Nurse Manager


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Job Description

This position is eligible to receive a sign-on bonus for a one-year or two-year commitment. Please apply and/or contact Human Resources for details.

Under the direction of the Director of Nursing, the Nurse Manager is responsible for the clinical leadership and coordination of all nursing personnel.  This position ensures the delivery of quality nursing care by managing and supervising the staff providing direct care.  Serves actively and constructively as member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team in support of the organization and program treatment philosophy; to ensure the safety and well-being of patients. The Nurse Manager:

  • Provides leadership through assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation of direct patient care services provided in each clinical area.
  • Assists DON and HR Department with hiring and selection processes through screening, interviewing and making recommendation for hire.  Anticipates staffing trends and needs and proactively offers staffing solutions.
  • Ensures productive and efficient staffing of units based on a thorough understanding of the correlation between patient census and FTE standards; coordinates with Scheduler and assumes staffing function as needed.
  • Monitors patient progress in compliance with treatment plan, making recommendations in accordance with patient care needs; ensure medical/nursing needs are addressed in the treatment plan.
  • Provides clinical supervision and assists staff in planning patient care
  • Creates, maintains, actively audits clinical and performance databases; works to ensure, timely, accurate completion of all required care documentation by nursing care staff.
  • Provides feedback to staff on performance, reinforcing desired behaviors and teambuilding efforts and intervening promptly in deficiencies to reduce turnover rate and formal performance measures.
  • Instructs and guides mental health specialists, and nurses in patient care responsibilities and assignments
  • Demonstrates clinical expertise and sets a strong therapeutic tone for patient interventions; works diligently to reduce the occurrences of physical restraint and seclusion of patients.
  • Reviews safety, risk management, infection control and incident reports to identify and discuss trends with nursing staff.
  • Reviews and analyzes patient chart data for nursing improvement opportunities in the areas of programming and core delivery
  • Working with DON, develops and implements ongoing staffing development plans; coordinates training resources to meet those needs
  • Performs personnel management activities including direct staff supervision, orientation/training/development, performance management and employee relations functions; adheres to HR policies/procedures, and applicable employment laws, standards and regulations
  • Completes Kronos data entry for direct care staff ensuring  a timely and accurate account of hours worked each week/pay period
  • Completes performance evaluations for staff in a timely manner, including initial and 90-day competencies, and annual performance evaluations
  • May serve as the acting DON in the absence of the DON and work on the unit in critical staffing situations
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned.
  • Job Requirements

    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Must have an Associate's degree or higher in Nursing (Bachelor's degree is preferred) and a valid State of Alaska RN license. Experience in planning and implementing therapeutic programming and experience with clinical infection control practices is required.

    KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Possess a working knowledge of aseptic techniques, prevention and control of communicable diseases, safe work practices and basics management skills; remain current with federal, state, and local healthcare standards, policies and procedures for workplace health and safety; able to maintain working relationships with medical staff; possess sound clinical judgment and critical thinking skills; possess good record-keeping and organizational skills; able to perform concentrated and/or complex mental activity with frequent involvement in complex and/or highly technical situations; able to perform assignments with minimal supervision; be self-directed and willing to assume decision making responsibilities; able to work successfully under highly stressful conditions; able to make sound, independent judgments based on scientific and/or ethical principles; capability of adapting to varying workloads and work assignments on a constant basis; Effective comprehensive reading skills, strong communication skills - both written and verbal; have math skills to perform calculation of drug dosages; Must possess a valid Alaska Drivers License in order to transport patients and/or staff, or drive hospital vehicles; must have a working knowledge of computers; possesses/displays working knowledge of basic statistical data analysis (collecting, organizing, analyzing and presenting relevant clinical data as needed and assigned).

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION: Must be willing and able to execute the patient de-escalation methods, both verbal and physical; be able to complete new hire requirements such as State of Alaska Background Check and Drug Testing; be able to demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups, as well as job and/or program specific competency within the first three (3) months of training; be certified in CPR and Handle with Care within the first month of training and annually thereafter; complete all mandatory in-services annually; attend and/or participate in monthly direct care staff and nurse meetings; be tested for Tuberculosis with a PPD skin test or chest x-ray upon hire; PPD skin test required annually or chest x-ray annually thereafter; be at least 21 years of age to work in an RTC.

    GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Working conditions for all employees are as follows, but are not limited to a psychiatric hospital setting: risk involved in the event of aggressive patient(s); workload may include day, evening, night, weekend, and/or holiday shifts. Employees may occasionally be exposed to blood borne pathogens and loud noises. Mental demands described herein are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, but are not limited to the ability to remain calm in stressful environments; and the emotional stability, physical stamina, and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Requirements include, but are not limited to the ability to communicate effectively with employees; the ability to effectively utilize communication equipment; the physical agility to manage cleaning equipment; the ability to read and write. Additionally, the Nurse Manager must frequently utilize physical ability for standing or sitting for long periods of time; regularly utilize physical ability for speaking, hearing, and seeing with correction for close and distance vision, color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception and focusing ability.  Speaking and hearing may be necessary for conversing with and assessing employees; be able to ascend/descend stairs and ramps; use body agility; bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist; bend legs at knees to come to a rest on knees; be able to extend hands and arms in any direction; be able to use upper and lower extremities to exert force in a pulling or pushing motion. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; be able to raise objects from a lower to higher position or from side-to-side; concentrate amidst distractions; must be able to perform work of a repetitive nature; must respond calmly to potentially volatile clients. The worker is subject to both environmental conditions and hazards, as activities can occur inside and outside with various physical conditions. Mental demands include but are not limited to emotional stability, physical stamina and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.