The primary responsibilities include the coordination, direct supervision, and evaluation of personnel and nursing care for Perinatal Float Pool and direct supervision for Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby and NICU staff during assigned shift and planning for upcoming shifts.
Hours: 4 10-hour shifts – 3:00pm start
- Provides appropriate level of clinical support, coordination, and supervision to staff in relation to daily patient care and flow operations.
- Assists staff to assess and prioritize patient care needs and develops, implements, and evaluates appropriate action plans.
- Fosters a team approach to problem solving recognizing the competency and strength of team members.
- Facilitates smooth operation in Maternal Child Health areas by assigning staff to obtain necessary available resources in a timely and efficient manner, e.g., equipment, personnel, medications, and supplies.
- Assesses emergent situations and provides required patient care assistance when unexpected needs/crisis situations occur, e.g., code situations.
- Ensures role model practice pattern that is compliant with established practice standards, policies, protocols, procedures, guidelines, statutes, and regulation, e.g., DPH, JCAHO, OSHA, DEA, Fire Order, etc.
- Collaborates with ACNO and Primary managers for Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby and NICU to assure appropriate integration of ancillary services necessary for the provision of comprehensive patient care.
- Facilitates staff to act as patients’ advocates and assists in the collaboration with families, physicians, patient and staff.
- Assists staff to accurately interpret and reinforces adherence to established policies, procedures, protocols, guideline, standards and regulatory requirements.
- Participates in collaboration with appropriate nursing leaders in the development of clinical nursing competencies and practice standards appropriate for the care of various patient populations.
- Accountable for competent performance of assigned managerial and administrative duties.
- Coordinates patient placement and utilization of nursing personnel to provide optimal patient care based on knowledge of patient needs and acuity, level of staff competence, and budgetary guidelines.
- Participates in the interview process for staff and leadership candidates as requested.
- Communicates interventions taken in response to administrative or clinical issues and their outcomes to appropriate hospital leaders, administrators on-call, nurse managers, etc.
- Provides general supervision to all other departmental and ancillary employees. Documents and communicates staff issues to appropriate staff manager.
- Provides staff with timely, constructive written and verbal feedback regarding their professional development.
- Conducts, when necessary, independent investigation of employee incidents involving clinical practice issues inclusive of review of employee personnel riles, discipline record, and evaluations.
- Initiates disciplinary action in accordance with policy and procedure. Documents actions and communicates outcomes with appropriate staff managers.
- Contacts nurse manager, ACNO or administrator on-call in a timely manner to discuss and formulate required actions for various clinical or administrative issues that may arise.
- Assures compliance with all aspects of union agreements, federal and state laws and regulations that pertain to healthcare and labor relations.
- Assumes responsibility for own ongoing professional development.
- Completes the annual mandatory hospital and departmental educational requirements such as BCLS, NRP recertification, safety and infection control review, department and leadership competencies, etc.
- Contributes to the education and development of staff, colleagues, and others.
- Takes initiative to share knowledge, skills, and expertise with colleagues and staff in the development of self as a clinical and administrative resource.
- Provides constructive feedback to clinical instructors and nurse managers regarding staff learning and performance levels.
- Facilitates orientation/remediation process for new and experience staff througheffective collaboration with the clinical instructors and nurse managers.
- Systematically evaluates the quality, cost, and effectiveness of nursing practice.
- Provides leadership in generating clinical inquiry and critical thinking among staff by developing mechanisms that effectively translate available datato make appropriate clinical decisions or determine the best interventions.
- Provides for a safe patient care environment and supports the hospital’s risk management program through the timely and accurate completion of employee injury reports, incident reports and other required paperwork.
- Participates in the development and maintenance of operational systems related to staffing, scheduling, payroll, and acuity.
- Assists with and supports hospital and departmental cost containment initiatives and practices, e.g., pilot studies for new products, overtime approval, etc.
- Uses the results of medicos, quality improvement, and research, as well as knowledge of patient care needs and staff expertise as a basis for own decision making when faced with administrative and/or clinical issues.
- Participates in professional, community, and/or governmental organizations or committees that function to advance the nursing profession and/or improve healthcare delivery to consumers.
Requires graduation from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program; MSN preferred.
Requires license to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Demonstrated expertise with at least 2 yrs. recent Labor and Delivery experience. Previous leadership experience preferred as demonstrated by committee, task force, quality or Unit Based Council experience.
- Requires analytical ability to solve clinical nursing issues, manage budgets, supervise staff and conduct quality improvement projects.
- Work requires physical ability to perform core job responsibilities in accordance with the setting demands for patient populations regularly served.
- Advanced verbal interpersonal and writing skills in order to perform required leadership duties.
- Must have excellent organizational skill to appropriately set priorities and efficiently complete work.
- Basic computer proficiency inclusive of ability to access and enter data from computerized information systems.