General Statement of Job
This position has responsibility and authority for the development and implementation of nursing standards of care, policies, and nursing procedures in the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Departments. The employee performs administrative and supervisory work in managing the staff functions and evaluates the effectiveness of the care provided the patients on the unit. This position has twenty-four (24) hour responsibility for planning and scheduling of appropriate staff for the unit. The employee possesses authority for the development and implementation of nursing standards of care, policies and nursing procedures in the Obstetrics Department. The employee promotes cooperation and communications with the Obstetricians, Neonatologist and Nursing Administration for patient care.Responsibilities
Participates with department leaders and medical staff in developing policies and procedures and patient care standards to meet licensing requirements and current the Joint Commission and other regulatory standards.
Supervises staff to ensure standards are appropriate to meet the care needs of all age groups served, including providing coaching to staff.
Maintains policies and procedures to be current and in within the window of review as required by hospital policy.
Ensures staff includes the patient and family in the plan of care as appropriate. Provides direction to staff in developing patient focused goals with the patient and the family as appropriate.
Ensures physicians are notified as needed for changes in condition or new reports related to patients.
Ensures next of kin are notified of changes in patient condition as required by regulations and that notifications are appropriately documented.
Maintains a performance improvement monitoring system to measure patient care outcomes and identifies improvement opportunities. Works within the hospital Performance Improvement system, utilizing tools and reporting mechanisms to demonstrate improvement over time.
Involves staff in the performance improvement processes for the department; i.e., problem identification, data collection, data assessment and follow up processes for measuring improvement.
Develops and implements programs and protocols which are in compliance with national professional guidelines (e.g., AWHONN).
Provides leadership for assessing processes, policies and procedures which direct care and challenges staff to make modifications, and improvements in the delivery of patient care.
Manages department within the FTE and cost standards assigned and within the annual budget, in addition to identifying cost saving measures and opportunities.
Assesses the current staffing plan for effectiveness and efficiency in relation to patient care volumes on a consistent basis.
Identifies equipment needs, supplies, linen, and other resources required for patient care. Communicates with other leaders in planning for effectively utilizing these resources. Manages equipment use in a safe and effective manner, preventing unnecessary repairs and replacement.
Communicates the staffing plan necessary to meet patient care needs in the Obstetrics Department, ensuring the appropriate number and skill level of staff are employed and utilized effectively and efficiently.
Ensures patient charges are captured as appropriate for the department.
Counsels staff on adhering to cost saving measures.
Managing Human Resources:
Interprets policies and procedures, national patient safety goals and standards of care of assigned staff. Provides counsel and discipline on policies, procedures, national patient safety goals and standards of care appropriately in the daily supervision of the Obstetrics Department.
Provides orientation and education of staff to ensure performance of responsibilities is carried out within a culture of safety through compliance with National Patient Safety Goals and infection control practices, policies and procedures.
Interviews applicants for position vacancies and makes hiring recommendations to the Director of Nursing.
Maintains current job descriptions for all positions within the department
Coordinates with and adheres to Human Resources policies and procedures in managing department staff.
Completes payroll documentation and approves timecards in Kronos.
Ensures staff is organized and oriented to work as a team with other care providers; utilizing good communication skills, critical thinking, and checkpoints for teamwork.
Assesses the competence and skill of staff to meet the requirements of the respective job description.
Monitors employee performance to identify education and training needs as well as performance improvement needs. Implements plans for improvement as appropriate.
Performs staff performance appraisals within the policies of the hospital to include the probationary initial evaluation and the annual evaluation on all department staff.
Counsels staff with appropriate documentation as needed to recognize and reward good performance and to identify and monitor areas needing improvement.
Identifies educational needs of staff and works with available resources both internally and externally to meet the learning needs of staff.
Maintains an effective method of keeping staff informed of current hospital events, collaborative policies and procedures within the hospital as well as the department, keeping a channel of communications with staff consistently open.
Maintains patient relations through interdepartmental communications and team building.
Managing Department Service:
Oversees and manages all nursing functions for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Departments.
Serves as a resource to the nursing staff in clinical and managerial decision-making.
Makes daily rounds of the unit and follows up on any problems identified with the patients, facility or equipment.
Performs rounding and serves as an example for practicing customer service.
Reviews charts of new admissions or patients with unusual occurrences.
Participates in the care planning for patients on the unit.
Assists with managing, documenting and investigating incidents and accidents to determine contributing factors and details regarding the incident. Ensures that notifications are complete and appropriate documentation and interventions are in place.
Prepares written and oral reports for the Director of Nursing as requested.
Assists and participates in activities related to the inspection/investigation of the hospital by regulatory or accrediting agencies.
Evaluates the perinatal department function continually to determine opportunities for expanding services or reducing services not utilized.
Actively seeks opportunities for improving the service of staff and of the department; making recommendations to the Director of Nursing accordingly.
Plans strategically on a short-term and long-term basis for service expansion or enhancement within the department.
Monitors department activity and function each month for utilization. Identifies services that are not effectively utilized and determine appropriate interventions for improvement.
Identifies services that are not effectively utilized and determines appropriate interventions for improvement.
Implements new technology and practices that may be effectively improve safe, effective quality care for the obstetrics, neonatal and pediatrics patient populations.
Participates in budget planning and strategic planning with emphasis on the potential for the department to grow in volume, services, quality, and/or programs.
Maintains professional growth with continuing education, by providing in-service, coaching and mentoring of staff for continuing the professional growth of the department.
Supports and demonstrates practices consistent with the hospital’s mission, philosophy, standards, policies and procedures.
Adheres to professional nursing codes of ethics.
Emergency duty may be required of the incumbent that includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats or disasters, man-made or natural.