Also referred to as: Patient Placement/Charge Nurse
Requirements and Responsibilities

Charge Nurse plans, directs, and evaluates the overall nursing care and functions in a particular nursing unit or during an assigned shift. Coordinates the activities of the unit and directs, organizes, and assigns work to the nursing staff. Being a Charge Nurse assesses, monitors, and educates the nursing staff on patient care. Institutes emergency procedures as necessary. Additionally, Charge Nurse requires a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited school. Requires a valid state RN license. Typically reports to a supervisor and/or manager. The Charge Nurse supervises a small group of para-professional staff in an organization characterized by highly transactional or repetitive processes. Contributes to the development of processes and procedures. Thorough knowledge of functional area under supervision. To be a Charge Nurse typically requires 3 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor.

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