The Hospital Charge Nurse exhibits and executes Baylor Scott & White Health's (BSWH) Values & Behaviors in delivering and coordinating patient care. Utilizing the BSWH nursing professional practice model, the Charge Nurse is a licensed professional who is responsible for providing quality patient care and management of all patients and nursing staff for a specific clinic area and functions in an administrative and/or managerial capacity in the clinical environment.
Serves as permanent Charge Nurse on assigned unit/department; directs, coordinates and participates in the evaluation/supervision of the nursing process as the basis for patient care practice, ensuring the highest quality patient care is delivered, cost-effective operations and continuity of care
Clinical Judgment : Using clinical reasoning, conducts accurate clinical assessments according to practice standards. Identifies and prioritizes patient/family needs. Develops, implements and evaluates the nursing plan of care. Modifies plan to meet clinical outcomes. Shares accountability for effective decision-making by acquiring necessary skills, mastering relevant content, assessing situations accurately, sharing fact-based information, communicating professional opinions clearly and inquiring actively
Clinical Inquiry : Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice, including, but not limited to, nursing sensitive indicators. Supports the implementation of changes. Provides evidence-based practices. Implements practice changes through research utilization and experiential learning. Participates in quality/performance improvement initiatives.
Caring Practices : Creates a compassionate, supportive, safe and therapeutic environment for patients/families and staff. Demonstrates empathy, sensitivity and patience. Develops therapeutic relationships with patient and family and maintains appropriate boundaries. Manages both emotional and physical pain with the aim of promoting comfort and healing and preventing unnecessary suffering.
Response to Diversity : Recognizes, appreciates and incorporates unique differences of 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 level of understanding to provide effective communication.
Advocacy/Moral Agency : Preserves and protects the confidentiality, autonomy, dignity and rights of patient and family. Completes assessments and formulates an individualized plan to accurately reflect patient and family values and goals so they can be fully represented in care. Works on behalf of patients and families and represents their concerns. Identifies and helps resolve ethical and clinical concerns.
Facilitation of Learning Facilitates the learning for patients/families, nursing staff, other members of the health care team and community. Integrates patient and family education throughout the delivery of care. Helps patients and families learn what they need to successfully transition within the health care environment, including changes in level of care and discharge to home or other facility. Assesses and documents learning needs/learning outcomes. Collaborates with peers in establishing individualized teaching plans. Provides patient and family with appropriate information to help them participate and/or make informed decisions about their health care and treatments, including health promotion 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 to develop and implement an integrated plan of care. Delegates tasks/care to appropriate staff and ensures timely follow-up. Demonstrates critical communication skills including self-awareness, inquiry/dialogue, conflict management, negotiation, advocacy and listening. Embraces true collaboration as an ongoing process and invests in its development to ensure a sustained culture of collaboration.
Systems Thinking : Uses strategies and available resources for problem-solving for patient/family and staff. Assumes an active role in keeping informed about changes in hospital policy, procedures and equipment. Recognizes that resources are 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 professional rather than a job - through components such as maintaining a positive and caring attitude, clean/neat appearance, willingness to help others, educational development and training, self-awareness and the overall way of interacting with others.
The ideal candidate for the Hospital Charge Nurse position will be compassionate, caring and experienced in developing/implementing the plan of care for each patient, making recommendations for patient interventions, and collaborating with other health care providers to deliver care and document outcomes. The successful candidate must possess exemplary leadership and organizational skills, excellent communication skills, able to develop staff and processes to improve patient care, and promote safe passage for their patients by using knowledge of patient needs and the healthcare environment to assist patients to transition through the healthcare encounter without any preventable complications or delays.
Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits
401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5%
PTO accrual beginning Day 1
*Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level.
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!
Graduate of an accredited RN School of Nursing is required
RN license required - licensed and currently registered as a professional nurse in the State of Texas or possesses a temporary permit to practice professional nursing in the State of Texas while awaiting license receipt required
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification is required within 6 months of hire for the Psychiatric Unit.*
Basis Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is required for hire
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Basis Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) is required within 6 months of hire for all LTACH units; otherwise, BCLS is required for hire
3-5 years' experience is preferred
Internal Number: 19004530
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!