Registered Nurse/RN/Charge Nurse -Full-Time 3p-11:30pm
The primary purpose of this RN Charge Nurse job position is to provide direct nursing care to the residents, and to supervise the day-to-day nursing activities performed by nursing assistants. Such supervision must be in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be required by the Director of Nursing Services or Nurse Supervisor to ensure that the highest degree of quality care is maintained at all times. The Charge Nurse will be constantly on the alert to recognize significant changes in the condition of residents and be able to take the necessary actions. The Charge Nurse will evaluate the resident's plan of care and be responsible for the total care rendered to residents on assigned shift. Works in nurses stations as well as throughout the nursing service area (ie, drug rooms, resident rooms, etc.). Moves intermittently during working hours, and is subject to frequent interruptions. Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances. Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors. Communicates with the medical staff, nursing personnel, and other department supervisors. Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when necessary. Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (ie, severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.). Attends and participates in continuing educational programs. Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants. Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses. May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals and must follow established procedures governing the handling and disposal of infectious waste. Education: Must possess, as a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university, or be a graduate of an approved RN program. Experience: Preference of minimum 1 years nursing exp. in LTC, Rehab, and/or Assisted Living setting Management/supervisor skills Knowledge of Medicare IV Experience Supervision received from: ADON/Nursing Supervisor. Specific Requirements: Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public. Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel, and have a positive attitude. Must have patience, tact, and cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents. Treats all employees, residents, and visitors with respect and dignity. Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices. Must have good organizational skills. Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace. Physical and Sensory Requirements: (With or Without the aid or Mechanical Devices) Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day. Must be able to speak and write the English language in order to communicate with residents and understand their requests. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met. Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies to follow through with residents requests and use this information for evaluation of situation. Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which include medical and physical examinations. Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility. Must be able to push, pull, move, and/or lift a minimum of 50 pounds, using proper body mechanics. Must be able to lift and transfer residents, supporting body weight, and be able to prevent injury to resident, self, and others. May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.