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Charge RN, Emergency Department (KSMC)

Company: KAISER
Location: Clackamas
Posted on: September 15, 2018

Job Description:

The Charge Nurse, under the direct and indirect supervision of the Nursing Unit Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and/or Hospital Supervisor facilitates and assists with all levels of nursing care being provided to a group of patients within one nursing unit during the period of one working shift. In addition to these responsibilities, the Charge Nurse frequently assumes all or partial staff nurse responsibilities. The Charge Nurses are directly accountable to the Nursing Coordinator for the unit. The Charge Nurses assist the staff nurses with day to day problem solving, communication between shifts, and may serve as a link between staff nurse and the Nursing Coordinator.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in the interviewing process of applicants for posted positions and makes recommendations to the Coordinator.

  • Support organizational goals and objectives.

  • Provide input into staff evaluations.

  • Monitor performance of staff and provide documentation of performance problems to the Coordinator.

  • Provide input into the development and maintenance of staffing patterns for the patient care unit and helps to monitor day-to-day staffing and utilization of nursing resources.

  • Coordinate staff meetings under the direction of the Coordinator.

  • Identify and communicate to the Coordinator systems problems that interfere with effective client care and convey risk situations to the Coordinator.

  • Participate and give input into trend analysis for the operational budget.

  • Assist with materials management, ensuring availability of supplies needed.

  • Provide direction during emergency situations as delegated.

  • Participate in the development and implementation of standards of client care, policies and procedures and protocols.

  • Coordinate and participate in the delivery of patient care on a specific unit.

  • Utilizing the nursing process: Assess need and priorities of patient, assist in the implementation of nursing care, and evaluate effectiveness of nursing care.

  • Participate in the development and ongoing monitoring of quality assurance activities.

  • Provide input into and participate in development and achievement of departmental goals and objectives.

  • Participate in multi-disciplinary patient care conferences and discharge planning activities as appropriate.

  • Identify and assist in problem-solving both intrashift and intershift. Keep Coordinators Hospital Supervisors informed of problems/resolutions.

  • Function within expected behavior standards of Staff Nurse as participating in role.

  • Assists in development and presentation of inservice programs.

  • Participates in clinical orientation to the nursing unit.

  • Participate in the planning and provision of education/teaching to patients and their families.

  • Support departmental and organizational philosophy, goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

  • Participate in meetings, special projects, and committees as designated.

  • Support and/or participate in research programs approved by the Department of Nursing as designated.

  • Promote interdepartmental and intradepartmental communications.

  • Foster good public relations.

  • Assume responsibility for own continuing education and development.

  • Demonstrate good physical assessment skills.

  • Provide emergency nursing care to all age groups.

  • Act as a resource for the unit.

  • This job description is not all encompassing.

    Basic Qualifications:


  • Three (3) years of registered nurse experience, one (1) year in clinical specialty.

  • Two (2) years ofcurrent ED experience.


  • High school diploma or GED.

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing.

    Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • Current RN License as a Registered Nurse.

  • Current BLS w/AED certification.

  • ACLS required at hire/transfer.

  • PALS or ENPC within six (6) months of hire/transfer.

  • NIHSS certification required within one (1) month of hire/transfer.

    Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent critical thinking skills.

  • Able to assume authority of unit.

  • Oversees quality of unit in conjunction with the manager.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing preferred.

  • CEN, TNCC preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize and interpret cardiac dysrhythmias preferred.

  • A desire and ability to function within the nursing process preferred.

  • A desire and ability to function within professional and personnel standards as defined preferred.

  • Ability to use and apply effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills preferred.

    Keywords: KAISER, Portland, Charge RN, Emergency Department (KSMC), Healthcare, Clackamas, Oregon

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