Registered Nurse (RN)-Charge -23065 9/3/2016
West Virginia University Hospital
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JOB TITLE & CODE:
Registered Nurse-Charge (23065)
The professional charge nurse has the leadership skills, authority, responsibility, and shift accountability for the delivery of nursing care through the use of the nursing process. They are an extension of the leadership team (director, manager, nursing supervisor, clinical preceptor, and/or house supervisor) and must conduct themselves as such. They accept accountability, apply competent clinical knowledge, and use independent nursing judgment for health care providers to whose care is delegated to achieve quality patient care outcomes. The charge nurse must possess the ability to assess and interpret patient data needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs.
The professional charge nurse role is one of leadership and accountability in which the charge nurse functions as a role model, liaison, and a resource to all staff, physicians, patients, and family members. Utilization of these skills occurs through appropriate charge nurse delegation, prioritization, coordination, and decision making. Charge nurses serve as patient advocates by applying customer service support, conflict resolution, and staff mediation during episodes of conflict during all shifts.
PERFORMANCE DIMENSIONS: This position requires an individual demonstrating the following behaviors in accordance with our mission, vision, and values for nursing practice: Care Delivery Systems: Use of competent clinical practice and critical thinking skills to efficiently deliver patient care with all health care providers while maximizing efficient use of resources.
LEADERSHIP: Possesses the interpersonal skills to positively and effectively communicate, negotiate, and resolve conflict. Professional Growth: Motivation and drive for continuous development of self- awareness and social competence. Collaborative Practice: Cooperatively interacts with the health care team to support and contribute to the shared group goals.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Associates of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN) or Diploma.
Current West Virginia licensure as a Registered Professional.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) preferred OR Currently enrolled in a BSN program and BSN completed within 5 years of hire preferred.
ACLS Certification obtained within 6 months of hire preferred.
NRP Certification obtained within 6 months of hire in the NICU preferred.
PALS Certification obtained within 6 months of hire in Pediatrics/ PICU preferred.
Certified in specialty area preferred.
Minimum of 1 year experience in area of specialty preferred.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Assigns patients, according to suitability, to RN, LPN, and Clinical Associate with rationale to support assignment variances.
Attends bed briefing at scheduled times in efforts to coordinates admissions, transfers, and discharges with the Bed Coordinator, House Supervisor, Unit Clerk, Clinical Care Coordinator, and physician.
Determination of pulls, low census, and staffing adjustments in accordance with sister units and then all other units throughout WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals.
Serves as a first-line communicator and converses effectively with Manager and/or House Supervisor the evaluation of staffing needs or unsafe staffing conditions.
Assists with patient transports if requiring monitoring or one-to-one supervision.
Responds to CODE and emergency situations on home units and sister units as well as ensures the completion of required documentation during emergency situations.
Implements appropriate clinical decisions and demonstrates appropriate use of expert peers and/or management, as applicable.
In response to data indicating commonly occurring risks to patient health status, initiates actions to correct, reduce and/or prevent risk.
Provides coordinated and comprehensive patient care including assessment, expected outcomes, nursing interventions and evaluation within an interdisciplinary team approach.
Appropriately delegates patient care tasks to assigned personnel; providing follow-up for completion and patient response.
Accepts accountability and uses independent nursing judgment for care provided by self and by health care providers to who care is delegated.
Acts as a liaison between bedside nurse, patient, family members, physician, resident, and multidisciplinary team members in accordance with the patient care delivery model.
Models standards of behavior and promotes best practice by adhering to standards of care and standards of practice by leading safety huddles and promoting participation in physician rounding, end of shift bedside reporting, hourly rounding and dress code.
Bases decisions made/actions taken on relevant scientific principles, established standards of care and/or research findings. Seeks assistance/credible resource when unable to perform safely and independently.
Performs evaluation of patient response to tasks performed and delegated tasks.
Determines/revises direct/indirect patient care nursing assignments based on patient acuity and available resources.
Uses established patient care support systems including documentation, communication, & information.
Facilitates resources and/or assists with procedures (challenging IV sticks, line insertions, tube placements, procedures).
Monitors Acudose Rx discrepancies, determines cause of discrepancies, and clears discrepancies each shift.
Facilitates staff lunches and breaks (off of the unit and without phone).
Ensures the completion of Patient Safety Net Reports as appropriate.
Facilitates conflict resolution for patient/ family complaints, provide appropriate, timely follow-up and service recovery as needed. Log patient complaints via the Patient Complaint/ Complaint Form. Report to manager/ supervisor.
Engages in mentoring and networking activities to promote professional development.
Fosters the integration of staff and/or students into the health care team. Facilitates incorporation of the unit's mission, values, and vision.
Act as a mentor/ resource person for new, pulled, and all other staff members working on unit.
Facilitate mediation and conflict resolution with staff members. Address performance issues with staff members and unit manager/ supervisor when appropriate.
Functions as a clinical expert and shares rationale for nursing interventions to mentor staff, as applicable.
Share knowledge and assist with procedures/ tasks when opportunity presents itself.
Engages in exchange of information relevant to specific patient assignment.
Interacts with various members of the health care team to meet patient care needs.
Participates in Performance Improvement activities as appropriate.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must