Charge Nurses

Charge Nurses (RN and LPN)

POSITION SUMMARY
The charge nurse is responsible for the implementation and documentation of direct therapeutic, preventive and restorative nursing care provided to residents. The charge nurse directly supervises the work of the nursing staff and is responsible for supportive assistance in the general operations on the assigned unit and shift. The charge nurse shall assist in training, supervision and evaluation of those staff members on the assigned unit and shift and will organize and direct the daily management of the staff members as well as the daily management of the unit. The charge nurse will administer medications and perform treatments as per assignment. The charge nurse will attend and participate in stand-up meetings, care plan conferences, and inservices. The charge nurse utilizes established communication systems to maintain necessary reports and to inform team members of changes in residents’ conditions. The charge nurse documents an understanding of the relationship between disease processes and therapeutic interventions. The charge nurse interacts with physicians, residents and families to promote customer service.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS
License/Certification/Registration:
Licensed as a Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse by the State Board of Nurse Examiner. Check for valid Pennsylvania State License.

Continuing Education:
As required by federal and state law.

Job Knowledge:
Knowledge and ability to apply basic principles of nursing care in accordance with state nursing acts and standards

Understanding of:
  • Administering personal hygienic and therapeutic measures for residents and techniques within the parameters of the nurse practice act.
  • Proper techniques for the delivery of medications and treatments.
  • Documentation in the medical record that reflects the resident’s condition, medication and treatments.
  • Prevention of disease and application of universal precautions.
  • Experience in care of the elderly, chronically ill, restorative nursing, unit management and quality assurance.
  • Must possess or have the potential for leadership roles in interdisciplinary cooperation, staff development, and resident/family relationships.
  • Capability for independent decision-making formulation and delegation of responsibility.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work indoors in well-lighted and ventilated wards and rooms. May need to work beyond normal working hours in other positions temporarily when necessary. May be required to work on weekends and holidays, and possibly on shifts other than the one hired. LPN’s All Shifts FT & PT.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Good physical and mental health. Must be able to withstand strenuous physical activity. Job requires: intermittent standing, walking, reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, lifting in excess of 100 – 20% and frequently lifting of up to 25 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, or otherwise move objects including the human body, fine motor coordination, ability to communicate with residents, personnel and consultants, ability to distinguish smells, tastes and temperatures; ability to hear and respond to verbal stimuli and to hear blood pressure rate to monitor vital signs; a keen sense of vision necessary for close inspection and attention to minute details and small objects, the ability to quickly detect and react to slight motions and/or the ability to accurately distinguish colors, ability to read and write, and ability to remain calm under stress. Manual dexterity to handle instruments and equipment is necessary.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
Must have the ability to communicate with residents, families and personnel and ability to remain calm under stress.
Principal contacts: Is involved with residents, co-workers, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc.
Exposure Risk: Tasks assigned to this position may involve potential and/or direct exposure to blood/body fluids. May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases, etc., including exposure to the AIDS and Hepatitis B virus and TB. Loud noise on occasion. A possibility of cuts of minor burns from instruments and equipment. May be exposed to communicable diseases. Possibility of strains due to moving residents or injury from irrational residents.

*Colonial Manor has excellent and affordable Health, Vision and Dental Benefits.
We also offer Tuition Reimbursement and we have RN and LPN Scholarship Programs.

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