Catholic Health Initiatives Nursing Unit Supervisor -7S Cardiac Telemetry- Mercy Medical Center FT .9 (Day/Evening) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Nursing Unit Supervisor -7S Cardiac Telemetry- Mercy Medical Center FT .9 (Day/Evening)



The Nursing Unit Supervisor provides direct

patient care and coordinates nursing activities to facilitate safe, quality patient care at

the unit/department level, usually for a defined shift (such as days, nights, or weekends). Serves as a resource and role model and

collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to optimize

department operations. Under the direction of the unit/department director, may assist with other

management responsibilities as assigned. Overall, management responsibilities comprise less

than 50% of the total job role. Works

independently with limited direct supervision in accordance

with the Iowa Nurse Practice Act, Mercy Medical Center policies, and patient care standards

and professional judgment.



  • Maintains high level clinical competence to

assess patient needs, plan patient care, implement appropriate interventions,

and evaluate the effectiveness of patient care delivered to defined patient


  • Provides front-line leadership as a resource,

mentor, and role model in delivering patient care using a team approach.

  • Provides consultation upon request in area of

clinical expertise to other nursing staff or health professionals.

  • Serves as a resource or “Super User” for

documentation in the electronic medical record.

  • Leads daily huddles and assists with maintaining

huddle boards.

  • Monitors safety compliance and contributes to

fostering a culture of safety at the unit level.


  • Supervises unit/department personnel, including

registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, patient care technicians,

department support assistants, and other department personnel, usually for an

assigned shift (i.e. days, nights, or weekends.)

  • Facilitates efficient unit/department

operations, including staff assignments and patient throughput.

  • Adjusts staffing and prioritizes workload to

meet patient/unit needs.

  • Provides support to staff to ensure patients of

a positive care experience. Assists with the resolution of patient/family

complaints. Escalates issues appropriately to the director or administrative


  • Assists with leading quality improvement

activities including performance improvement processes to ensure evidence-based

practices are in place..

  • May assist with additional management duties as

assigned by the unit/department director, including, but not limited to:

o Interviewing

and hiring of personnel

o Scheduling

of staff

o Utilization

of premium pay

o Timekeeping

o Staff

performance feedback and discipline

o Maintaining

personnel records

o Staff

performance reviews

  • In the absence of the unit/department director,

may represent the director on hospital committees or attend management meetings

on the director’s behalf.


  • Plans unit and nursing resource utilization

based on established admission, discharge and transfer criteria, initiating

appropriate intervention and collaboration to optimize patient care and

unit/department operations.

  • Manages Bedboard compliance. Collaborates with

Patient Flow department and House Supervisor to optimize patient throughput.

  • Leads or participates in interdisciplinary

patient rounds and care conferences, management rounding to patients and staff,

and Rounding to Influence (Safety First).

  • Assist nursing and interdisciplinary team in

patient/family education and discharge planning.

  • Supports clinical research by assisting staff as

needed in collecting data for approved research protocols.

  • Facilitates communication between patient/family,

physicians and other caregivers to achieve consensus for the plan of care. Consults

with the Ethics Committee as appropriate.


  • Collaborates with Unit Director and Clinical

Resource Nurse or department educator for a plan for achievement and maintenance

of skills/competencies of team personnel.

  • Understands employee competency documentation


  • Provides orientation/education for staff,

students, and other hospitals and community organizations as assigned.



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Job Management


Daily Schedule Day/Evening

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 72

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2017-R0129067