The Charge Nurse provides plans, coordinates and manages nursing care, nursing services and health education to nursing home residents. The Charge Nurse cares for residents under the direction and supervision of the Director of Nursing. The position requires patience, compassion and a desire to care for the frail elderly in a gentle and empathetic manner.
- Must have a current state license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN). Current CPR certification and additional certification in nursing specialty desired.
- Demonstrates knowledge of basic nursing practice with an interest in gerontological nursing. Prefer 2 years experience in a long term care setting.
- Basic computer skills and experience with Electronic Medical Records Preferred.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to communicate orally and through written reports and other documents relating to resident, staff and others. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, clients, customers, and the public.
- Ability to define and solve problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical journals and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Care and services:
- Coordinates the nursing care of residents on the unit assuring all residents are assigned a nurse aide capable of providing care to the resident.
- Provides safe and accurate Medication Related interventions to residents.
- Administers and documents medications and treatments according to each resident's medication schedule using current standards of medication pass technique.
- Knows the rational for the effect of medications and treatments and correctly administers same.
- Provides treatments per the physician order including wound care, urinary catheterization, oxygen care, tracheostomy care, etc.
- Orders and receives medications from the pharmacy.
- Conducts an accurate accounting of all narcotics, signing for count and exchange of keys to medication carts and medication room.
- Promptly responds to resident requests for pain intervention and documents such in the resident record.
- Accurately transcribes and coordinates the implementation of physician orders
- Performs nursing assessments regarding the health status of residents. Notifies the physician of changes in status and promptly implements and documents new orders.
- Conducts ongoing and consistent assessments of residents to avoid unplanned hospital discharges by actively utilizing the INTERACT program.
- Develops a plan of care based on assessment, implementing nursing care.
- Selects and institutes appropriate nursing interventions that might be required to stabilize a resident's condition and /or prevent complications.
- Contributes to the resident's assessment (MDS/RAPs) and the development of a plan of care.
- Consults with physician or licensed independent practitioner regarding general resident care needs..
- Accurately reports and documents the resident's symptoms, responses and status.
- Designs, promotes and organizes resident education and counseling based on health needs.
- Informs the resident and/or legal representative of incidents or changes in condition and documents same in chart.
- Collaborates with the resident, members of the healthcare team and, when appropriate, the resident's legal representative/significant other in the interest of the resident's health care.