The Charge Nurse is responsible and accountable for the quality of staff and functions during their shift. Assists the Department Director in the daily operations of the unit, directing, supervising and evaluating personnel, ensuring the proper use of time, equipment and resources. Ensures the efficient functions of the department . Performs direct patient care, only as needed, within the scope of practice. Continually assesses patient care and directs staff to make necessary changes in the plan of care. Effectively communicates with physicians and staff to ensure positive patient outcomes.
Maintains consistently high levels of nursing care to patients assigning nursing staff in accordance with the needs of the patients, skills of the nursing practitioner and regulatory agency requirements.
Initiates and updates patient care plan, assess patient educational needs and barriers to learning. Reviews all orders and transcribes when necessary.
Follows telephone read back policy.
Monitors all telephone orders for signature and validation by physicians within 48 hours.
Develops patient goals utilizing all available resources, experience, education and established Policies and Procedures.
Prioritizes patient care based on patients’ essential needs and available resources of time, equipment, personnel and supplies.
Displays basic knowledge of treatment procedures, interventions common to acute psychiatric care as well as non-violent crisis intervention practice.
Working knowledge of unit and hospital policies and procedures.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Documents evidence of nursing care on the patient’s record.
Recognizes, evaluates and responds appropriately to operational emergencies or unusual situations.
Evaluates and make recommendations following results of nursing intervention and involvement in data collection for performance improvement for the unit.
Leadership responsibility and accountability to ensure quality patient care and unit operations in the department.
Cross trained to perform the job description of the House Supervisor and other supervisory positions when required to fill in.
Knowledge about the National Patient Safety Goals.
Knowledge of Human Resource policies and basic Labor Laws.
Consistently completes an accurate pertinent initial assessment on new patients, including psychosocial, functional and emotional needs within the established time frame.
Education and Work Experience
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