Emergency Department Charge Nurse Duties

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Emergency Department Charge Nurse Duties
Emergency department charge nurses have many responsibilities. (Nurse in Scrubs image by Mary Beth Granger from Fotolia.com)

An emergency department charge nurse carries out her duties in a fast paced hospital environment. The position requires a confident and knowledgeable registered nurse. The emergency department charge nurse holds a position of authority and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Registered nurses must be able to direct and supervise others." This is particularly true of an emergency department charge nurse.

Patient Care

In the emergency department, a charge nurse provides appropriate care to incoming patients. This entails administration of medication, monitoring patients and communicating important information to them. She advocates on behalf of patients. The emergency room charge nurse makes adjustments to a patient's care plan as needed. She does rounds regularly and is responsible for coordinating the placement of patients, according to interhealthjobs.com

Managerial Duties

According to empath.md, "The charge nurse is the true manager of the emergency department." The emergency department charge nurse helps to develop standardised methods of providing care and administering hospital policies. He provides education and guidance for patients and hospital staff. The emergency department charge nurse provides supervision of the clinic during his shift, as well as staffing assistance. The emergency department charge nurse ensures that the staff is working during their shifts and able to take breaks and eat meals.

Administrative Duties

An emergency department charge nurse maintains clear and accurate documentation within the department. According to brynnevans.com, "The emergency department charge nurse makes decisions about ordering departmental supplies." When behind the charge desk, she answers phones and works with the department secretary to complete administrative duties.

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