JOB DESCRIPTION: Provides administrative and clinical supervision to nursing personnel on evening, night, weekend, and holiday shifts. Assesses the overall status of the hospital and plans a course of action for the current shift and the shift immediately to follow. Coordinates nursing activities with the activities of other hospital departments. May assist in preparing nursing services budget. Investigates and provides anticipated expenses for various accounts. Provides input into goals and objectives of nursing services. Periodically meets with other staff members to discuss progress towards their achievement and to develop future courses of action. Assists in developing and revising nursing policies and procedures. Clarifies and interprets hospital and nursing policies and procedures to nursing staff, physicians, patients, visitors, and personnel in various hospital departments. Maintains current manuals on hospital policies and procedures; ensures they are readily available. Assists the Charge Nurse in determining required staff based on patient census and acuity. Assists in reviewing alternative patient assignments when staffing is limited; reassigns staff as necessary to meet changing patient care needs. Assigns float personnel to areas of greatest acuity. Records staffing changes on required forms and schedules. Initiates disciplinary process, as appropriate, during shift. Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs, activities, and procedures which ensure the highest quality of patient care outcomes. Reports and investigates significant events such as patient complaints or issues which have legal implications to the appropriate management.
Meets personally with family, patients and staff to resolve concerns or difficult situations. Provides appropriate procedural information to patients/families who request living wills, designated power of attorney or donation of anatomical gifts. Provides support and direction in resolving unusual situations. Coordinates and assists in providing care to patients or visitors in emergency situations in non-patient care areas. Initiates nursing rounds at regular intervals to determine changes in patient acuity and nursing unit status. Prepares written documentation of bed placement, acceptance of patients and intervening factors. Evaluates the documentation of incident reports and patient codes. Furnishes a written and verbal report to oncoming supervisory personnel. Posts and reports changes in the operating room schedule. Facilitates the placement of patients on admission, transfer and discharge. Reviews daily shift staffing reports for patient census and acuity. Develops plans for the arrival of patients requiring telemetry or intensive care placement. Assists in coordinating the opening or closing of patient care areas. Reports significant patient information, staff performance, and unit activities directly to the appropriate Nurse Manager or Department Director. Responds to patient codes and coordinates the notification of resource personnel. Provides crisis intervention as needed. Coordinates the direction and physical assistance of all staff involved in heliport operations. Notifies personnel when a disaster plan is to be initiated and provides appropriate direction. Procures emergency medication, equipment, supplies, and services when urgent situations require them.
Collects and evaluates data from each nursing unit regarding patient needs, staff performance and unit activities. Assists in preparation of financial reports. Participates in research data collection.
Reports to appropriate management and public relations representatives any newsworthy items that may impact the hospital. Assists nursing staff in priority setting, organizing care, and developing leadership skills. Counsels the Charge Nurse regarding difficult or unusual patient/employee situations and assists in determining possible courses of action. Functions as a resource person for new staff and orienting staff to the Charge Nurse role. Identifies staff and patient educational needs based on clinical situations. Assists in developing, conducting and evaluating staff in-services. Assists in planning, conducting, and evaluating orientation for new staff and students. Uses specific bedside situations to teach staff. Provides instruction to staff on nursing research principles. Identifies appropriate research activities or studies. Assists in implementing and evaluating practice modifications based on research. May coordinate or direct staff on appropriate interventions in research protocols. May contribute to the core of nursing knowledge through publication and formal presentations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing. Must have a valid, active unencumbered Nursing license or temporary permit approved by the Georgia Licensing Board. Five years of Registered Nursing experience of which two years must have been in a supervisory or managerial capacity. BLS, ACLS, and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.