Responsibilities and Tasks
Clinical Practice:Provides independent care of unit specific patient population; serves as Clinical Resource for others, utilizes and integrates evidence into practice, functions effectively in roles specific to unit (such as arrest team for ICU, triage for ED, etc).Accountable to patients and families for the processes and outcomes of care during an episode of care.Accountable to peers for the advancement of group practice on the unit, and to the nurse manager for the totality of work performance.Serves as a clinical expert and professional resource for the unit nurses. Utilizes clinical expertise to teach nurses informally on the unit in a structured role or through formal teaching in classes.Advances clinical practice on the unit, consistently integrates evidence into practice and uses this as a firm foundation for unit practice.Service/Quality:Leads efforts to address Nursing Sensitive Quality Indicators (NSQI) improvement opportunities; develops/implements and evaluates action plans.Leads performance improvement initiatives by designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating results.Monitors patient and unit safety standards; actively contributes to development and implementation of improvement plans.Coaches CNI and CNIIs on PI and/or evidence-based practice.Complies with, participates and leads regulatory activities in the unit/division or organization.Leads in the development of Performance Improvement, or Evidence Based Practice, or research at the unit level
Unit Operations:Performs charge role as scheduled; coaches new charge nurses.Oversees unit orientation program. plans clinical experiences for orientation.Serves as a unit steward such as liaison for lab, nutrition, pharmacy, etc.Mentors and coaches other nurses to advance their development and to maintain competencies required for the patient population served.Role models and holds peers accountable for Health Work Environment guidelines (communication, collaboration, effective decision making, recognition, leadership, staffing)Orients nurses to unit level governance structure and councils
Professional Development:Serves as an expert preceptor, coach and mentor to new nurses, students and preceptorsMentors and coaches unit leaders or those assuming leadership roles on councils or major governance initiatives.Leads unit processes for development of ancillary personnel s skills and development; leads unit based peer review processes.Actively engaged in advancing own practice; role model for others.
Associated topics: care, care unit, coronary, intensive, neonatal, nurse, recovery, registered nurse, staff nurse, unit