Charge Nurse Med Surg Observation

Requisition ID
2021-162703
Employment Type
Full Time
Department
Medical /Surgical Observation
Hours / Pay Period
72
Shift
Night
Standard Hours
1900-730am
Facility / Process Level : Name
CHI Franciscan St. Anthony
Location
WA-GIG HARBOR

Overview

St Anthony is a designated Pathway hospital. We support a culture of nursing collaboration and teamwork to help each other grow. We collaborate with the surgeons to determine care plans for patients.

 

We work with our Hospitalists to understand and support goals of care as well. Our Nurses foster a culture of teamwork where everyone pitches in to help. They take pride in quality improvements and performing at the top of their licensure/profession. CHI and St. Anthony Hospital has a strong shared governance system. We have a unit-based council made up of frontline staff that work together to identify areas of improvement and implement change. Unit Council Representatives also serve on the St. Anthony Hospital Coordinating Council that work on hospital wide initiatives.

 

Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach — physical, emotional, and spiritual — is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

 

St. Anthony Hospital enjoys the benefits of being part of the CHI Franciscan family of hospitals and other health care services providing care to our communities throughout the beautiful South Puget Sound Region of Western Washington. Recreational opportunities abound here - we offer water sports, skiing, hiking, shopping, fine dining, theater and an overall excellent quality of life. CHI Franciscan Health has exciting and rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits.

Responsibilities

St Anthony is a designated Pathway Hospital. The Medical Surgical Observation Unit at St. Anthony Hospital is a specialized, fast-paced, Medical Observation unit currently comprised of 7 adult observation bays dedicated to responding to the needs of the patient who requires ongoing diagnostic testing or observation prior to discharge or admission. The patient rooms are full size bays with privacy curtains. Our outstanding staff provide compassionate, high quality care that is respectful, patient and family-centered, safe and cost-efficient. This unit is expanding early 2018 to 16 beds.

 

Patients typically stay less than 24-48 hours in this unit so our nurses are adept at working with fast paced changes and coordinating care.  Despite the rapid patient turnover, nurses in this unit demonstrate their caring by quickly establishing a rapport with the patient and involving them in their own care.  The staff experience the professional satisfaction that comes with making a difference every day for their patients.  The patient population includes those experiencing chest pain, stroke, congestive heart failure exacerbation, uncontrolled hypertension, dehydration, and post-procedural recovery for cardiac catheterization and short stay surgery.

 

Job Summary:

 

Serves as a leader and clinical resource to staff under the direction of nursing leadership.  Collaborates with the primary RN or team leader to ensure the planning and delivery of quality patient care in partnership with physician, interdisciplinary team and patient/family. Acts as a role model, demonstrating technical/clinical competence consistent with the needs of staff and the patient population served.  Assists staff with problem solving and decision making.    

 

Essential Duties:

  • Oversees clinical operations to include: coordination of assignments, delegation of tasks, provision of clinical care, patient placement, unit and patient flow.
  • Aligns staffing with productivity-based Staffing Matrix to include requesting resources based on patient need and flexing staff based on census and workload fluctuations.
  • Prepares assignments considering patient acuity and staff skill mix/competency; ensures timely posting of Staffing Plan; assigns and/or ensures staff are provided with rest and meal breaks.
  • Monitors and oversees Sitter usage in assigned area.
  • Serves as the first point of contact in the department chain of command during the shift for staff’s clinical needs, investigation of complaints, service recovery and completion of incident reports; ensures management is apprised of concerns and incidents.
  • Coordinates care, collaborating and communicating effectively with the inter-disciplinary team.
  • Maintains and applies knowledge of quality and SafetyFirst-related initiatives and requirements.
  • Serves as mentor to develop and coach orientees and experienced staff; demonstrates skill in conflict management.
  • Contributes to the development and evaluation of staff competency; provides objective feedback to assist with staff performance throughout the review cycle.
  • Assists with monitoring of regulatory and auditing requirements.

 

Qualifications

Job Requirements: 

  • Two years of experience in the clinical specialty within the last three years preferred.
  • Prefer previous charge nurse experience.
  • Registered Nurse issued by the Washington State Board of Nursing.
  • Current Healthcare BLS Certification.
  • Specialty certification preferred.

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