Dialysis Charge Nurse
Dialysis Clinic Inc - New Orleans, LA

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SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Clinical Supervisor and/or the Nurse Manager, the Charge Nurse is responsible for the clinical management of the dialysis unit and the supervision of all nursing personnel in order to ensure a safe, efficient dialysis treatment for all patients by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To include but not limited to the following:
? Performs all functions and duties as outlined in the job description for a Registered Nurse
? Responsible for patient care staffing, matching patient needs with staff capabilities and experiences to maximize staffing resources
? Assures the transcription and implementation of Physician orders
? Coordinates with the Clinical Supervisor/Nurse Manager the scheduling of patients to ensure accommodations of all patients per Clinic?s policies
? Assists patient care staff as necessary in initiating, monitoring and termination of dialysis treatments
? Directly or indirectly makes appropriate referrals to all disciplines of the patients Health Care Team including but not limited to Dietitian, Social Worker, Physician and transplant center, as necessary
? Supervises initial and ongoing patient education. Review and documentation of patient education as necessary to ensure compliance with ESRD Network, regulatory agencies, as well as DCI?s CQI Program and the individual clinic?s requirements
? Responsible for obtaining consent forms and review of all clinical policies and procedures and information pertaining to the patient with new dialysis patients prior to initiation of first dialysis treatment
? Coordinates obtaining medical release forms and updating of consent forms annually or as Clinic policy requires.
? Interacts with the hospital and acts a liaison between in-center dialysis unit and the hospital in the patients behalf to ensure continuity of care
? Maintains emergency preparedness procedures including CPR certifications, fire drills, emergency power failure and routine check of emergency cart supplies
? Daily review of patient flow sheets for completeness, appropriateness and accuracy of documentation
? Maintains medication inventory of the unit and coordinates the ordering process with the Clinical Supervisor and /or the Nurse Manager. Works with Technical Manager to ensure adequate stocking of unit supplies.
? Assumes responsibility for communicating patient problems to physician and implementing anddocumenting orders
? Oversees responsibility for monthly patient lab work in accordance with the clinic?s policies and procedures
? Reports housekeeping and equipment problems to technical staff and follows up as necessary
? Coordinates and participates in the completion of short term and long term care plans per clinic?s policies and procedures
? Reviews patient data in accordance with ESRD Network criteria identifying problems and formulating corrective action plans
? Assists the Clinical Supervisor and/or the Nurse Manager in administrative and supervisory duties
? Oversees primary nursing teams for completion of monthly assignments
? Participates in patient care conferences, medical rounds and reviewing charts
? Maintains a clean and orderly work environment
? Must be able to recognize and respond to emergency situations
? Knowledgeable and able to implement safe and effective infection control procedures in accordance with the clinic?s policies and procedures
? Knows and practices procedures related to hazardous waste disposal
? Actively supports and promotes appropriate attitude and loyalty to management
? Knowledgeable and able to implement emergency, fire and disaster protocols
? Knowledgeable of and utilizes the occurrence reporting system in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Clinic
Assists in the teaching and raining of new staff members as directed and supervised by the Education Coordinator, the Clinical Supervisor and/or the Nurse Manager

? Completion from an accredited Registered Nursing Program/Licensed Practical Nursing Program
? Six months experience in a dialysis is preferred
? Experience in critical care nursing is preferred
? Experience in a supervisory role is preferred
Must successfully complete DCI?s comprehensive training program

DCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary: . Date posted: 02/22/2012

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