Charge Nurse - Med Surg 2 North (36 Hr / Days)
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The Charge Nurse, under the direct & indirect supervision of the Nursing Unit Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator &/or Hospital Supervisor facilitates & assists w/ all levels of nursing care being provided to a group of patients w/in 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 w/ day to day problem solving, communication between shifts, & may serve as a link between staff nurse & the Nursing Coordinator.
• The Charge Nurse will assist in the supervising of nursing personnel: Assist in the interviewing process of applicants for posted positions & makes recommendations to the Coordinator. Support organizational goals & objectives. Provide input into staff evaluations. Monitor performance of staff & provide documentation of performance problems to the Coordinator. Provide input into the development & maintenance of staffing patterns for the patient care unit & helps to monitor day-to-day staffing & utilization of nursing resources. Coordinate staff meetings under the direction of the Coordinator.
• The Charge Nurse will contribute to overall functioning of the Unit by monitoring resources. Identify & communicate to the Coordinator systems problems that interfere w/ effective client care & convey risk situations to the Coordinator. Participate & give input into trend analysis for the operational budget. Assist w/ materials management, ensuring availability of supplies needed. Provide direction during emergency situations as delegated.
• The Charge Nurse will actively participate in providing &/or facilitating client care. Participate in the development & implementation of standards of client care, policies & procedures & protocols. Coordinate & participate in the delivery of patient care on a specific unit. Utilizing the nursing process: 1. Assess need & priorities of patient. 2. Assist in the implementation of nursing care. 3. Evaluate effectiveness of nursing care. Participate in the development & ongoing monitoring of quality assurance activities. Provide input into & participate in development & achievement of departmental goals & objectives. Participate in multi-disciplinary patient care conferences & discharge planning activities as appropriate. Identify & assist in problem-solving both intrashift & intershift. Keep Coordinators Hospital Supervisors informed of problems/resolutions. Function w/in expected behavior standards of Staff Nurse as participating in role.
• The Charge Nurse will function as an educator for other health care professional & clients. Assists in development & presentation of in-service programs. Participates in clinical orientation to the nursing unit. Participate in the planning & provision of education/teaching to patients & their families. Serve as a resource to other departments in area of specialty.
• The Charge Nurse will participate in professional activities for self & others. Support departmental & organizational philosophy, goals, objectives, policies & procedures. Participate in meetings, special projects, & committees as designated. Support &/or participate in research programs approved by the Department of Nursing as designated. Promote interdepartmental & intradepartmental communications. Foster good public relations. Assume responsibility for own continuing education & development.
• The Staff Nurse will apply knowledge of organizational expectations of personnel policies & procedures. Follow appropriate policies & procedures for use of time in work environment, including absenteeism & tardiness. Monitor & take corrective action to prevent recurring absences. Return promptly from breaks & schedule them in concert w/ co-workers to provide appropriate coverage of unit & client care activities. Consistently on time & ready to work at start of shift & has assignments completed at end of shift. Maintain confidentiality of all client & organizational records. Release information according to established policy/procedure. Demonstrate a positive attitude while at the work site. Does not conduct personal conversations when members are waiting for service. Does not carry on discussions regarding other staff members, the organization, or medical care in public areas. Restricts personal business to nonclient care areas during bonafide break times. Identify self by wearing a name tag, & verbally introducing self by name, title &/or department. Address members w/ courtesy & respect. Provide assistance to members or connects member w/ appropriate person when needed. Apply same courtesy standards to members on the telephone as in person.
- Three (3) years of Registered Nurse experience, one (1) year in clinical specialty.
- Graduate of accredited school of nursing.
- High school diploma or GED.
License, Certification, Registration
- Current Oregon or Washington RN license in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing.
- Med/Surg Certification.
- Demonstrated clinical judgment with inpatient orthopedic/neuro patients.
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.