As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA
This position is responsible for assisting with the management of the patient care department by; coordinating staff development/education, quality improvement activities, scheduling staff hours, and performing other duties to facilitate nursing care for patients. Works under the direction of the Nurse Manager/department leadership and in conjunction with other members of the management team.
This position is responsible for patient care.
This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.
- Assists with the management of the department which involves input in performance evaluations, interviewing, hiring, counseling employees and administration of the budget.
- Supports and facilitates operational alignment with organization goals and strategies under the supervision of the Nurse Manager/department leadership.
- Responsible for the coordination of quality improvement initiatives.
- Coordinates staff education and development in coordination with the department manager and/or educator as appropriate. This may include conducting in-services, staff development programs and orientation.
- May be responsible for the scheduling of department staff.
- Investigates incident reports on patient care safety and counsel’s staff accordingly.
- May function as a preceptor.
- Serves as a resource to external contacts and hospital staff in coordinating the repair and replacement of instruments and equipment.
- Maintains inventory of specialized items and ensures items are available.
- Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.
- Performs professional staff nursing functions.
- Performs professional staff nursing functions to maintain clinical expertise to support departmental operations. A minimum of 2 clinical staff nurse shifts per month is required but may be greater based upon the needs of the department.
- May be required to take weekend/night/holiday administrative call on a regularly scheduled basis as mutually determined with the nurse manager.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities
- Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.
- Ability to provide care to the population served.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.
- Demonstrated teaching and leadership skills.
- Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to function calmly and competently in high stress situations.
- Ability to balance clinical and management responsibilities.
- Two years general nursing experience.
- Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.
- Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 30 days of hire under the interstate compact.
- Bachelor's degree in Nursing.
- One year of directly related experience in an area of specialty is preferred.
- Some positions may require additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) within one year of hire.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.
- This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing medical care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners or behavioral health patients.