Responsible for the allocation and assignment of nursing staff during the shift to provide for safe patient care. Serves as an administrative supervisor and resource during the shift for staff, physicians, patients, families and visitors. Provides administrative continuity to staff, patients, and families for information shared, actions taken and outcome reported. Serves as a patient advocate.
Serves as an administrative resource during the shift for directing, supervising, coordinating and evaluating activities within the hospital departments and the care provided within clinical areas. Serves in a consultative capacity to assure that care meets legal, ethical, institutional and professional standards. Adheres to the philosophy, policies and procedures of the department and organization
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current Texas licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.
Prefer Bachelor of Science in nursing.
Current AHA BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP certifications.
TNCC and STABLE are desired.
A minimum of three years of clinical experience in the acute care of medical and surgical patients, with additional experience in ER, ICU preferred.
A minimum of two years of experience in a Charge Nurse or management position in an acute healthcare facility.
Highly visible position that requires good rapport and cooperative professional working relationships with personnel.
This position requires excellent communication, organizational and leadership skills.
Must be able to work well in a very fast paced environment.
Knowledge of medical/surgical nursing principles.
Able to perform effectively in highly stressful situations.
Must be able to assist writing policies and procedures.
Must interact effectively with a wide variety of people. A
ble to assume a leadership role and serve as an example to other employees.
Ability to function independently and prioritize.
Must be well motivated and coordinate with multiple departments/disciplines to ensure continuity of patient care.
This position requires excellent verbal and writing communication skills.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS
Work requires extensive walking within hospital, possibly standing for long periods of time as well as possibly long sedentary periods are possible. Climbing, pushing and pulling may also be required in critical and disaster situations. Lifting of boxes/supplies as well as possible patients. Frequently reaches for and handles papers and writing implements. Near-visual acuity and color discrimination in reviewing data. Works inside in clean, well-lighted, heated and air conditioned area the majority of the time. Exposure to unpleasant sights, smells and infectious diseases are possible (including blood/body fluids). Work schedule is usually 12 hour shifts and may need to work overtime as need arises and Holiday and Weekends dependent upon assigned shifts and need.
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND WORK AIDES
Computer Tablet (i.e. I pad)
API Staff Scheduler
Other Hospital Software/Documentation Programs
Transport stretchers, carts, Etc.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/DUTIES FUNCTIONS:
Staff shift and plan staffing for next shift according to nursing care and standards, justify in writing to the Chief Nursing Officer deviation from these calculations.
Assist with patient care in all areas, as required. Assume responsibility for ER when ER personnel are absent.
Serve as administrative resource person to staff.
Serve as a liaison between Administrator-On-Call and external agencies; consulting with Nurse Manager/Director or other Administrative representative concerning matters that require immediate attention beyond their scope of authority.
Communicate pertinent information to on-coming house supervisor/nurse manager and Chief Nursing Officer/AOC as appropriate.
Read and document in Supervisor's Communication Book to assure passage of accurate and current information to all supervisors.
Document details of potential disciplinary/behavior problems and send information to appropriate clinical nursing director/manager and/or Chief Nursing Officer.
Assist nurse managers/directors and Chief Nursing Officer with employee evaluations through input and anecdotal note documentation of both positive and negative observations.
Act as nursing staff representative to physicians.
Respond to all emergencies and resuscitation. Assume team leader responsibility during resuscitation unless ER, ICU, or OB charge nurse is already performing in that role.
Evaluate quality of nursing care in all areas, making patient rounds as able.
Oversee admissions, transfers and discharges during shift. Will act as the hospital incoming transfer center.
Supervise staff in maintaining adequate drug records; initiate action to correct errors in the narcotic count.
Assume responsibility for staff performance during the shift, participate in in-service planning and presentation during the shift as appropriate.
Initiate incident reports when indicated with follow-up with the Director of Staff Development, nurse manager/director, and Chief Nursing Officer as appropriate.
Serve as nursing resource person to staff. Be available and willing to teach as need arises. Maintain current knowledge of HMH Policies and Procedures.
Support administrative and nurse manager/director decisions and policies. Adhere to HMH Policies and Procedures. Follow proper chain of command.
Assigns hospital beds based upon bed availability balancing with direct admits, hospital procedures and Emergency Room admissions.
Follows up in the Emergency Room on admitted patients to ensure that they are moved swiftly onto the floors.
Consistently monitors Bed Watch in conjunction with EVS to efficiently place patients in beds.
Adjust daily schedule for illness, emergency or census influx. May participate in staff coverage if competent and off duty and all other options for coverage have failed.
Document all sick calls, tardiness, absenteeism, and problems with dress code. Keep "on call" list and "call in extra" list accurate and up to date.
Administer safety policies and procedures as necessary.
Assure quality of patient care and safety through rounding.
Call in ancillary personnel and departments as necessary.
Assure infection control policies are observed.
Oversee crash cart checks and documentation.
Stock crash carts daily as appropriate.
Assume responsibility for supply management; carry stock room keys.
Participate in nurse management activities and in-services as required by nursing and hospital administration.
Incident command leader until appropriate Senior Leader is available to take over command.
Adhere to legal guidelines and hospital policy regarding release of information and evidence to law enforcement, media or the public.
Participate in activities to promote HMH in community health and education.
Be willing and have the ability to support staff in all areas as need arises.
Participate in in-service programs as both student and teacher. Attend workshops, as possible, and take responsibility for keeping own knowledge and skills up to date. Attend mandatory in-services.
Will respond to patient/family complaints, physician complaints and employee conflicts and provide resolution.