The Nurse Manager is responsible for the clinical practice of nursing which includes directing all services provided by the Nursing Services Department. The Nurse Manager is responsible for ensuring coordinated delivery of patient care in accordance with the established standards of care, mental health practice and hospital policy, goals and objectives. This position assists in contributing to the hospital's philosophy, objectives, educational and Performance & Improvement efforts, while providing supervision to the nursing staff assigned to his/her unit.
STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE
THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE TJC STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE.
Ensure that all staff members deliver care in accordance with the Standards of Care and Practice.
Implement the unit policies and procedures and act as a resource to the staff.
Responsible for unit compliance with TJC, CMS state and regulatory standards and patient rights standards.
Evaluate program effectiveness and formulates plans for improvement.
Develop staffing schedules for Full Time Staff in accordance with patient needs.
Coordinate or assist in the process for determining and maintaining accurate legal processes for patients.
Ensure and or assist the Infection Control, Safety and Risk Management policies are consistently implemented on the unit and followed.
Coordinate, maintain and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment planning offered by Nursing Services.
Process unusual occurrence reports, conduct investigations and corrective plans when needed.
Participate in performance improvement activities and is responsible for the effectiveness of the unit quality improvement program.
Monitor medical records for appropriate documentation of care and effectiveness and assurecompletion of Night Audit deficiencies.
Make sure that prioritization is formulated when a plan of care is based on a patient' assessment and it's according to policy.
Ensure and or assist in the development of a plan of care with specific and measurable goals, objectives and interventions defining actions unique to each patient's needs.
Update and revise the plan as goals/objectives are met or when the patient's condition changes.
Provide oversight over the Treatment Plans and ensure there is Documentation of the nursing interventions and the patient's response to the intervention.
Assign and direct personnel in the implementation of the nursing care plans and verifies the patient's care through direct observation and consistent review of the chart.
Provide education to patients and families based on their identified needs and limitations, such as, communication, interpersonal and social skills as well as basic principles of physical health.
Promote learning experiences and provide educational materials to patients and their families.
Provide and document discharge instructions including food and drug interactions, diets and activities as appropriate.
Evaluate and document the effectiveness of all patient teaching.
Provide opportunities for patients and families to question, discuss and explore their feelings about prescribed therapies/interventions/diagnosis.
Assure patients are adequately oriented to the unit.
Monitor unit activity and encourages patient participation.
Prescribe, delegate, and coordinate nursing care to patients during hospitalization.
Provide structure and maintain a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the patient and other health care providers.
Consistently utilize universal precautions and environmental safety guidelines.
Utilize self as a role model to promote health communication.
Employ principles of communication, interviewing techniques, problem solving and crisis intervention when performing psychotherapeutic interventions.
Interventions are based on knowledge of psychiatric and medical nursing procedures, as well as the plan of care.
Safely and accurately administer medication to patients.
Transcribe and carry out treatment orders accurately.
Use appropriate interventions in psychiatric and medical emergencies.
Complete a comprehensive nursing assessment and patient interview according to policy within eight hours of patient's admission to the unit.
Document patient information and nursing care.
Document and reassess any significant changes in the patient's condition in compliance with facility policy.
Make staff/patient assignments based on patient needs.
Assess the milieu and determines staffing needs for each shift.
Report any signs or symptoms of infection in patients to the Infection Control Nurse.
Verify the accuracy of patient records.
Provide supervision to the nursing staff and acts as a resource for hospital policies and procedures.