Plans, organizes, directs and controls the delivery of patient care in the operating room, same day surgery, post anesthesia recovery room or endoscopy suite. Provides nursing care through the process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Demonstrates environmental concerns of infection control practice, safety/fire practice, disaster practice, cardiac arrest practice, and continuous quality improvement. Provides direction to the development of all department personnel and maintains collaboration with support services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Reports to the Nurse Manager and works with patients, families, physicians, and other nursing employees.
Provides leadership and direction in accordance with the organizational and departmental goals and objectives.
Provides for professional growth and development through training programs and continuing education.
Prepares and documents the required records and reports in the EMR, charge system, pathology slips, etc.
Demonstrates the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in the delivery of nursing care to provide safe, effective, quality patient outcomes.
Assesses physical, psychological and sound dimensions of patients. Applies knowledge of illness, and injuries. Discusses and uses available resources in the assessment process.
Develops a plan of care and updates plan of care as necessary, based on continuing assessments of the patient in the EMR
Implements medical and technical affects of care and nursing orders in accordance with established policies and procedures. Intervenes with proper technique, procedure and safety precautions to meet individual needs of the patient.
Collaborates with other departments to provide coordinated patient centered care.
Respects the dignity and confidentiality of the patient, serving as an advocate as necessary, and providing a safe and secure environment for the patient cognizant of the Patient's Bill of Rights.
Directs and guides patient education, assessing patient needs, planning with the patient, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of the education.
Directs and guides activities of ancillary personnel.
Demonstrates environmental concerns and knowledge of Infection Control, including adherence to Standard Precautions; Code Blue, Code Red, Code Pink, Code Orange, Manpower; Mechanical or natural disaster.
Performs High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization procedures according to both the manufacturer’s instructions and evidence-based guidelines.
Demonstrates a customer service approach in care and interactions with others. Participates in growth and self-development activities.
Performs within limits of State Nurses Practice Act, Code of Ethics for Nurses, hospital guidelines and procedure.
Communicates in a clear and articulate manner with colleagues, management, clients and staff.
Supports appropriate quality improvement programs and assesses/improves department performance.
Supports the policies and procedures of the organization and the standards of the Joint Commission as required for full accreditation.
A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties requested by their manager or charge nurse.
Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Applies knowledge of age related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.
In the Charge Nurse position directly supervise employees in the Surgical Department, consisting of scrub and circulating personnel working in the operating room, PACU, CSR and SDS settings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. One to three years of O.R. experience preferred. BLS and ACLS certifications are required. PALS certification within the first 6 months of employment.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Current RN License. BLS and ACLS certifications.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.