Oct 14, 2021

Charge Nurse - Surgical ICU Intensivist 3rd floor *Full time - Days*

  • St. Joseph Health & Covenant Health
  • Lubbock, TX, USA

Job Description

Covenant Health is seeking a full time, day shift Charge Nurse with the Surgical ICU Intensivist at Covenant Medical Center. Apply Today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text with some additional questions from our Modern Hire system.

Job Summary:

The RN independently uses the nursing process to safely, therapeutically and efficiently care for a group of patients. Uses information from a variety of sources to assess, plan, implement, identify outcomes and evaluate patient's plan of care.

On call, and after hours, with occasional weekend and night work.

Professional Practice Advancement Program:

RN I: Advanced Beginner less than one year of nursing experience; provides nursing care in an effective and safe manner.

RN II: Competent nurse, provides care in a skilled and effective manner, utilizing appropriate technical and decision making skills.

RN III: Proficient nurse, provides nursing care efficiently and effectively using a high level of technical and organizational skills as well as critical thinking ability.

RN IV: Expert nurse, demonstrates a high level of knowledge/expertise in specialty as well as general nursing, is a leader/resource to nursing/healthcare team and engaged in unit/medical center activities. Certification: Specialty certification required. Education: BSN required for promotion to RN IV

Essential Functions:

  • COLLABORATION: The process whereby the health care team plan and practice together as colleagues, working interdependently within the boundaries of their scope of practices using shared values and mutual respect for each other’s contribution to care for individuals, their families and communities. Mayor elements include non-hierarchal relationships and intra-inter professional collegiality.

• Facilitates patient care through developing and maintaining therapeutic & effective communication/ relationships with patient/family and the health care team:

◦ Recognizes and communicates patient condition/care changes to charge nurse, supervisor, medical staff and other team members within an appropriate time frame; completes bedside shift report and documentation in a timely manner.

◦ Anticipates and is prepared to present information to patients and families regarding plan of care.

◦ Demonstrates appropriate use of conflict resolution skills with patients, families, coworkers, physicians and patient care team members.

◦ Empowers patient and family to maximize participation in care.

◦ Serves as a resource to staff and demonstrates leadership in resolving unit operational problems.

• Participates in shared governance and participative leadership, including appropriate delegation of care:

◦ Serves in a leadership/proactive role in accomplishing shared governance activities at unit level and service line or institutional council or committees.

◦ Identifies areas of practice where nurses may impact unit activities.

◦ Demonstrates ability to analyze critical incidents and proactively develops recommendations to prevent recurrence.

◦ Involves and recruits diverse resources when appropriate to optimize patient outcomes.

◦ Demonstrates ability to coordinate staff in times of crisis.

◦ Serves as resource and gives direction for delegation of nursing intervention related to area of expertise.

• Demonstrates awareness of unit/service budget and guidelines related to staffing and scheduling:

◦ Identifies and recommends opportunities for more efficient use of human and material resources.

◦ Articulate unit budgetary principals such as length of stay, FTE and cost per unit of service.

◦ Assists in development of plans to meet monthly operational budget, i.e. Staff assignments over time.

◦ Serves in a leadership role through coordinating, facilitating and evaluating, self-scheduling process.

  • CLINICAL PRACTICE: The practitioner is accountable to recognize the health and quality of life needs of patients, family and community and to collaborate with them to achieve mutually agreed upon goals. The practitioner utilizes his/her specialized skills and scientific knowledge to design collaborative and integrated care that binds together all resources in a goal oriented movement toward health. Components of clinical practice are competence, evidenced based practice/continuous quality improvement, advanced practice nursing and practice standards.

• Implements safe and therapeutic care for patients and provides a safe environment specific to age and development of the patient population served:

◦ Adheres to all safety policies and procedures; identifies safety issues or hazards in the work environment and communicates deficiencies appropriately.

◦ Assumes a leadership role, directs and assists team members in setting priorities for meeting and coordinating patient care.

◦ Anticipates and integrates individual/developmental/cultural differences into patient/family care.

◦ Anticipates and responds to potential problems and patient complications in complex high-risk populations.

◦ Effectively mediates real or potential threats to security of patients, co-workers or visitors.

• Assists in creating an environment that promotes educational growth opportunities for peers and develops ongoing plan for self-development:

◦ Creates an environment that fosters the skill development of others.

◦ Serves as a resource for staff in the care of patients.

◦ Independently develops and completes action plan for securing goals in a timely manner and meets personal goals set.

◦ Seeks opportunities to teach, coach, and mentor others.

◦ Provides evidence of preparation for specialty certification exam.

• Assures quality through application of evidenced based practice to policy, procedure, standards of care, clinical pathways and protocol changes:

◦ Seeks current evidence-based literature to support nursing practice.

◦ Incorporates the research process and the performance improvement model to enhance nursing practice.

◦ Assists with development and implementation of policies, procedures, and standards of patient care.

◦ Precepts and works with other team members and nurse manager to facilitate changes in policies, procedures and protocols based on performance improvement and research activities.

• Maintains clinical competence:

◦ Assists in developing, assessing and validating clinical competencies of team members.

◦ Demonstrates proficiency in complex clinical skills.

◦ Possesses clinical knowledge/skills to meet the changing requirements of the patient population.

• Utilizes nursing process to perform a comprehensive, age-specific assessment of patient & family needs, including identification of formal teaching needs for specific patients/families and communities:

◦ Applies nursing process to complex and changing situations.

◦ Coordinates a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to assessment.

◦ Serves as a clinical resource for the development of advanced assessment skills.

◦ Acts as a clinical resource to coworkers when the need for development of complex teaching plan is identified.

◦ Participates in organizational/community educational programs.

◦ Participates in the development, selection and/or acquisition of educational materials and resources.

• Utilizes nursing process to develop/revise plan of care and evaluates patient progress toward expected outcomes:

◦ Applies problem-solving skills in formulating the plan of care for conditions not frequently seen.

◦ Acts as a resource for development and evaluation of complex discharge plans and patient outcomes.

◦ Utilize quality improvement processes to evaluate patient care and outcomes.

◦ Plans, implements and monitors corrective changes in clinical practice.

◦ Responsible for accurate, complete, and individualized documentation of patient assessment, goals, plan of care, interventions and care provided, as well as patient’s progress toward discharge goals.

  • CULTURE & CARING: The central theme of the CHS Practice Model is the caring relationship that exists between the patient/family and nurse. Caring practices are activities that are responsive to the uniqueness of the patient/family and that create a compassionate and therapeutic environment. Holistic practice addresses physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and developmental needs of patients and families across the life span. Care for the body, mind and spirit – from birth to final stage of life – is a desired characteristic of professional practice. Culture is a collection of traditions, beliefs, value and behaviors that make up the context for how care is delivered. Culture forms and develops over time. The desired culture supports and values are:

◦ Innovative and improvement, openness, risk taking, integrity, trust and mutual respect.

◦ A nursing code of ethics which is securely integrated into day to day activities.

◦ Interdisciplinary collaboration.

◦ Advancement of nursing practice.

◦ Reward and recognition for professional achievements.

• Demonstrates commitment toward patient advocacy, customer satisfaction, and a culture based on innovation, openness, integrity, trust and mutual respect while maintaining ethical standards. Cross reference the Values Based Competencies:

◦ Identifies situations that obstruct positive patient outcomes and engages in proactive behaviors to reduce barriers.

◦ Provides guidance to team members regarding problem-solving process to address ethical dilemmas.

◦ Identifies potential ethical issues before they arise and initiates actions to prevent conflict.

◦ Questions and initiates discussion on ethical dilemmas that impact operational systems.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education :

  • Meet the criteria to sit for the NCLEX examination and become licensed in the state of Texas.
  • BSN required for promotion to RN IV.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • Current licensure in Texas or an approved compact state as a Registered Nurse.
  • BLS (AHA) certification upon hire.
  • ACLS within 1 year

Covenant Health is celebrating over 100 years of serving Lubbock and our South Plains region. As the oldest and largest health system in Lubbock and the region, we currently employ over 5,200 people with a medical staff of over 600 physicians.

For over 100 years, Covenant has been driven by a mission of providing a Christian ministry of healing and caring for the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Our vision and differentiator is we are the only faith-based, integrated health network in the West Texas/eastern New Mexico region dedicated to a Christian ministry of healing.

As an expression of our mission, we believe we hold an important Covenant with our patients and try and treat every interaction as Sacred Encounters.

Our ministry includes six hospitals with over 1,100 licensed beds:

Covenant Medical Center - CMC

Covenant Children’s

Covenant Specialty

Covenant Plainview - PLV

Covenant Levelland - LVL

Trustpoint (joint venture: Rehab Hospital of Lubbock)

Covenant Medical Group (CMG)

Covenant Health Partners

Hospice of Lubbock

Covenant Health's total service area includes 25 counties that covers most of West Texas and eastern New Mexico. The service area covers approximately 750,000 people and approximately 35,000 square miles.

Covenant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Covenant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Positions specified as “on call, per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Covenant Health

Category: Medical/Surgical Nursing

Req ID: R339116