POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for providing leadership and coordinating and supervising the activities of Nursing personnel to maintain continuity of 24 hour quality nursing care. Responsible for full house supervision when administrative staff is absent from hospital, as well as coordinating care and services among patients in all necessary areas.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES & AUTHORITIES:
- Provides leadership to nursing department during assigned shift.
1. Serves a role model by directing care and demonstrating practice in accordance with hospital policies and procedures.
2. Supports management staff by enforcing policy and takes action as necessary to offer direction and guidance.
3. Supports administrative decisions in a positive manner.
4. Provides direction and support concerning patient placement as needed to registration and all other departments, assists in timely admissions, transfers and discharges of patients.
5. Assist primary nurses and ancillary nursing staff with patient care when necessary.
- Functions as on-site liaison and resource for nursing, medical, and administrative staff.
1. In the absence of the administrative staff, serves in a leadership role in emergency/urgent situations.
2. Maintains timely concise and effective communications with staff in all departments.
3. Assists in the investigation and resolution of all incidents, accidents, problems and follow ups within the department, including proper documentation incidents.
4. Supports staff in communication of changes in patient clinical status to MD.
5. Adheres to safety policies.
C. Communicates and collaborates with all hospital departments, staff, patients and families
1. Identifies patient care problems and serves as a resource to manage and seek resolution to
problems when possible.
2. Serves a positive, supportive front line responder to inquiries from patients, families, community
agencies and medical personnel.
3. Identifies nursing staffing needs on your assigned shift and oncoming shift and allocates staff
according to patient census and acuity.
4. Communicates and reports with oncoming House Supervisor/Charge nurse regarding condition of
patients and sharing all pertinent information to assure continuity of care.
D. Works with support staff and management with staff development needs.
1. Provides support and resource to new personnel.
2. Assigns preceptor for new personnel and assists in orientation and teaching of new staff.
3. Participates in staff education and assists with program planning and teaching.
4. Assists in the development of the nursing schedule each 6 weeks to assure adequate staffing for each
5. Works with nursing schedule to accommodate for education opportunities.
6. Completes staff performance evaluations when due in a timely manner.
7. May participate in interviewing applicants for nursing positions and counseling of current staff.
E. Assists in delivering high quality health care services in a professional, compassionate and courteous
manner while respecting the dignity and individuality of each person who comes in contact with the
1. Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality at all times according to established procedures.
2. Assists visitors and patients in giving directions and information.
3. Makes rounds on all patients, introducing yourself and offering your assistance.
4. Participates and assists the primary care nurse with daily activities and tasks as needed.
5.May at time be required to assist primary nursing staff by taking minimal patient load especially on
night shift when necessary.
6.Makes rounds with physicians and assists the primary nurse in placing patient orders and other patient
F. Knowledge and performance of the Code of Conduct Standards
1. Demonstrates a commitment to a high level of professional and ethical standard in their daily
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. May be asked to serves on various nursing/hospital committees and is responsible for submitting
reports to CNO and administration when asked.
2. Updates WEB EOC Bed availability system daily and PRN if bed availability changes.
3. Attends all mandatory inservices. (Fire, Safety, Competency ect..)
4. Attends all but 2 Nurse Manager meetings per year unless excused by Nursing Administration.
5. May be asked to cover for CNO in his/her absence.
6. Performs other duties and projects as assigned by CNO.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, ABILITIES):
1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing required, BSN preferred.
2. Demonstrated leadership ability.
3. Five years of varied nursing experience preferred.
4. Employment at LHHS for at least 3 years preferred.
OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, REGISTRATIONS, ETC.)
- Active RN Nursing License in good standing with the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
- Maintains up to date BLS certification.
- Maintains up to date ACLS certification.
- Maintains up to date yearly competencies and shows a high level of knowledge and skill.
Good physical and mental health, able to work under pressure and relate to patients, hospital staff and visitors. Must be able to use hands for use with computers.
Work area often cramped in and around patient rooms. Equipment use required. Frequently required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to body, blood and other hazardous fluids.