The Maternity Suite at Cambridge Hospital is a beautiful unit with lovely views of downtown Boston and Harvard Square. It includes a Labor and Delivery (L&D) Unit and a Post Partum Unit and helps more than 1,100 growing families every year. The 7 bed labor unit has 3 triage bays and 2 ORs. We are proud of our multidisciplinary patient care, our culturally sensitive approach to labor and delivery, and some of the lowest C-section rates in Massachusetts. The Post Partum Unit consists of 12 private rooms with a level 1b continuing care nursery. This unit provides care for mothers and infants right after birth and through the early stages of postpartum to discharge. We foster a culturally sensitive approach to couplet care and early family bonding.
Job Purpose: To provide and oversee quality patient care according to Cambridge Health Alliance standards of nursing practice. Collaborates with the nurse manager to foster skilled and quality evidence based nursing care, unit organization and cohesiveness and development of staff.
The clinical leader assists the nurse manager in the overall coordination of the clinical area by assuming the responsibility and accountability for daily operations. The clinical leader assumes responsibility for and serves as a resource to the staff in clinical practice, staff development, clinical leadership, and professional growth in consistent collaboration with the nurse manager.
Responsible for providing functional direction to members of the health care team while optimizing available resources to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Supports the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
The clinical leader demonstrates advanced nursing skills in their respective clinical specialty, and possesses the necessary leadership skills to direct performance improvement initiatives in collaboration leadership, and other patient care areas.
Serves as an expert nursing resource to the interdisciplinary team regarding patient care issues and unit operations. Facilitates clinical coordination of care to ensure a smooth patient flow and maximize patient experience. Develops a daily staffing plan to ensure adequate nursing resources based on changing patient census and acuity. Collaborates with nurse manager around effective use of staff resources and staffing issues. As charge nurse, provides leadership for unit operations on a daily basis Communicates pertinent information regarding departmental activities and leads unit practice changes. Assists in preparation of scheduling of staff. Re-evaluates and adjusts assignments as volume and acuity change. Follows through on problems by using the appropriate clinical and administrative channels. Participates in the development of annual unit based goals and objectives. Recognizes environmental and system constraints that impact unit operations. Acts as a change agent among the staff in response to the evolving healthcare environment. Serves as an expert resource to all members of the multidisciplinary team regarding unit operations and patient care issues. Provides leadership to facilitate conflict resolution in collaboration with the nurse manager. Coordinates education, implementation and monitoring of systems for acquisitions and maintenance of equipment and supplies. Collaborates within and across service lines and departments to ensure effective clinical operations and continually improve effectiveness and efficiency of systems. Acts as clinical resource for staff members using evidence-based knowledge and prevailing standards. Identifies performance problems to the nurse manager. Actively participates and facilitates staff participation in unit, department, and hospital committees. Assumes a leadership role in clinical and administrative multi-disciplinary collaborative practice activities. Participates in and facilitates monthly team training drills. Actively assists with maintaining current clinical practice policies, procedures, and guidelines for the Maternal Newborn Service line. Consider membership in specialty specific professional organization, i.e. Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN). Consider attendance at a minimum of annual specialty specific conference.
Graduate of NLN Accredited School of Nursing. BSN required
Current Massachusetts licensure as Registered Nurse
American Heart Association BLS required. NRP required prior to the end of orientation. STABLE required within 6 months of hire. Additional unit specific certifications may apply.
Minimum of 5 years' clinical experience in related field with a minimum of 2 years' charge experience.