The RN, Charge Nurse is responsible for coordination of patient care, facilitating physician interaction, medical staff collaboration, and patient flow within the department. Additionally the Care Coordinator assists with the orientation process for new associates, provides feedback regarding performance of Associates and participates in Quality Improvement activities.
JOB SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES:
1. Maintains consistency with Administrative and Departmental policies with appropriate behavior, dress, attitude, attendance, confidentiality, professionalism, and reliability.
Insures professional discretion and confidentiality of hospital related information concerning patients, physicians, associates and visitors.
Complies with conditions of employment as stated in the associate handbook and Administrative and Departmental policies.
Complies with dress code policy.
Limits non-emergency personal telephone calls to breaks and meal times.
2. Implements measures to promote a safe environment for patients and others.
Follows nursing safety standards in the delivery of patient care.
Follows approved policies and procedures for infection control.
Follows policies and procedures for "high risk for falls" and "restraints".
Identifies, reports, and appropriately intervenes in safety hazards.
Practices universal precautions by appropriate disposal of waste, hazardous waste, sharps, and wearing personal protective equipment.
Keeps patient rooms and other common patient areas free from potential hazards.
3. Respects the patients right to privacy by protecting confidential information unless obligated or allowed by law to disclose the information.
Follows policies and procedures for "no information patients".
Awareness of conversations held at nursing stations.
No participation in conversations outside patient care environment.
4. Contributes to the fulfillment of departmental and organizational goals.
Supports cost containment activities by the efficient use of equipment and supplies.
Actively participates in departmental meetings.
Participates in voluntary departmental/organizational activities.
5. Coordinates delivery of patient care.
Make patient and staff assignments.
Facilitate physician access to patients.
Communicates with Surgery, PACU, GI Lab, Cath Lab, and Pre-Admissions.
6. Participates in staff education by actively assisting in orientation of new staff and students, and assisting in the development of educational programs.
Serves as a preceptor for new staff and students.
Assists present staff to improve nursing skills by providing information and presenting inservice programs.
Assists Clinical Education Team in development of patient care and staff improvement programs.
7. Participates in Quality Improvement Programs.
Identify QI opportunities.
Assist the manager with data collection, summation, development of action plan, and re-evaluation.
Review charts for appropriateness of documentation, care, and initiate any necessary follow-up.
8. Assists manager with 90-day and annual evaluations by providing input regarding performance and skills.
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.