Unfortunately, most nursing job descriptions are sparse and vague. They don’t explain the specifics of the job or why the organization is hiring in the first place. Since your job description is your first interaction with your new nurse, it’s important to get it right. Take the time for due diligence, and give the right information in the right dosage.

Give the right information from the start

One of the cornerstones of good job descriptions is specificity, especially when it comes to why you’re hiring. Don’t write a one-sentence nursing job description. (And yes, we have seen this!) 

Get to the heart of the issue instead. Is the ER short-staffed during the night shift? Do you have a specialized clinic and require an RN to work with patients daily? Does your hospital have a temporary need for an ICU nurse? Give nurses context, so they know what they’re up against.

Write your job description one step at a time

You’ve got your reason for hiring and the general guideline of specificity. Now what? Follow a nurse’s example, and take the process one step at a time in the proper order. 

The first step is getting words on the page. Start with one section at a time, beginning wherever you’re most familiar. Jot down the bare minimum until you have a solid outline. Then circle back and continue adding details to each section until it’s complete. 

Keep in mind, “complete” doesn’t mean “long.” Your job description should neither be just a paragraph nor pages and pages long. Just like how too much medicine is a disaster waiting to happen, too much information can ward off applicants, so give only the information your new nurse needs. 

Revise your nursing job description 

You have the essentials—now it’s time to make it shine. Eliminate anything irrelevant, and replace vague statements with concrete information. Nurses pay strict attention to details, so your details should be unique, accurate, and honest. 

You should also examine your tone. Nurses are honest and empathetic, which should be reflected in your job description. Being overly formal will only turn away applicants since it can come across as uncaring and sterile.

After content revision, send out your job description for feedback. Healthcare professionals often seek second opinions, so you should, too. Have a few coworkers read through it, and if you can, ask the opinion of a few nurses who work in the department of your future new nurse. Have them think critically about readability, content, and flow.

With constructive criticism in hand, make the needed edits. Then, just as nurses customize their treatment for each patient, tailor your formatting so your job description looks attractive and professional on every job board.

All that’s left is to hit “submit” and celebrate—you’re that much closer to hiring! Soon enough, you’ll have a stack of nurse resumes awaiting your perusal. 

Start with a skeleton of your nursing job description    

Hard time organizing your thoughts? Use the outline below to structure your nursing job description to include everything you need.

Job details: Also called an introduction or summary, this is where you’ll give context: what healthcare organization you work for, why you’re hiring, and whom you’ll be hiring. Be brief and concise.

What you’ll be doing/Roles/Responsibilities/Requirements: Just like drugs have names aplenty, this section can be called many things but will always have the same goal: telling the applicant what they’ll do on the job. Although nurses complete many tasks in a day, you don’t have to list them all. Some responsibilities can be lumped together in umbrella statements. 

Just don’t rely too heavily on experience to summarize the requirements. Only listing “2 years experience as an RN” is lazy, unprofessional, and not helpful in providing a complete picture of your needs. If you’re fumbling to hit a balance between general and specific, take a look at some of our examples below.

Examples: 

  • Package patients for transport
  • Administer pre-hospital critical care and emergency medicine
  • Process and analyze lab results

Qualifications: Nursing can be a very niche field with positions for every healthcare concern imaginable: forensic nurses, geriatric nurses, nurse educators, clinical nurse midwives, and more. Each position requires different experience and certifications, so don’t skimp on qualifications. Nurses need to know exactly what’s needed for the specific role—no more, no less.

Examples:

  • BSN from an accredited program
  • Minimum 10 years experience in med-surg facility
  • Adaptive, quick thinker who performs well under stress

Benefits: Nursing can be an extremely unforgiving job, but adding a benefits section reassures your future nurses they’ll be looked after just as well as their patients. When listing a salary (or hourly pay), use a range, as it allows you flexibility based on your new hire’s experience and credentials. 

About the company: Here’s where you can describe more about your organization, but don't overdo it. Anything longer than two quick paragraphs is overkill. Future nurses do need to know the culture of your institution, but they don’t need to know your whole history at this exact time. Always remember you’re writing this job description for the applicant’s benefit, not to sound perfect for the press or public relations.

The many duties and functions of a nurse     

In a single day, nurses may wipe tears, administer pain medication, take measurements, comfort families, recommend tests, consult physicians, set up or clean treatment rooms, fetch items, and far more. They are educators, healers, comforters, cleaners—the seemingly tireless who always have a smile. Nursing isn’t for the faint of heart or body.

If you need inspiration for what to include in your nursing job description, check out the functions below to get an idea of what nurses do daily. Not all nurses will take on all of these roles, but it’s a good way to get started (and, hey, if you are in healthcare, this is a good list to inspire your nurse cover letter).

Educator

  • Nurses not only have to do the job, but they also have to explain it. Nurses are there to tell patients about their treatment plans, discharge instructions, and answer any questions the patients have. If you need answers, nurses have them (or can get them). 
    • Answer patient questions regarding treatments, inform families and patients about treatment plans in a timely and friendly manner, and demonstrate steps for patient care to patients and families through multisensory learning.
    • Promote a healthy lifestyle for patients by explaining the necessity of proper nutrition, exercise, medication, and recommended treatment. 
    • This role will require flexibility and competent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication. Must be able to communicate with a variety of audiences regarding complex medical matters.

    Communicator

    • Communication is the heart of a nurse’s job. They talk to patients, relay information to doctors, trade ideas with fellow nurses, and share updates with families. Interpersonal communication is vital, but incredibly so when you consider the critical and sensitive information nurses handle daily. One misplaced word can result in dangerous consequences, so nurses must be clear communicators. 
      • Establish rapport with patients and families immediately, record medical histories/symptoms/treatment plans, and discuss patient care with fellow nurses and doctors.
      • This role will require strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication. Strong critical thinking skills and adaptability are also non-negotiable. 

    Counselor

    • We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: nurses are excellent counselors. They are the ones who interact the most with patients, so they see the wide cycle of emotions their patients experience. Nurses can be counted on to have a spare tissue, a sunny disposition, or a word of sympathy for those who need it most. 
      • Provide emotional support to patients with a friendly, calm attitude, actively listen to patients’ concerns, and guide patients to desired emotional and behavioral outcomes through logical and compassionate reasoning, teaching, and demonstration.  
      • This role will require strong interpersonal communication, compassion, empathy, adaptability, and resilience. 

    Patient advocate

    • Obviously, nurses exist to help their patients, which means they have to support their patients. This may mean adjusting a treatment plan based on the patient’s progression or regression, advocating for more resources, removing barriers to care, explaining treatments, and collaborating with others to make sure patients have all they need. 
      • Establish professional relationships with patients through consistent, kind, and effective communication and care, answer questions, and provide education.
      • Provide for patients’ physical needs, comfort patients in emotional distress, and allay any concerns or fears regarding treatment
      • Voice patients’ needs and defend their rights to healthcare professionals and other parties.
      • This role will require strong interpersonal communication skills, resilience, and compassion. 

    Planner

    • It may not seem like it, but nurses are constantly planning. They stick to their schedules and maneuver ways to treat all their patients in a timely, efficient fashion. They also work with physicians and nurses to determine a patient’s treatment plan based on the symptoms, current condition, and medical history. Nurses are master strategists when it comes to caring for their patients.
      • Attend to a host of patients during your shift, assessing their needs, administering medications, updating documents/medical records, educating patients, and providing additional aid for up to 12 patients during the day. 
      • Communicate with doctors and nurses regarding patients’ care plans to establish recovery trajectories.
      • This role will require strong analytical and time-management abilities. Must be efficient, effective, and competent under tight deadlines and high stress.

    Team member

    • It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an army of nurses and doctors to make the sick well again. Nurses are perhaps some of the best team players around since they rely on their team to properly care for their patients. They know how to get along and work together to make the best environment for their patients. 
      • Collaborate and communicate with healthcare personnel to create, carry out, and adjust treatment plans and discharge instructions. 
      • Offer constructive suggestions and assistance as needed for other healthcare personnel. 
      • This role will require strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be adaptable and a great team player to work with our dynamic team.