The RN is a registered professional nurse who prescribes, coordinates, and evaluates patient care activities through collaborative efforts with the interdisciplinary care team in accordance with the nursing process and the standards of care and practices. The Charge Nurse is responsible for complete oversight of all patient care activities during their assigned shift and will have supervisory responsibility for other RNs, LPTs, LVNs and MHTs.
Additional requirements for Charge Nurse II and Charge Nurse III positions are in italics and only apply to employees in those classifications (II & III).
Education:Graduate from an accredited RN program required. Bachelor's Degree preferred (II & III).Masters Degree preferred (III)
Experience: Experience in the acute psychiatric health care field is preferred. At least one year experience in the psychiatric field required (II). At least five years experience in the psychiatric field required (III).
Licensure & Certification: Currently maintains an active RN license issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Psychiatric Nurse Certification preferred (III).
Additional Requirements: CPR with AED (CPR/AED) certification must be current and presented to Human Resources upon hire. You must successfully complete the Fremont Hospital's non- violent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) training course within 90 days of employment and prior to assisting with preventative intervention measures. You may be required to work overtime and flexible hours.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES WHAT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION SHOULD CURRENTLY POSSESS. THIS LIST MAY NOT BE COMPLETE FOR ALL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.
1. Knowledge of all code procedures.
2. Knowledge and training in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI).
3. Knowledge and training in CPR
4. Knowledge of Mental Health and Child & Adult Abuse/Neglect/Maltreatment laws.
5. Knowledge of admission and discharge procedures.
6. Knowledge of charting requirements.
7. Skill in organizing, prioritizing and delegating workloads to meet deadlines.
8. Skill in telephone etiquette, customer service and paging procedures.
9. Effective oral and written communication skills.
10. Ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, visitors and co-workers.
11. Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.
12. Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
13. Ability to work as a team player.
14. Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience, ownership and dedication.
15. Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
16. Ability to recognize the importance of adapting to the various patient age groups (adolescent, adult and geriatric).
17. Ability to participate in all aspects of patient care management.
18. Ability to meet deadlines for assigned activities.
19. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
20. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
21. Knowledge of group dynamics.
22. Knowledge of psychiatric and medical nursing procedures essential.
23. Knowledge of psychiatric and personality disorders.
24. Knowledge of the implementation of milieu management and therapeutic interaction.
25. Knowledge of group dynamics.
26. Knowledge of current medications including indications, dosage ranges and possible side-effects.
27. Knowledge of food and drug interactions.
28. Knowledge of facility policies & procedures.
29. Working knowledge of LPS, Patients' Rights and DHS requirements (II & III).
30. Working knowledge of JCAHO & CMS regulations and standards (III).
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPECIAL DEMANDS
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES HOW AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION CURRENTLY PERFORMS THE FUNCTIONS OF THIS POSITION. MODIFICATIONS TO THE MANNER IN THAT THIS JOB MAY BE PERFORMED WILL BE REVIEWED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.
Ability to stand, sit or walk up to six hours, sit for up to two hours.
Ability to move frequently is required in the delivery of patient care.
Visual acuity is needed for accurate reading of patient charts and for demonstrating activities or assisting patients in activities.
Ability to spend 20% of the work day outdoors in temperatures varying form 30°-100°F and 80% of the work day indoors in temperatures varying from 60°-85°F.
Ability to occasionally push/pull wheeled carts from 200 lbs. (i.e., medication cart, chart rack, linen cart, EKG machine, patients).
Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 10 lbs. (i.e. juices, charts, patient's belongings) and occasionally lift and carry up to 100 lbs.
Ability to participate in Non-Violent Physical Crisis Interventions / Code Greens.
Ability to frequently reach above, at or below shoulder height (obtains supplies, reach in cabinets, use refrigerator, access medication drawers/carts), kneel, bend, stoop, turn, and twist.
Ability to frequently handle, through gross and fine manipulations, simple grasping, twisting and fingering of small objects (medications, syringes, telephone buttons, thermometers with both hands).
Ability to discern a variety of odors.
Ability to occasionally handle hazardous/infectious waste.
Ability to work in an environment where the noise level is frequently high.
Ability to work in an environment where chemicals are frequently used for cleaning; where mechanical and electrical hazards may be occasionally present; and where dust, mist and steam are frequently generated in housekeeping tasks.
Ability to work at a rapid pace and tolerate a variety of repetitive tasks.
MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER WORK AIDES
THIS SECTION DESCRIBES THOSE MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER WORK AIDES AN EMPLOYEE IN THIS POSITION MUST BE ABLE TO USE.
1. Medical and nursing equipment and supplies.
2. Telephone and paging systems.
3. Policies & Procedures, plan and program manuals.