Nurse Resident Med Surg/Telemetry (MLKCH Program) - Day and Night


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Job Code:
Nurse Resident
MLK Community Hospital & Foundation
1680 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles
United States of America
Nursing - RN
Pay Rate Type:
Salary Range (Depending on Experience):
$45.09 - $45.09


The MLKCH New Graduate RN Residency will prepare new nurses by organizing and overseeing all aspects of their transition into professional nursing. It is designed to be a highly-supportive, paced learning experience.
As an RN Resident, you will be hired into the facility as a full-time employee. You will be supported—professionally and emotionally—by a network of nurses who act as teachers, preceptors, mentors, and debriefers. Upon successful completion of this paid RN Residency, you’ll be prepared to work as an independent, professional RN on your home unit. It is the best way for you to gain the experience, skills, judgment, and confidence you’ll need to thrive in your new career as a professional nurse at MLKCH.

Unit: Med Surg/Tele 
Program Start Date: July 10, 2023
Application Deadline: May 29, 2023
Applicants are required to submit the following:
1. Complete application online
2. One-Page essay addressing the following questions with application:

  • Why should this organization choose you for the residency program?
  • Why did you become a nurse?

3. Submit two professional letters of recommendation with application. If unable to provide two professional letters of recommendation, we will consider one professional letter of recommendation along with two personal letter of recommendation.

**Please upload all documents to additional documents or they can be sent to  with Subject Line: Nurse Resident (Your Name)**


A Clinical Staff  Nurse at MLKCH is a skilled and experienced professional Registered Nurse (RN) responsible for excellence in the clinical practice of nursing and the management of patient care. Reporting to the Clinical Unit Supervisor of  the hired department, The Clinical Staff Nurse has 12 hour accountability for organizing, planning, directing, coordinating, and providing high quality, individualized patient/family centered care.  This nursing care is provided to a defined group of patients, including the identification and demonstration of abilities to meet special needs and considerations of Age and Population Specific awareness.  This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community  Hospital. It is expected that the employee will demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values. The employee shall support Martin Luther King, Jr. Community  Hospital's strategic plan and the goals and direction of the quality and performance improvement process activities.
Nurses licensed in California are expected to demonstrate the following components according to the Nurse Practice Act :  Implement self directed role authority by assessing for changes in the patient condition and communicating these findings to the physician directing care.  At same time, the nurse will have followed the chain of command within that unit.  Utilize Nursing and scientific theory to direct their practice by performing in accordance to evidence based practice guidelines, policies or protocols. Uphold a transfer of knowledge about the patient regarding the current level of care provided, pertinent past medical history and indicate the plan of care for this patient to advance along the care continuum. It is expected that Nurses at MLKCH will use new learning from all the health disciplines in their practice as service to the community in effort to improve health outcomes for this population.  
A Nurse hired into MLKCH’s Education Nursing Program will be indoctrinated to a specific unit and gain beginning experience to provide care to patients routinely admitted  or identified for observation while waiting results of all diagnostic testing. The Nurse will participate in a highly structured orientation and socialization process to achieve advanced beginner competence in care delivery for the patients with clinical diagnoses specific to that unit or this hospital.  


  1. The nurse demonstrates the use of nursing process as a problem solving model; utilizing their knowledge and experience to anticipate and plan to meet patient and family needs. 
  2. Nursing assessment is focused to target areas most productive for a given patient population or situation. Recognizes subtle changes in clinical situation; evaluates and appropriately alters the plan of care.  Is accountable for prioritizing and organizing patient care and ensuring follow through with planned care.  
  3. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and needs of the patients served on the assigned unit. Consistently applies current literature/research findings and critical thinking skills to make sound clinical decisions. 
  4. Demonstrates the Hospital's Patient Satisfaction effort when interacting with patients, families, and co-workers.
  5. The nurse develops and maintains a therapeutic nurse/patient relationship throughout the health care continuum.  Respect for patient’s rights is an integral part of the nurse/patient relationship as reflected in our values and mission. Conducts hourly rounding on patients.
  6. The nurse communicates utilizing the SBAR in all hand-off situations.
  7. Performs documentation of patient care including: assessment, interdisciplinary plan of care (IPOC), implementation, evaluation, and following unit specific and hospital documentation policies and procedures.
  8. Anticipates variables affecting patient comfort and alters physical and psychosocial interventions accordingly, using a variety of modalities.  Assists patient/family to maximize sense of control and actively participate in his/her recovery.  
  9. Demonstrates commitment to meeting the learning needs of patients and families.  Utilizes appropriate resources to meet those needs and achieve positive patient outcomes.  
  10. Works with Care Mangers during the patient’s stay and takes a proactive role in coordinating interdisciplinary discharge planning for a specific patient population.
  11. Reviews all orders on patients and communicates changes in patient condition with physician and other team members.  Contacts the physician promptly with significant changes in patient's condition, collaborates professionally for required orders and follows-up with revised care. 
  12. Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing interventions and documents outcomes in the IPOC.
  13. Utilizes patient classification system according to standards.
  14. The nurse will exhibit flexibility in transfer of location throughout the shift as patient census dictates 
  15. Demonstrates ability to plan, supervise, instruct and evaluate ancillary nursing personnel, floats, orientees and registry staff. Ensures that an evaluation is completed each shift for registry/floats.
  16. Upholds professional appearance and demonstrates such through adherence to dress code. Wears hospital I.D. badge and promotes the standard of proper identification for peers and staff.
  17. Maintains a safe and clean environment that complies with regulatory standards including Patient Safety Goals.
  18. Participates in the implementation of the unit specific Quality and Performance Improvement Plan, completes monitoring forms and reports findings to the Clinical Unit Supervisor and Nurse Manager.
  19. Assist with unit set-up of equipment, supplies, patient rooms, etc.
  20. Provide basic hygiene and ADL’s to patients.
  21. Any other duties as assigned by the Nurse Manager.


A.   Education

  • Associate's degree in Nursing required. Bachelor’s degree in Nursing preferred. 

B.  Qualifications/Experience

  • Must have completed RN License within the last 18 months. 

C.   Special Skills/Knowledge

  • Current California Nursing License and in good standing. 
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) 
  • Current Advance Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish)
  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Dysrrythmia Course certificate preferred.
  • Electronic Medical Record experience preferred. 


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MLK Community Healthcare
1680 E 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Tel: 424-338-8000