Profession Charge nurse
Charge nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by nurses who have specialised formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialised roles.
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Tasks charge nurse
- Supervise nurses and other hospital staff in the unit.
- Monitor symptoms and changes in patients' condition.
- Assess patient health problems and needs.
- Develop, implement and evaluate nursing care plans.
- Create and maintain medical reports and records.
- Assist the patients in daily living activities.
- Administer medication orally, via rectum, subcutaneously and intramuscularly.
- Prepare patients for operations and assist with examinations and treatments.
- Monitor and adjust medical equipment used in patient care and treatment.
- Consult and coordinate with health care team.
- Monitor the quality of patient care.
- Manage the unit, e.g. staffing, financial resources and division of rooms.