Rapid Response Registered Nurse (RN) 36 Hours Days

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 170046-1A
Date Posted: Aug 18, 2021
Category: Nursing

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Position Summary: Under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager, the Rapid Response Registered Nurse practices within the Lahey Clinic Professional Practice Model, MA Nurse Practice Act, ANA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and demonstrates Lahey Clinic’s core values that reflect its Mission.  The nurse-patient/family relationship, continuity of care and accountability are central to the delivery of individualized high quality patient care.


A Rapid Response Registered Nurse demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide expected standards of care based on physical, psychosocial, cultural, educational, spiritual, safety and age-appropriate considerations of patients.


The Rapid Response Registered Nurse, in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act of Massachusetts Rules & Regulations- 244 CMR 3.0, shall bear full and ultimate responsibility for the quality of nursing care he/she provides to individuals and groups.  Included in such responsibility are health maintenance, teaching, counseling, collaborative planning and restoration of optimal functioning and comfort or for the dignified death of those they serve.  


The Rapid Response Registered Nurse assumes the responsibility for the plan of care and has the authority to make decisions and is held accountable for decisions specific to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the plan.  The Rapid Response Registered Nurse facilitates the coordination of care across the continuum and demonstrates safe practice within the domains of:

  • Clinical judgment and decision making

  • Professional Relationships

  • Clinical leadership

  • Clinical scholarship


A responsibility and function of the Rapid Response Registered Nurse includes Delegation & Supervision in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act of Massachusetts Rules & Regulations- 244 CMR 3.0 Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse: Board of Registration in Nursing and the ANA Principles of Delegation.  The delegating registered nurse at Lahey Clinic bears the full and ultimate responsibility that includes but is not limited to:

  • Making an appropriate assignment

  • Properly and adequately teaching, directing and supervising the delegate

  • The outcome of the delegation

The Rapid Response Registered Nurse provides care directly to patients and in collaboration with other health care team members.  The Rapid Response Registered Nurse maintains a current level of knowledge and skill with technical procedures as defined by nursing specialty organization, complies with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies and is currently licensed in the state of Massachusetts as a registered nurse.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:   including but not limited to:

I.  Clinical Judgment and Decision Making: Ways in which nurses come to understand the problems, issues or concerns of patients/families, to attend to relevant/critical information, and to respond in concerned and involved ways.


  1. The Rapid Response Registered Nurse: Tertiary Care is expected to and is accountable for providing safe patient care by demonstrating organizational skills that maintain and coordinate safe delivery of quality care for assigned patients/families. 

  • Develops a culturally competent plan of care that identifies patient problems, expected outcomes, and addresses preventative measures.

  1. Performs systematic patient and family assessment relevant to practice settings.

  2. Delivers care that is specific to the age of the patient.

  1. Evaluates effectiveness of care and adapts plan based on patient/family response.


II. Professional Relationship: The professional relationship is based upon Lahey Clinic’s guiding principles and positive effective communication. This relationship extends beyond formal assessment to integrate the particular patient’s response and his/her religious/spiritual, ethnic and cultural beliefs into the plan of care.


  1. Establishes professional relationship with nurses, physicians and other colleagues and patients and families.

    • The relationship includes the patient and family as a partner in care and is based upon Swanson’s Theory of Caring.

  1. Educates the patient and family about the patient’s illness and treatment including preventative measures appropriate to the patient.

  2. Supports Lahey Clinics commitment to community based activities both within the Lahey community and beyond.


III.  Clinical Leadership:  The ability to lead and influence the reasoning of colleagues in the patient’s best interest depends on skillful manner, authoritative clinical knowledge and wisdom, the conviction to act as an ethical agent despite adverse consequences, and the ability to listen and enhance others’ strengths. The Rapid Response Registered Nurse supports the development of others, creates practice climate of responsiveness and learning.


  1. Demonstrates professional behavior by adhering to unit policies and procedures, practice guidelines specific to the setting and the ANA Code of Ethics. 

  2. Demonstrates skills as a responsive team member.

  3. Demonstrates role of nurse as teacher.

  4. Demonstrate ability to fulfill role in Regulatory compliance and readiness.


IV. Clinical Scholarship: Learning is achieved through experiences with patients, through collaboration with colleagues and leadership and through formal education. Learning is transformed into knowledge through self-reflection and analysis

  1. Upholds standards of quality nursing care.

  2. Demonstrates a commitment to life long learning. 

  3. Demonstrates evidenced based practice (EBP) in nursing. 


Responsibilities specific to Rapid Response Registered Nurse:

  1. Make rounds to all areas in tertiary care assisting as needed. 

  2. Care for patients in all areas as deployed by the Nurse Manager or Administrative Supervisor.

  3. Accompany critically ill patients to areas outside the ICU.

  4. Responds to all Code 99, MET, and Trauma Code calls. 

  5. The Rapid Response Registered Nurse will indicate on his/her worksheet how much time was spent in each area. 

Organizational Requirements:

  • Incorporates Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles, Mission Statement and Goals into daily activities.  

  • Complies with all Lahey Clinic Policies. 

  • Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.

  • Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

  • Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

  • Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

  • Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

  • Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications:


Education:  BSN Required 

Licensure, Certification, Registration:  Current license to practice professional nursing from the Massachusetts Board of Registration and BLS, ACLS, TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum), and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:         

Clinical Skills/Technical Knowledge

  1. Demonstrates the necessary clinical skills and technical knowledge to provide care for patients according to Nursing Policy and Procedures.  See Skill Record.

  2. Demonstrates the necessary clinical skills and knowledge to provide care for patients according to the unit-specific competencies.  See Skill Record.

  3. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

  4. Ability to cross train to multiple clinical areas. 


Experience:     2 years Critical Care nursing.



36 Hours Days

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.