Carries out established nursing procedures and the nursing process for assigned patients on the Medical-Surgical/Swing Bed Unit ranging in age from pediatrics to geriatrics. Responsible for the delivery of patient care that promotes safety and wellbeing of all patients on the assigned unit on a twenty-four hour basis. Plans, directs, coordinates and evaluates the clinical nursing practice of the assigned patients. Participates in the development and implementation of hospital policies and procedures. Maintains open communication with all staff to promote improvement in performance. This position requires sound experienced knowledge of nursing practice and leadership abilities and ability to direct a patient care team. The night charge nurse is responsible for taking a patient assignment whether it is all admits coming in, or assigned patients at the beginning of the shift (total of at least 4 patients). Day charge may be required to take a patient assignment if there is a call in and no replacement is available, otherwise the day charge will supervise patient care and assist with completion of tasks required for nurses, such as discharges, initial interviews, taking off physician orders, procedures when assigned nurse is busy with medication pass, etc. All charge nurses must be able to adapt to working on any floor. Charge nurses are expected to serve/attend IDT, PI teams, identify learning needs and educate staff monthly.
Active State of Louisiana RN Licensure required with a minimum of 3 years nursing experience.
Valid CPR certification required.
Must have visual and auditory skills, be able to read and speak English, distinguish colors, be able to pull up or reposition patients, lift supplies, place equipment on supports, and perform external cardiac compressions.
Requires prolonged periods of walking, standing and/or sitting, bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing and pulling with hands and using fingers respectively.
A significant amount of writing is required.
Must be able to work at a personal computer or computer terminal.
Must be able to work week-ends and holidays, 12-hour shifts.