Staff Nurse - Emergency Surgical Unit

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023
Job summary

Responsible for the assessment of care needs and the development of programmes of care and/or the implementation and evaluation of these programmes. Carry out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision and demonstrate procedures to and supervise qualified and/or unqualified staff. Working as a staff nurse on a busy surgical assessment unit.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for caring for surgical patients requiring admission to the ward. To complete admission paperwork and assess and plan their care. To manage acute surgical patients that may need theatre or assessment form the surgical team. To work alongside a healthcare assistant caring for a team of patients during the shift.

About us

We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

An opportunity has arisen for a staff nurse to join the Emergency Surgical Unit (ESU) at Royal Blackburn Hospital. The shift patterns are internal rotation including night shifts, 37.5 hours per week over flexible days, to include weekends and bank holidays, included as per rota.

The ESU at Blackburn is a busy, modern unit with a professional but friendly team delivering high standards of care. We have recently been recognised for out high standards of care and received our SPEC status this year. We are looking for highly enthusiastic, motivated and committed staff nurses to join our forward thinking and ever developing team. You should have good communication, numeracy and literacy skills. You should be able to work effectively as part of a team and deal with complex sensitive information in a professional manner.

We also have a sister unit Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (SAECU) which is open 24/7 and assesses surgical patients from ED and GP's. Staff from ESU have the opportunity to rotate on shifts to the clinic as required.

If you are interested please contact the ward to have a look around and meet the team!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • ASSESSOR of nursing:-

  • 1.1 Takes nursing history of patients through interviewing and observation.

    1.2 Maintains accurate clinical observations of the patient's condition.

    1.3 Interprets the significance of data to the patient's condition and progress.

    1.4 Identifies and discusses nursing problems or needs with the patients, relatives and other staff.

    1.5 Acts as an associate nurse.
  • PLANNER of nursing:-

  • 2.1 Identifies the priorities of nursing care for patients.

    22 Identifies realistic goals in care plans.

    2.3 Organises time, equipment and the staff to deliver nursing care.
  • PRACTITIONER of nursing:-

  • 3.1 Gives skilled care to patients and relatives.

    3.2 Administers drugs and treatments as prescribed with safety, accuracy and intelligence within the Trust.

    3.3 Communicates effectively with patients, their relatives and co-workers.

    3.4 Liaises with medical, para-medical staff and social workers in the delivery of care.

    3.5 Ensure that individual patients are assessed and that care is planned to meet their handling and moving needs.

    3.6 May be required to act as a Trainer or Risk Assessor in Moving and Handling.
  • EVALUATOR of nursing:-

  • 4.1 Contributes the setting of standards for nursing care.

    4.2 Evaluates the quality of care given to patients.

    4.3 Measure goal achievements with patients and relatives and co-workers.

    4.4 Changes care plans and goals according to evaluation, under the direction of the Primary Nurse.
  • LEARNERS/RESEARCHER of nursing:-

  • 5.1 Seeks out new knowledge of nursing and health by reading, enquiring and partaking in continuing education programmes.

    5.2 Seeks to develop new skills.

    5.3 Applies research findings to nursing practice.
  • TEACHER of nursing and health:-

  • 6.1 Assesses the learning needs of patients, relatives and staff (including learners).

    6.2 Instructs patients, relatives and staff (including learners) about nursing.

    6.3 Demonstrates nursing skills to patients, relatives and staff (including learners) and support workers.

    6.4 Reflects on learning experiences with patients, relatives and staff (including learners).

    6.5 Assist with assessing the progress of individual learners, junior staff and support workers.

    6.6 Advises members of the public on the promotion of health and prevention of illness - promoting ward activity

    6.7 Offer recognised training, and participate in the training and assessment of support workers.
  • MANAGER of nursing:-

  • 7.1 Assesses work to be carried out.

    7.2 Organises staff (according to competence), time and equipment for completion of work.

    7.3 Supervises the delivery and quality of care given.

    7.4 Praises and corrects team members as appropriate.

    7.5 Reports and receives reports of work activity.

    7.6 Assists with the identification of training needs of junior and untrained nursing staff.

    7.7 Co-ordinates the care given by nurses, medical, paramedical staff and social workers.

    7.8 Handles complaints by patients, members of the public and staff in accordance with the Trust's Policies.

    7.9 Assist the Sisters to maintain safe systems of work, including COSHH and manual handling of loads.

  • 8.1 Abides by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice, e.g. NMC. Code of Conduct.

    8.2 Takes responsibility for personal development and education including in-service training.

    8.3 Discusses personal development and progress with ward sisters through internal informal appraisal.

    8.4 Maintains standards of conduct and dress to sustain the public confidence in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct and the Trust's Policies.

    Person Specification



    • Be able to work in a team.
    • Be supportive of team members.
    • Able to communicate effectively to patients, visitors and colleagues
    • Able to listen actively.
    • Able to reflect on one's own work.
    • Have effective interpersonal skills
    • Be enthusiastic, conscientious and sympathetic


    • Be able to work with minimal supervision within the job description

    Special Aptitudes


    • Able to manage the care for a group of people and prioritise workload with minimal supervision.
    • Be proficient at calculating drug doses
    • Able to write basic reports.
    • Able to train others
    • Customer awareness
    • Computer/keyboard skills.


    • Able to present reasoned discussion
    • Evidence of continuous development.

    General Intelligence


    • Able to take on board new ideas, skills and knowledge
    • Ability to problem solve
    • Be numerate



    • Registered 1st Level or equivalent as verified by NMC


    • To have knowledge of current research applicable to the post's specialist area.



    • Be able to fulfill; various shift patterns on the ward, inc. nights
    • Able to adopt to change.
    • Proven ability to keep information confidential

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