The Charge Nurse, under the direct and indirect supervision of the Nursing Unit Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and/or Hospital Supervisor facilitates and assists with all levels of nursing care being provided to a group of patients within one nursing unit during the period of one working shift. In addition to these responsibilities, the Charge Nurse frequently assumes all or partial staff nurse responsibilities. The Charge Nurses are directly accountable to the Nursing Coordinator for the unit. The Charge Nurses assist the staff nurses with day to day problem solving, communication between shifts, and may serve as a link between staff nurse and the Nursing Coordinator.
Assist in the interviewing process of applicants for posted positions and makes recommendations to the Coordinator.
Support organizational goals and objectives.
Provide input into staff evaluations.
Monitor performance of staff and provide documentation of performance problems to the Coordinator.
Provide input into the development and maintenance of staffing patterns for the patient care unit and helps to monitor day-to-day staffing and utilization of nursing resources.
Coordinate staff meetings under the direction of the Coordinator.
Identify and communicate to the Coordinator systems problems that interfere with effective client care and convey risk situations to the Coordinator.
Participate and give input into trend analysis for the operational budget.
Assist with materials management, ensuring availability of supplies needed.
Provide direction during emergency situations as delegated.
Participate in the development and implementation of standards of client care, policies and procedures and protocols.
Coordinate and participate in the delivery of patient care on a specific unit.
Utilizing the nursing process: Assess need and priorities of patient, assist in the implementation of nursing care, and evaluate effectiveness of nursing care.
Participate in the development and ongoing monitoring of quality assurance activities.
Provide input into and participate in development and achievement of departmental goals and objectives.
Participate in multi-disciplinary patient care conferences and discharge planning activities as appropriate.
Identify and assist in problem-solving both intrashift and intershift. Keep Coordinators Hospital Supervisors informed of problems/resolutions.
Function within expected behavior standards of Staff Nurse as participating in role.
Assists in development and presentation of inservice programs.
Participates in clinical orientation to the nursing unit.
Participate in the planning and provision of education/teaching to patients and their families.
Support departmental and organizational philosophy, goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
Participate in meetings, special projects, and committees as designated.
Support and/or participate in research programs approved by the Department of Nursing as designated.
Promote interdepartmental and intradepartmental communications.
Foster good public relations.
Assume responsibility for own continuing education and development.
Follow appropriate policies and procedures for use of time in work environment, including absenteeism and tardiness.
Monitor and take corrective action to prevent recurring absences.
This job description is not all encompassing.
Basic Qualifications: Experience
Three (3) years of registered nurse experience, one (1) year in clinical specialty.
Minimum two (2) years of ICU nursing experience (within the last three (3) years). Education
High school diploma or GED.
Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing. License, Certification, Registration
Current RN License as a Registered Nurse.
NIHSS certification required within three (3) months of hire/transfer.
Current BLS w/AED certification.
ACLS at hire/transfer.
Three (3) or more years recent ICU nursing experience (within the last three (3) years) preferred.