As one of the nation's leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children - even those who may never enter our doors - through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
Nemours is seeking a Charge Nurse (PICU) FULL-TIME, to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Orlando, Florida.
Located in Orlando, Fla., Nemours Children's Hospital is the newest addition to the Nemours integrated healthcare system. Our 100-bed pediatric hospital also features the area's only 24-hour Emergency Department designed just for kids as well as outpatient pediatric clinics including several specialties previously unavailable in the region. A hospital designed by families for families, Nemours Children's Hospital blends the healing power of nature with the latest in healthcare innovation to deliver world-class care to the children of Central Florida and beyond. In keeping with our goal of bringing Nemours care into the communities we serve, we also provide specialty outpatient care in several clinics located throughout the region.
Charge nurse is a member of the unit leadership: supervises staff and is accountable for daily shift operations.
"Practice of professional nursing" means the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill based upon applied principles of psychological, biological, physical, and social sciences which shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) The observation, assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care; health teaching and counseling of the ill, injured, or infirm; and the promotion of wellness, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness of others.
(b) The administration of medications and treatments as prescribed or authorized by a duly licensed practitioner authorized by the laws of this state to prescribe such medications and treatments.
(c) The supervision and teaching of other personnel in the theory and performance of any of the acts.
The Charge Nurse implements the patient care delivery model for the patient and their family. Clinical Judgment
- Utilize and ensure compliance with policies, procedures, guidelines, and reliable methods to make clinical practice decisions.
- Recognize and respond to the dynamic situation while sorting out extraneous detail and exercises clinical judgment based on an immediate grasp of the whole picture for the patient population of the assigned clinical area.
- Independently develop, implement, evaluate, and modify clinical practice matching formal knowledge with critical thinking and nursing skills.
- Collect and interpret complex patient data with clinical events to make clinical decisions to meet individual patient and family needs.
- Engage in multidisciplinary collaboration, proactively seek expert consultation, and delegate to other clinicians, as appropriate, while using evidence-based guidelines.
- Demonstrate knowledge seeking behaviors and identify clinical questions. Seek/provide advice, resources, and/or education opportunities to improve patient care.
- Participate in the research process and implement changes in practice based upon the evidence
- Create a safe, compassionate, supportive, and therapeutic environment for patients, family, and Associates.
- Promote comfort and healing and prevent unnecessary suffering with vigilance, engagement, and responsiveness.
- Develop professional and trusting relationships that facilitate patient/family coping while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Response to Diversity
- Recognize, appreciate, and incorporate differences into the provision of patient and family centered care, including cultural, spiritual, gender/gender identity, lifestyle, race, ethnicity, linguistic, socioeconomic status, age, developmental, and values.
- Demonstrate effective methods of communication as required to meet the patient and family health care literacy needs.
- Preserve and protect the confidentiality, autonomy, dignity, and rights of patient and families.
- Acknowledge and adapt to the organizational culture and healthcare environment.
Advocacy/ Moral Agency
Serve as a moral agent in identifying and help to resolve ethical and clinical concerns within and outside the clinical setting.
- Advocate on behalf of patients, families, and Associates while promoting adherence to the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
- Act as resource for patients and families working towards resolution of ethical and moral issues. Initiate ethics consult when appropriate.
- Effectively communicate and collaborate with nursing leaders and the inter-professionals within the hospital system.
- Work with patients, families, and Associates in a way that respectfully promotes each person's contributions toward developing and achieving optimal patient and family goals across the continuum.
- Participate in team meetings and discussions regarding patient care and/or practice issues .
- Involve intra- and inter-professional work with colleagues and community .
- Participate in nursing/hospital governance, councils, committees, ad hoc teams and/or initiatives to improve clinical practice and patient care outcomes.
- Facilitate timeliness of patient admissions, transfers, and discharges .
- Use the daily management systems and escalation through the chain of command .
- Utilize appropriate resources to plan and provide nursing services that are safe, effective, and financially responsible.
- Develop, integrate, and apply strategies across the continuum of care that are driven by the unique needs and strengths of the patient and family.
- Contribute to the development and revision of standards of care policies and procedures
Facilitation of Learning
- Serve as a clinical resource, mentor, coach, preceptor, based upon unit needs and individual preferences and/or abilities.
- Identify areas of educational needs and facilitate formal and informal learning for patients, families, Associates, and the community.
- Assess patients and family's readiness to learn .
- Utilize patient teaching plans that incorporate evidence based practice and evaluate effectiveness .
- Seek out a mentor to facilitate individual professional growth .
Bachelor of Science in Nursing or higher nursing degree, required**
- Active registered nurse licensure for State of Florida required
- National certification: obtain within one year of eligibility and maintain certification in area of clinical specialty (preferred)
- Minimum of one year of RN experience required, experience in pediatric specialty area, preferred
**If you are a current Nemours employee applying : ASN required; If RN does not have a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in nursing, the RN is required to make steady progress to achieving a BSN or graduate degree in nursing (Progress is defined as enrolled in an accredited BSN program or graduate degree in nursing program and completing courses each year).
Following courses must be completed prior to employment start date
- Valid American Heart Association BLS; must be valid for 90 days post start date.
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique "Bridge to a Healthy Future" pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.