How to write a Charge Nurse job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Charge Nurse job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Charge Nurse job titles

    Charge Nurse
    Nurse Manager
    Charge Nurse (Labor and Delivery)
    Charge Nurse (Part-Time)
    Registered Charge Nurse

Charge Nurse job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Charge Nurse job summary

Our award-winning hospital is in need of a Charge Nurse for the cardiology unit. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing all aspects of nursing responsibilities during each shift, from processing patients in and out to delegating nursing rounds and drug administration. We’re looking for a highly competent and well-organized professional who values safety, security and patient wellness above all else. We focus on providing the best care possible while ensuring patient satisfaction in every interaction. The Charge Nurse is responsible for making sure those values are reflected in his or her staff at all times.

Charge Nurse responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Charge Nurse responsibilities

    Manage the nursing care for all patients in the cardiology unit during your shift
    Delegate the shift’s tasks to all of the nurses in the unit and coordinate with physicians who might need assistance
    Recognize changes in patients’ condition and respond appropriately
    Supervise Nursing Aides as they complete their assigned tasks and point out any changes or improvements that need to be made
    Detect any issues that could result in injuries or other difficulties for patients or staff members
    Inform physicians of any changes in patients’ progress, condition or medicinal needs

Charge Nurse qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Charge Nurse skills

    RN license required
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing required (Masters of Science in Nursing preferred)
    Excellent leadership skills
    4+ years’ experience nursing in a hospital environment
    2+ years’ supervisory nursing experience
    Excellent attention to detail
    High level of familiarity with hospital safety practices and procedures

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