Job Description

Job Title 
Charge Nurse/RN Med/Surg - Full Time
Requisition ID

Begin Date 


Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Other Location 

OBJECTIVE SUMMARY: The Charge Nurse (CN) is responsible for directing and overseeing the daily activities of the unit on an assigned shift. The CN must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action. CN’s must be knowledgeable of nursing and medical practices and procedures, as well as regulations, and guidelines that pertain to nursing care. CN’s must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures that are necessary for providing quality care. CN’s must have patience, tact, flexibility, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult situations in a professional manner.


  • Oversees nursing staff on the Med/Surg unit, including Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, CNA’s and Unit Secretaries
  • Coordinates and directs the daily patient care operations of the unit.
  • Analyzes workloads and skill requirements to meet patient care needs.
  • Assesses staff competencies and makes patient care assignments.
  • Delegates appropriate tasks to appropriate personnel, consistent with professional guidelines and departmental standards.
  • Maintains clear communications with the nurse manager regarding unit needs and/or incidents.
  • Basic ability to communicate and comprehend;
  • knowledge of basic nursing skills;
  • knowledge and familiarity with the therapeutic effects and side effects of common medications administered
  • Serves as a resource person on the unit.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Promotes team building with all staff
  • Functions as a role model for current and new staff.
  • Assists physicians and other nursing personnel in the performance of various diagnostic procedures.
  • Assists in the training of new employees
  • Follows the hospital exposure control plans/blood borne and airborne pathogens
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of infection control practices.
  • Participates in the hospital committee structure.
  • Is knowledgeable of the Quality Control program and the annual QI goals of the Med/Surg unit.
  • Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a department/unit team inter- and intra-departmentally to facilitate the departments/units ability to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Utilizes shared management model to facilitate decision-making regarding practice, educational, and quality improvement.
  • Supports the hospital's mission, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrates ability to use the computer system.
  • Reports to work on time and is at work as scheduled, as observed by nurse manager.
  • Service
  • Consistently holds self and others accountable for meeting patient/customer service standards.
  • Anticipates service needs and proactively resolves issues.
  • Thoroughly pursues patient/customer issues.
  • Creates patient/customer service experiences that heighten the overall perception of the hospital as a premier healthcare provider.
  • Teamwork
  • Promotes collaborative work relationships and influences others to work collaboratively.
  • Decisions and actions are based on consensus after considering the perspectives of other team members.
  • Consistently uses effective interpersonal skills.
  • Communication
  • Acts as a role model for other staff when articulating information and perspectives.
  • Anticipates needed information and updates by proactively communicating to managers, colleagues, and customers.
  • Actively listens to others’ perspectives in communications and encourages others to do so.
  • Respect for others
  • Bases decisions and actions on thorough understanding of perspectives of others.
  • Finds collaborative solutions to conflicts and facilitates prompt assistance.
  • Promotes nonjudgmental approach in delivery of services and carrying out actions.
  • Invites and values the input and views of others, reacting non-defensively to inquiry and challenges.
  • Considers the needs of others when communicating and carrying out actions.
  • Examines the facts before judging the actions of others.
  • Actively listens and considers the needs of others in interactions and service delivery.
  • Time and priority management
  • Consistently optimizes time efficiently and effectively, and serves as a role model/resource for others.
  • Consistently utilizes appropriate tools, techniques, resources/systems to achieve maximum results and teaches others to do so.
  • Is viewed as a resource in department when dealing with issues of systems and resources and accomplishing tasks in the most efficient and effective ways

REQUIRED EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 3 years of medical/surgical clinical experience as a direct care provider or displays the skill and judgment to fill this position

ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS: BLS required, ACLS required. Current state registration


  • Demonstrated proficiency in acute care nursing, knowledge, and skills
  • Ability to care for multiple patients
  • Flexibility in scheduling and in moving within patient care areas
  • Strong clinical assessment skills
  • Clinical resource for staff
  • Demonstrated proficiency in acute care nursing, knowledge, and skills
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Regular exposure to blood/bodily fluids.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Position requires exertion of 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

OTHER DUTIES – Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Required Skills

License/Certification: Washington State RN License, BLS, ACLS preferred. Minimum of 3 years of medical/surgical clinical experience as a direct care provider or displays the skill and judgment to fill this position.
Optional Skills

One year of professional nursing experience in a hospital setting preferred.


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