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SoutheastHEALTH RN Charge Nurse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

RN Charge Nurse

Nursing - RN
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Surgery Part-Time



Duties focus on assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating perioperative patient care and acting as a patient advocate at all timesBegin

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrates the ability to be a professional role model. Demonstrate open, honest, and respectful communication

  • Assist to develop and support department goals and critical success factors with ability to drive awareness and participation of team members

  • Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to accept new ideas and challenges

  • Demonstrates strong customer service skills

  • Ensures maximum efficiency for optimal patient flow and staff assignment management (running the board). Assists to proactively communicate with physicians regarding availability of rooms, reasons for delays and other pertinent information

  • Responsible to keep OR Nurse Manager and the Administrative Director of Perioperative Services informed of unexpected or out of the ordinary occurrences during the work day

  • In conjunction with the Clinical Coordinator (and/or Team Lead) actively reviews cases the day prior and on the day of surgery to re-organize procedures as needed

  • Assists with coordination of materials management selection and needs with physicians, sales associates, staff members, administration, and materials management. Standardize the workflow involving the justification process for new equipment and supply requests

  • Effective communication with leadership staff and surgeons to standardize products. Drive awareness of supply costs

  • Functions as a clinical liaison and resource for the Perioperative/MM Department

  • Collaborates in the development of the operational and capital budget

  • Reviews the schedule daily. Coordinates the preparation and communication of procedural needs with departmental staff at daily huddles. Networks with PeriAnesthesia Staff to maximize efficiency of the patient experience

  • Proven evidence of ability to organize and prioritize

  • Assists in preparation of employee schedules

  • Obtaining equipment and supplies for assigned procedures and anticipating needs of surgeon and other "scrubbed" personnel

  • Ascertains that sterile technique is maintained and corrects any noted "breaks"

  • Verifies patient identity, correct surgical procedure, and completeness of necessary records, lab test, x-rays, etc.

  • Notifies surgeon/anesthesia of unusual circumstances and takes appropriate emergency actions

  • Prioritizes effectively to expedite "turn over time" and procedure time

  • Maintains positive working relationship with physicians and fellow employees - recognizes personal limitations and seeks guidance

  • Acts as a role model and mentor for new staff

  • The Team Leader/Charge Nurse will be able to perform in the role of Team Leader, Team member, and/or compatible roles

  • Assists others with “set-ups” and all aspects of patient care when time allows

  • Duties require interaction with different patient age groups, i.e., neonate, child, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, and requires recognition that different age groups require specialized attention or care

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

  • One year or more prior operating room experience preferred

  • BCLS required

  • CNOR desirable

  • The Charge Nurse has successfully completed orientation and has experience in their assigned area of responsibility

  • Communication and an attitude of responsiveness is absolutely key to all positions in the per-operative area

  • A “can-do” attitude is required for the exemplary customer service expected

  • Teamwork along with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude are required

  • These traits equate to excellent service to patients, family members, physicians and co-workers

  • Teamwork also enhances patient safety as perioperative staff work together. “Together we make a difference through our commitment to excellence in health care.”

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English