Charge Nurse 10 BCH Behavioral Health | 10 BCH Behavioral Health

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Job Title: Charge Nurse 10 BCH Behavioral Health
Job ID: 4331
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Category: Nursing-Clinical
Winston-Salem, NCNursing-Clinical, Medical, Healthcare10/2/2013BSN referred with minimum of 2 yrs experience in psychiaty/behavioral health. NC active nursing license required. 8 hr evening (3p-11p) shift with every 3rd weekend rotation. Able to provide strong leadership in coordination of nursing care in collaboration with the nurse manager. This...

Job Description

SHIFT: 3p-11p with every 3rd weekend rotation

BSN referred with minimum of 2 yrs experience in psychiaty/behavioral health. NC active nursing license required. Able to provide strong leadership in coordination of nursing care in collaboration with the nurse manager. This includes monitoring staffing, safety, regulatory compliance along with input into staff performance.

The Adult Behavior Health is a 24 bed unit with 8 private rooms and 3 semiprivate rooms. We have a minimum of 4/5 nurses during the day with 1-2 techs. Two nurses participate with our Physicians in rounds or at team meeting during the hours of 8a-10a. The unit is separated into two nursing areas with staff on both sides. You role will include assisting with ADL's, conducting group programming for two distinct populations, admit and discharge patients and monitor visitors between the time of 4p-8pm. We manage bed assignments for our own patients; therefore there are many transfers of patients within the unit requiring patient orientation to their new surroundings and transferring their belongings, meds and charts. Our nurses complete safety rounds Q 15 minutes and cover the Mental Health Tech assignment by dispensing their assigned patients meds, read, and cosign their notes. Nurses cover their own patients when they are on 1:1 and do not have the assistance of the hospital sitter pool. Presently on most days RN's are at a 1:5 patient ratio. There are numerous admissions during the evening hours and a high concentration during the 7p-11p. Most admissions are not scheduled and are coming from mainly the ED or discharge from the hospital and readmitted to Adult Behavioral Health Unit.

You will be joining an experienced nursing team with 85% of our RN staff BSN prepared nurses and about 15% certified in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Most of the RN staff years of service is between 10-35 years with a combination of psychiatric and medical surgical skills. Turnover is due to staff going back to school (graduated from NP program) and retirement.

Job Code / Title: 8373 Charge Nurse
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Original Date: November 2, 2010
Last Revision:
Job Summary:
The Charge Nurse provides leadership, coordination, and support for the patient care unit for a defined shift. Responsibilities include accountability for the quality of care delivery, patient progression, service excellence, and workplace experience. This includes fostering a patient centered professional work environment through the implementation of Caring Science, the nursing process, staff development and collaborative team interactions for the enhancement of the quality of patient care. The Charge Nurse partners with the Nurse Manager and Assistant Nurse Manager to achieve goals to improve quality of care.

Education / Experience: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, BSN preferred. BCLS required. Minimum of 2 years experience in nursing.

Reports To: Nurse Manager

Licensure, Certification and / or Registration: Active NC RN Licensure. Certification in specialty required within one year.

Essential Functions:

Provides primary leadership in the coordination of nursing care with other healthcare disciplines and facilitates the integration of services across the continuum of care. Collaborates with PLAC to facilitate appropriate and timely patient placement.
2. Collaborates effectively by developing collegial relationships and communicating information effectively. Encourages communication and serves as a resource to staff and other departments.

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients, self, co-workers, and facility in conjunction with the Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager. Facilitates the Care Delivery Model by monitoring the quality/safety outcomes, and implementing the performance improvement measures for identified metrics. Ensures compliance with organizational and regulatory compliance initiatives.

4. Ensures care is delivered with respect for patient?s rights and preferences. Maintains privacy, confidentiality, and security for patients and staff. Facilitates resolution of conflicts, collaborates with Service Excellence to promote service recovery, and empowers staff in decision-making through shared governance.

5. Collaborates with the Nurse Manager in monitoring staffing and supplies for designated shift. Assures nursing workload is measured and resources are allocated based on industry benchmarks and patient needs to optimize the provision of quality, cost effective care. Facilitates and monitors the appropriate utilization of staff based on credentialing, education and experience.

6. Ensures a biogenic environment which stimulates the ongoing professional development of staff in accordance with the principles of Shared Governance, Theory of Human Caring, and professional practice. Develops and fosters relationships that support the continuous enhancement of care delivery, and patient and staff satisfaction through a professional practice environment of mutual respect.

7. Demonstrates value for professional nursing practice including the utilization of current standards, the nursing process and patient advocacy. In collaboration with the Nurse Manager takes responsibility for continuing education, developing best practices and maintaining the highest level of patient care and staff development.

8. Ensures/provides appropriate patient care in accordance with specific patient population. Demonstrates and utilizes knowledge of the needs of the patient population specific to the defined clinical area. Maintains competency related to patient population and identifies strategies to meet related needs.

Skills and Qualifications:

Ability to organize and supervise clinical nursing care delivery
Negotiation and conflict resolution
Nursing research and Evidence-based practice
Performance Improvement
Practice Innovation
Professional Nursing Practice Theory
Resilient and flexible in a changing environment
Standards of clinical nursing practice
Systems for patient safety
Technology/informatics skills
Functions effectively under stressful and difficult situations
Excellent and effective written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work effectively with the team

Physical Requirements:
Amount of time spent performing the following activities:
0% 35% 65%
to to to
35% 65% 100% N/A Activity
X Standing
X Walking
X Sitting
X Bending
X Reaching with arms
X Finger and hand dexterity
X Talking
X Hearing
X Seeing
X Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling:
X 20 lbs. maximum
X 50 lbs. maximum
X 100 lbs. maximum

Work Environment:
Clean, well lit and comfortable climate
Potential exposure to contamination with bloody or bodily fluids, requiring protective equipment
Highly stressful, dynamic conditions

Required Protective Equipment:
Eye/face protection

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It is the policy of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

This job qualifies for a $6,000 sign-on bonus, provided the candidate meets the eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more!

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center strives to provide best-in-class nursing care to our patients. To continue to provide such high quality services, meet internal targets and comply with ACCN Magnet requirements for a plan to increase BSN staff to 80% by 2020, WFBMC desires to employ nurses who have achieved, or will achieve, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. WFBMC will provide nurses who have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing a period of five (5) years from the date of hire to meet that educational requirement.

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