Nursing 65800 - TCU Full-Time Nights 12 Hour 7p-7:30a


The Unit Lead Nurse is responsible for assisting with clinical management and assisting with the administrative coordination of the nursing unit. The position is a combination of clinical (direct care) and assisting with administrative unit responsibilities to ensure effective delivery of evidenced based clinical patient care. Assists with ensuring compliance with administrative and clinical policies and procedures.
;The key components of the Quality-Caring Model (QCM) are interwoven throughout the delivery of care within nursing and nurses are expected to utilize the QCM and a framework for providing excellent nursing care to their patients, developing collegial relationships with the healthcare team, and implementing self-care and self reflective behaviors to restore balance to ones' self.

Core Competencies

Adheres to infection prevention guidelines
Adheres to policies, procedures, and standards of practice to deliver safe and optimal care
Assesses patient history, physiological, and psychosocial status
Communicates with the patient, family, medical staff and others during the continuum of care
Complies with Joint Commission’s national patient safety goals
Complies with organizational quality dashboard/benchmarking goals
Interprets common variables affecting patient care and follows reporting process
Maintains regulatory compliance consistent with quality standards and ethical obligations of the profession
Participates in activities in alignment with the Magnet Model
Participates in organizational activities
Participates in Peer Review
Participates in professional development activities
Performs as a preceptor in an active and engaged manner
Provides age-specific individualized care that supports protection from harm and complies with patient safety centered interventions/bundles
Provides patient and family education throughout the care of patient
Uses critical thinking to formulate and carry out a care plan according to patient needs
Utilizes resources in an economical manner
Utilizes safe administration of medications
Utilizes Safe Patient Handling

Department Specific Competencies

Utilizes professional, respectful, effective communication to delegate and direct unit activities and patient assignments
Ensures optimal customer service/patient experience by role modeling excellent customer service
Meets with patient and family regarding feedback and follows up on their issues; Implements planned service recovery strategies, if indicated, appropriately documenting the incident and informing appropriate departments
Ensures prompt patient call light response and response to patient needs as appropriate
Initiates, directs, assigns, and coordinates duties to be performed by staff responding to drills, emergencies, or disasters
Utilizes chain of command to report adverse clinical or behavioral changes or outcomes
Models compassion, understanding, problem solving and conflict resolution skills in coaching and mentoring staff to assist patients and families having difficulty coping with their illness and/or hospitalization and maintains good public relations
Participates with unit manager and other unit members in developing action plans to achieve identified performance improvement objectives: implementation of patient safety goals and research protocols/evidence based practice, cost reduction/control, improving quality of care, efficient and timely patient throughput and improving the patient experience
Assesses ongoing unit and patient needs.
Oversees coordination, communication and facilitation of the patient plan of care in a timely manner, while involving the physicians, staff and other healthcare team members
Follows up on and evaluates staff performance and provides feedback to the unit manager on issues or exemplary practice
Develops a plan with the unit manager and/or the nurse staffing office to meet unit staffing needs based on the acuity of the patients in the department
Determines unit priorities for shift with regard to patient care, patient flow, staffing and distribution interrelated with acuity and staff competency levels Adjusts patient care assignment based on patient needs/acuities, staff competencies, skill mix, patient flow requirements and staffing matrix Facilitates staff breaks before end of shift.
Serves as liaison between other nursing departments to expedite admissions/transfers; receives report and facilitates transition
Takes a patient assignment as needed and provides meal and break relief coverage Ensures nursing coverage meets the staffing matrix and ratio standards
Assists in the promotion of professional growth and development by attending all mandatory courses, classes, inservices, functions as a clinical expert and resource while on the unit.
Provides in the moment coaching and modeling of effective problem solving, conflict resolution, communication and team building skills and maintains a harmonious and collaborative atmosphere on the unit


Additional Information


Number of Years ExperienceType of Experience
22 years in area of practice
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License / Certification Requirements

Registered Nurse License
BCLS or ACLS Certification
Certification in area of specialty