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Charge Nurse (Nurse Leader) - Complex Discharge & Observation Unit

Company: OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center
Location: Hillsboro
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Functions as the Nurse Leader for Complex Discharge & Observation nursing unit. Provides leadership and direction in accordance with the organizational philosophy and objectives.  Assumes shift responsibility and accountability for all patient care activities, unit operation, and staff function.  Ensures continuity of care on the unit by providing direct care as well as supervising the care given by nurses and supportive staff.  Fosters highly skilled professional practice and develops high functioning interdisciplinary teams. Participates in committees/teams as assigned.  Provides timely, effective feedback to staff and actively contributes to the performance evaluation process in conjunction with the nurse manager or director. Functions in direct patient care 80% of time, education functions, unit projects as assigned, and relief administrative supervisor. Hold staff accountable during their shift to ensure quality metrics are achieved for the department. Practices in adherence with the Oregon Board of Nursing (OSBN) nurse practice act and the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice for Nurse Administrators and the ANA Code of Ethics.



Performed majority of the time:

·       Assists in patient education/preparation for procedures as indicated.

·       Assists the team with various activities to support daily operations.

·       Transcribes/checks patient charts to ensure that physician orders have been carried out.

·       Determines daily staffing assignments based on available staff and patient needs in compliance with Oregon Nurse Practice Act.

·       Ensures nurse staffing plan for the unit is followed for their respective shift

·       Completes staff scheduling according to staffing plans to assure adequate availability of staff for patient care (day shift CMs for day shift schedules only).

·       Ensures onboarding of new staff is consistent and complete and documented

·       Coordinates nursing activities with other units and departments to provide optimal care to patients.

·       Ensures compliance with shift productivity tool is completed and staffing targets are met.

·       Leads shift huddle utilizing the organization’s preferred methodology

·       Accurately completes consents for treatment and transfers.

·       Maintains vigilance in assessing team and individual wellbeing through consistent leader rounding.

·       Coordinates daily activities efficiently to achieve desired results and communicates with professionalism and transparency.

Performed occasionally but critical to successful performance of the job:

·       Plans and participates in nursing in-services, conferences and designated meetings.

·       Participates in recruitment, interviewing, selection, and orientation of staff.

·       Participates in continuing education.

Decision making and budget responsibilities (e.g. impact limited to the employee, entire unit or organization-wide):

·       Decisions can impact the unit and the patient wellbeing.

·       Provides input into the development of department budgets.

Assigned direct reports (not limited to the ones listed). If not applicable, please enter N/A:

·       N/A





·       Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing. 

Internal Hires:

·       Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing required within two (2) years of transfer date into Nurse Leader position.


·       N/A



·       Minimum two (2) years of nursing experience.


·       N/A

Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations:


·       American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS

·       American Heart Association Healthcare Provider ACLS.


·       Certification in field of specialty/discipline (refer to policy N-12U) or Nursing Leadership preferred within one (1) year of hire.

Job Related Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:


·       Experience with quality improvement; developing initiatives, monitoring clinical care

·       Demonstrates effective written, communication and interpersonal skills – body language, filters, listening, paraphrasing and questions, and applies them to change management, team building, and facilitation of team effectiveness.

·       Possesses knowledge of current concepts of nursing and medical practices, and skills necessary in providing appropriate care for patients unique needs based upon age, culture, ethnicity and belief systems.

·       Exhibits effective conflict resolution skills and strong collaborative skills in daily interactions and decision-making.

·       Demonstrates ability to use a personal computer efficiently.

·       Must be able to function effectively and professionally in high stress and critical situations.

·       Uses computer skills in communicating and analyzing data.

·       Demonstrates competency when performing finger stick blood sugar.

·       Follows the procedures for use of personal protective equipment, infection control, disposal of hazardous waste and sharps.

·       Utilizes the nursing process of assessment, implementation, planning and evaluation to direct delivery of care to medical/surgical patients.

·       Performs efficiently in emergency patient situations following established policies and procedures.

·       Provides leadership and direction to the nursing staff, acts as a resource.

·       Consistently and effectively counsels employees, initiates disciplinary action, communicates action to the manager and participates as needed in follow-up activities while focusing on the situation, issue or behavior, not the person.


·       Bilingual skills.

OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center, formerly Tuality Healthcare has always been committed to our community. It's a part of how we care for each other, and part of what makes this place different.


We had a humble start in 1918 when an enterprising woman named Minnie Jones Coy started a small six-bed hospital in her Hillsboro home. She brought together independent physicians under one roof to treat the sick and provide a safe place for mothers to give birth. A century after Minnie made her commitment to the people of Hillsboro, her vision continues as we provide world-class health care to patients.


As part of our affiliation with OHSU Health, we’ve changed our name to Hillsboro Medical Center. This new moniker reflects our expanded services and clinic locations that provide patients living in Hillsboro and western Washington County greater access to primary and specialty care.

Hillsboro Medical Center believes in providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. Recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, working conditions, training, and compensation will be based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, creed, national origin, marital status, family relationship, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. We further commit ourselves to continuing the practical application of this policy in our daily business conduct.

Keywords: OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center, Hillsboro , Charge Nurse (Nurse Leader) - Complex Discharge & Observation Unit, Other , Hillsboro, Oregon

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