Clinical Manager I

Mid-level ManagementOrtho/General Med-Surg Dalton, Georgia


Hamilton Health Care System, Inc.

Job Description and Performance Standards

Title:  Clinical Manager I 553111500

Department:  Nursing Services – Ortho/General Med-Surg

Reports To:  Director

Shift:  8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

Status:  Full Time


Under the direction of the Director, the Clinical Manager I functions as a nursing leader for the patient care team for an assigned shift and is accountable for prescribing, delegating, and coordinating the delivery of safe, appropriate, cost effective quality patient care.  This position is not only responsible for all the duties and responsibilities as a department RN, but also has an enhanced leadership role.  The incumbent competently performs direct and indirect patient care activities effectively utilizing the nursing process and the nursing delivery model of the clinical area; demonstrates positive and effective advanced professional nursing leadership skills; appropriately coordinates staffing based on patient acuity and staff skill levels; demonstrates responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the care provided on his/her assigned shift/clinical area by actively participating in a comprehensive continuous quality improvement program; guides and assists the staff in the performance of the roles of teacher/collaborator/patient advocate; as professional nursing role model, demonstrates responsibility for effective communication and positive leadership strategies; demonstrates responsibility for  personal and professional growth; participates in creating an atmosphere of mutual trust, acceptance, recognition and respect.  The position is able to work with controlled/uncontrolled substances (drugs) and recognizes and reports patient and environmental safety issues in a timely manner.  The incumbent uses extreme care and a high degree of judgment to avoid injury to others.


Education:  Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, BSN preferred

Licensure:  Current RN license in the State of Georgia or a multi-state license meeting eNLC criteria.  American Heart Association BLS CPR required.


  • 2-3 years recent nursing experience with 1 year in charge or leadership position in hospital setting
  • Certification in specialty area within 1 year of BSN or within 1 year of hire with BSN
  • Clinical knowledge as a Registered Nurse in the same or similar clinical specialty preferred
  • Incumbent will supervise up to 10 FTE’s

Skills:  Nursing skills as defined in the Law Governing the Practice of Nursing in Georgia.  Requires interpersonal skills and ability to learn management skills.  Negotiation and persuasion skills: Must function as a highly skilled liaison between patients, staff, administration, physicians, other departments, as well as the public.  May be required to perform spontaneously without aid, assistance, or supervision. Critical thinking and independent problem solving requiring a high degree of creativity and decision making is required.  Time limits are imposed.  Special skills include technical, clinical and personal, unit management, public relations, counseling of patients/families/significant others and other team members.

Required to stand, bend, squat, climb, reach above head, crawl, and sit; lift and carry equipment.  Included is the ability to manipulate 21-50 lbs 20-30 times per shift; able to lift and carry 21-50 pounds unassisted.  The ability to stand and walk 80% of the time during shift duty.  Physical demands include the ability to visualize changes in patient condition, including parameters for measuring patient outcomes such as level of consciousness and skin color and hearing changes in patient assessment i.e., breath sounds, heart sounds, bowel sounds, vital signs, and ability to distinguish abnormal odors. Also required is the ability to hear and comprehend patient requests including rapid response to emergency signals and emergency situations i.e., patient falls and cardiopulmonary arrest.  Requires manual dexterity to write, grasp, push/pull, perform fine manipulation skills, speak English, and ability to use foot and/or hand operated equipment.  Pressures of the job are high 90% of the time due to volume of work, distractions, deadlines, and exact nature of patient care.  Must be able to control emotions, temper, etc.  Mental and visual concentration is at a high level in order to perform drug calculations, record keeping and documentation.  Makes complex nursing decisions, manages staff, and clinical performance.  Necessitates coordination of mind and eye for performance on work tasks.  Must apply critical thinking skills continuously.  Is oriented with reality and can remember and recall.