Assoc. Nurse Manager, Surgical
Location: Bridal Veil
Posted on: March 20, 2023
The Associate Manager is responsible for managing daily unit
operations and provides support and assistance to the Manager. The
Associate Manager under the supervision of the Manager/Nurse
Manager holds direct administrative authority for specific nursing
units. The Associate Manager assists with the management of
department personnel, provision of safe, cost-effective, quality
patient care, a safe work environment and the provision of
educational activities for the staff. He/she is directly
accountable to the manager of the specific units/departments. The
Associate Manager is a back up resource for the staff in the
absence of the Manager. The Associate Manager is not an interim
step in the communication link between the staff and the Manager,
but rather a facilitator or additional resource. The Associate
Manager facilitates work flow in the department with the support of
the Charge Nurse.
- Communication: Use established channels of communication to
share information, receive feedback and report problems. Assist in
the communication of plans and decisions to staff and providers to
facilitate linkages and flow of information to others. Build
credibility with physicians as a champion for patient care,
quality, and nursing professionalism. Effectively facilitates
consensus building to accomplish goals and objectives. Provide
constructive feedback and effectively manages conflict. Assist in
the creation and articulates a shared vision and goals. Follow up
on feedback and reports problems as well as positive comments.
Assist in maintaining an environment which recognizes and values
differences in staff, physicians, patients and communities.
Collaborate with nursing programs to provide required resources.
Routinely rounds on staff to communicate key messages and identify
concerns and issues. Routinely rounds on patients to gain
- Clinical Practice: Act as an expert resource for staff and
utilizes knowledge in clinical area of practice. Assist in the
evaluation of nursing practice, research and trends. Apply
knowledge to the development of standards of care and practice to
ensure optimal patient outcomes. Assist in the creation,
modifications and evaluation of policies and procedures as
delegated and/or appropriate to the clinical unit and expertise.
Assist in the development of competencies so staff achieve maximize
performance. Maintain personal and professional growth of self and
others by participating in educational offerings and professional
organizations. Partner with medical staff and other disciplines to
assist with establishment of patient care goals for unit
development. Evaluate patient care delivery model and the needed
staff, equipment and resources to provide safe, optimal care.
Assist in the direction and supervision of staff and ensure safe,
therapeutic environment, both for in the moment operational support
and long term. Support the development and implementation of an
organization wide patient safety program. Ensure staff is educated
on risk management and compliance issues and correct action is
identified in areas of potential liability. Ensures staff support
for expedited patient care by initiating protocol driven orders and
patient preparation for physician exam (undressed, bedded, supplies
and equipment in room needed for routine or specialty exam and/or
- Quality/Service Improvement: Articulate the organizations
performance improvement program and goals. Assist in development,
implementation and maintenance of quality/service monitoring
processes. Assist in formulation of unit goals which are reflective
of measurable objectives and evidence-based practice. Maintain
compliance on unit with all regulatory requirements. Assist in
monitoring unit quality/service programs with safety, environment,
pharmacy and documentation issues. Support the quality expert role
on the unit and assists with the quality plan developed by the
staff. Assist in formulation of unit goals and quality/service
management plans , which are responsive to the changing health care
needs of the patients. Assist in resolution of customer complaints
and facilitate improvement in processes or circumstances to improve
the level of customer satisfaction.
- Leadership: In the absence of the manager, provide leadership
and direction in accordance with the organization and departmental
goals and objectives and behavioral standards of the organization.
Assist the manager on all performance evaluations. Assist in
counseling, coaching and mentoring of personnel. Provide assist to
manager in corrective action process. Facilitate inter-departmental
relationships so that mission, vision, goals of department and
organization are achieved. Demonstrate critical thinking and use of
evidence based practice. Support the Unit Based Teams (UBT) to
accomplish tasks and goals. Actively participates/leads committees
and task forces as needed. Ensures staff compliance with all
mandatory classes and education. Facilitate a culture of creative
thinking and act as a change agent to challenge the status quo.
Responsible for own professional growth and supports work-life
balance. Ensure staff has the knowledge and skills to provide
appropriate, safe care to patients and families through education,
coaching, training, teaching or experience. Work with outside
vendors, agencies to assure coordination of services and represent
the organization in a professional manner. Participate in at least
one professional organization and support and encourage others to
participate in professional organization.
- Financial Management: Assist in development of unit budget,
providing input and possible evaluation of processes, equipment and
make recommendations. Educate team members on financial
implications of unit operations. Assist manager to achieve
- Minimum three (3) years of clinical experience as RN in
- Minimum one (1) year of leadership experience.
- BSN or health-related bachelor's degree or currently enrolled
in BSN or health-related bachelor degree program with completion
License, Certification, Registration
- Current Oregon or Washington RN license in state where assigned
required upon hire/transfer.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required
- Minimum five (5) years of demonstrated knowledge in area of
- Minimum two (2) years of education experience.
- Certification in specialty area.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Nurse Practice Act, the Joint Commission, Labor Law, all
related and affiliate contracts, workmen's comp, policies and
procedures, human resource policies and procedures, OSHA, CMS,
Health department, Employee benefits, National labor relations
board, standards of practice of professional organizations.
Job Category: Nursing Licensed & Nurse Practitioners, RN
Keywords: Kaiser, Portland , Assoc. Nurse Manager, Surgical, Healthcare , Bridal Veil, Oregon
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