The Hospital Charge Nurse exhibits and executes Baylor Scott& White Health's (BSWH) Values & Behaviors in delivering andcoordinating patient care. Utilizing the BSWH nursing professional practicemodel, the Charge Nurse is a licensed professional who is responsible forproviding quality patient care and management of all patients and nursing stafffor a specific clinic area and functions in an administrative and/or managerialcapacity in the clinical environment.
· Servesas permanent Charge Nurse on assigned unit/department; directs, coordinates andparticipates in the evaluation/supervision of the nursing process as the basisfor patient care practice, ensuring the highest quality patient care isdelivered, cost-effective operations and continuity of care
· ClinicalJudgment: Using clinical reasoning, conducts accurate clinical assessmentsaccording to practice standards. Identifies and prioritizes patient/familyneeds. Develops, implements and evaluates the nursing plan of care. Modifiesplan to meet clinical outcomes. Shares accountability for effectivedecision-making by acquiring necessary skills, mastering relevant content,assessing situations accurately, sharing fact-based information, communicatingprofessional opinions clearly and inquiring actively
· ClinicalInquiry: Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursingpractice, including, but not limited to, nursing sensitive indicators. Supportsthe implementation of changes. Provides evidence-based practices. Implementspractice changes through research utilization and experiential learning.Participates in quality/performance improvement initiatives.
· CaringPractices: Creates a compassionate, supportive, safe and therapeuticenvironment for patients/families and staff. Demonstrates empathy, sensitivityand patience. Develops therapeutic relationships with patient and family andmaintains appropriate boundaries. Manages both emotional and physical pain withthe aim of promoting comfort and healing and preventing unnecessary suffering.
· Responseto Diversity: Recognizes, appreciates and incorporates unique differencesof patient/family into an individualized plan of care. Differences may include,but are not limited to, cultural differences, spiritual beliefs, gender, race,ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, age, and values. Delivers care in a nonjudgmental and nondiscriminatory manner. Assesses patient and family levelof understanding to provide effective communication.
· Advocacy/MoralAgency: Preserves and protects the confidentiality, autonomy, dignity andrights of patient and family. Completes assessments and formulates anindividualized plan to accurately reflect patient and family values and goalsso they can be fully represented in care. Works on behalf of patients and families and represents their concerns. Identifies and helps resolve ethicaland clinical concerns.
· Facilitationof Learning Facilitates the learning for patients/families, nursingstaff, other members of the health care team and community. Integrates patientand family education throughout the delivery of care. Helps patients andfamilies learn what they need to successfully transition within the health care environment, including changes in level of care and discharge to home or otherfacility. Assesses and documents learning needs/learning outcomes. Collaborateswith peers in establishing individualized teaching plans. Provides patient andfamily with appropriate information to help them participate and/or makeinformed decisions about their health care and treatments, including healthpromotion and disease prevention.
· Collaboration:Functions as a team member and works collaboratively and interdependently,involving intra- and inter-disciplinary work with colleagues and community.Open and sensitive to all team members' unique contributions. Uses resources todevelop and implement an integrated plan of care. Delegates tasks/care to appropriate staff and ensures timely follow-up. Demonstratescritical communication skills including self-awareness, inquiry/dialogue,conflict management, negotiation, advocacy and listening. Embraces truecollaboration as an ongoing process and invests in its development to ensure asustained culture of collaboration.
· SystemsThinking: Uses strategies and available resources for problem-solving forpatient/family and staff. Assumes an active role in keeping informed aboutchanges in hospital policy, procedures and equipment. Recognizes that resourcesare limited and considers factors related to safety, effectiveness and efficiency in planning and delivering patient care.
· Professionalism:Improves nursing practice and the way nursing is perceived – as a professionalrather than a job – through components such as maintaining a positive andcaring attitude, clean/neat appearance, willingness to help others, educationaldevelopment and training, self-awareness and the overall way of interactingwith others.
The ideal candidate for the Hospital Charge Nurse positionwill be compassionate, caring and experienced in developing/implementing theplan of care for each patient, making recommendations for patientinterventions, and collaborating with other health care providers to delivercare and document outcomes. The successful candidate must possess exemplaryleadership and organizational skills, excellent communication skills, able todevelop staff and processes to improve patient care, and promote safe passage fortheir patients by using knowledge of patient needs and the healthcareenvironment to assist patients to transition through the healthcare encounterwithout any preventable complications or delays.
Graduate of an accredited RN School of Nursingis required
RN license required - licensed and currentlyregistered as a professional nurse in the State of Texas or possesses atemporary permit to practice professional nursing in the State of Texas whileawaiting license receipt required Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certificationis required within 6 months of hire for the Psychiatric Unit.*
Basis Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certificationis required for hire Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) andBasis Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) is required within 6 months of hire for allLTACH units; otherwise, BCLS is required for hire
3-5 years' experience is preferred
Internal Number: 20011845
About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!
We believe that good health is the cornerstone of progress. We are firm in our resolve to make exemplary health care accessible and affordable to all, dedicated to lowering the high rate of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in minority populations and committed to advocacy and diversity. We are guided by ethical principles in all transactions and strive for excellence in our training and skills.