The Assistant Nurse Manager for Spinal Cord Injury will perform clinical duties as directed by the Associate Director for Patient Care Services through the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Acute Care, Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services/ Long Term Care, designated Associate Chief of Nursing Service and Head Nurse (or designee). The Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is a dynamic role that requires the incumbent to be flexible and able to support a dynamic and diverse environment of multiple programs within SCI. The ANM is a proficient nurse who demonstrates proficiency in decision making and using the nursing process for complex situations that effect performance outcomes at the point of care. Practice Is enhanced through development of collegial relationships. This nurse demonstrates collaboration by using the group process to solve problems. The focus Is on leadership In strategically planning long-term goals for the mlcrosystem (unit team, or workgroup) that Impacts operations or resources. The proficient nurse demonstrates critical thinking with efficiency and accuracy in assessing and managing situations. This specialized and hybrid Assistant Nurse Manager position is a clinician as well as a first level supervisor who functions under the guidance and leadership of the Nurse Manager in providing administrative and clinical leadership within the SCI service. When serving as the weekend supervisor/leader, this Assistant Nurse Manager will oversee staffing and administrative services. Assisting educator in formally teaching inexperienced staff spinal cord injury nursing competencies that include, but are not limited to the Recovery Model, therapeutic use of self, theories of caring. The ANM must be able to fully participate in Preventive Management of Disruptive Behavior requirements (Part 1 & Part 2 &Part 3) and respond to other areas of the that require PMDB-related intervention, including therapeutic communication skills in managing care. The ANM position requires accountability 24/7 operations of SCI but not limited to delivery of nursing services and for immediate supervision and guidance of nursing personnel. The Assistant Nurse Manager (ANM) is accountable to the Nurse Manager and creates a caring and healing positive work environment which enhances care delivery and professional development of clinically competent staff utilizing the principles of transformational leadership. In collaboration with the Nurse Manager, the ANM functions as a supervisor and assumes accountability for the operation of the unit in collaboration with the Nurse Manager as well as in the absence of the Nurse Manager. The Assistant Nurse Manager must be willing to work off-tours and can be required to provide direct patient care; the position requires tour flexibility to offset the Nurse Manager in order to meet patient care and staff needs. Responsibilities will include but not limited: Assist the Nurse Manager in overall management and operations of a patient care unit Provide leadership support for the service on weekends. Leads and guides staff in the delivery of high quality patient care. Collaborates with the Nurse Manager to identify unit issues, takes action towards their resolution, and evaluation outcomes of changes. Participates in the evaluation of staff performance (RN and GS employees), time and attendance and career development reviews. Initiates quality improvement activities to improve patient outcomes. Applies evidence to improve nursing practice and patient care. Serves as a preceptor and mentor to others, including new employees and students. Modeling professional behavior that encourages trust, respect, boundaries adherence, open communication, creativity, and cohesion. Employing a leadership approach that exemplifies ethical and legal behavior and supports both Nursing's and the Organization's goals. Acting as a resource for patient care, patient flow, and environmental care. Encouraging the development of the therapeutic milieu and alliance with staff and patients. Conducts quarterly staff development reviews and assist with staff self-assessments. Assist with scheduling and timekeeping duties. Assist the Nurse Manager in managing non-supervisory Human Relations Services issues. Participate in interdisciplinary meetings and leadership meetings. Assist staff with the interpretation of HPMs, SOPs, NSMs, and other polices requiring clarification. Review / revise policies and standard operating procedures that enhance efficiency of patient care and patient flow. Participating in environment of care rounds. Encouraging and creating opportunities for shared governance activities that reflect interdisciplinary collaboration. Assist with PI/QM projects and data collection. Assist in the follow-up incidents of near miss or less than optimal results with huddles and action plans for improvement. Facilitating a three-way communication link between medicine/other disciplines and nursing. Work Schedule: Off tours (1530-2400 or 2330-0800) and rotating weekends amongst all ANMs Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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