Registered Nurse (Hospital)

Job Summary:

The ANA Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice are exemplified within this Job Description.  The Nurse is responsible for utilizing the Nursing Process to provide nursing care for the patient throughout their life span. Assumes responsibility for the outcome of nursing care delivered on their shift.

The Charge RN acts as a front line supervisor and clinical resource for the department. Demonstrates clinical expertise and assists and mentors nursing personnel on the unit, in patient planning and overall patient care management on a shift by shift basis.  Provides direction to staff to facilitate meeting patient outcomes and coordinates staff assignments and duties, assists with completing the monthly staffing schedule for the unit.

The Registered Nurse demonstrates effective leadership skills and supports the nursing department’s philosophy, objectives, and vision for empowered nursing practice and assists in short and long range planning for the nursing unit and department.

Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development and possesses the ability to respond to specific issues and data reflective of the patient/customer’s status.  Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for the population served in the department.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Demonstrates ability to perform all essential job functions of Registered Nurse.
  • Demonstrates ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work flow of the unit.
  • Monitors patient care and unit processes to assure safe, customer-focused approach.
  • Demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with individuals, groups, and community.
  • Maintains a high level of clinical competency and projects high standards of performance expectations from personnel on the unit.
  • Shares knowledge with staff and serves as a role model. Maintains clinical skills as required.
  • Assures implementation and compliance of current policies and procedures.
  • Reviews patient plan of care with direct caregivers to offer suggestions/interventions to enhance efficiency and quality of care.
  • Coordinates and maintains appropriate staffing levels to maximize department efficiency and provide for safe, optimal patient care.
  • Coordinates the flow of patients transferring in and out of the unit
  • Communicates the staffing needs of the unit and bed availability.
  • Assists with the collection and maintenance of Performance Improvement Tools as needed.
  • Conducts or participates in interdisciplinary rounds as appropriate.
  • Communicates with physicians, families, community agencies, social services, home care, and other disciplines.
  • Facilitates resolution of physician/family concerns and reports to proper management as necessary.

Responsibilities, Expectations & Standards:

  • Commitment to the daily application of CMH’s mission, vision, and core values to serve patients, their families, and our community.
  • Promote CMH’s values.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Work effectively in a team environment, coordinating work flow with other team members and ensuring a productive and efficient environment.
  • Comply with safety principles, laws, regulations and standards associated with, but not limited to CMS, OSHA.


Graduation from an approved/accredited school of nursing.


Current license to practice in the state of South Dakota.


Minimum one year nursing experience required prior to charge nurse role.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities:

Assumes responsibility and accountability for safety, service, and delivery of nursing care provided on the unit.  Responsible for utilizing the nursing process to provide nursing care for a specific group of patients.  Individually responsible for maintaining and updating professional practice. Accountable to seek professional opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Professional Responsibility:

Individually responsible for maintaining and updating professional practice.

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