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Charge Nurse- Palos Health Surgery Center, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
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At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

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  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Annual Employee Merit Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay

Pay: Based on experience, starting at: $28.06 + per hour.


The Charge Nurse reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organizations Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

Taking into consideration the special needs and behaviors of the specific age of the unit population, the Charge Nurse assumes accountability and responsibility in the primary function of a professional nurse leader in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care on his/her assigned team. The Charge Nurse serves as a teacher, clinician, resource person and quality control agent. She/he must know about the patient clinically to be able to evaluate the quality of nursing care being given by his/her team.


  • Responsible for communicating and supporting the mission, philosophy, and objectives of Palos Health, Home Health Care Services and the Department of Nursing
  • Assesses personnel needed to provide quality patient care and adjusts staffing and assignments appropriately.
  • Demonstrates good managerial and clinical judgment in assigning appropriate skill mix to match the needs of each patient.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide primary care or leadership oversight in the deliverance of quality nursing care to meet individualized patient care needs Assists staff in preparing patient's plan of care as appropriate.
  • Reviews work in progress in order to ensure that all care is expeditiously carried out and documented, and in accordance with established standards. Ensures coordination of patient management through their continuum of care.
  • Supports organization wide throughput of patients through their continuum of care.
  • Leads and supports the work of interdisciplinary services to ensure the deliverance of patient care.
  • Maintains continuity of patient care by coordinating issues that can be disruptive (i.e., weather),
  • Leads or facilitates home care based projects and initiatives as assisted by the Clinical Nurse Leader.
  • Utilizes knowledge and skills of all resource personnel in planning and implementing care and resolving complex patient care problems.
  • Demonstrates an ability to adapt to changing priorities in the team; utilizes time effectively in response to workload, staffing levels and fluctuations in patient census and acuity
  • Updates census sheets so that all teams are aware of each patient's Ian of care.
  • Demonstrates a high level of communication skills in order to lead, teach and negotiate with others. Effectively interacts with the Department of Nursing and interdepartmentally to coordinate efforts, resolve operational problems and address/escalate barriers in order to maintain/improve the quality of patient care.
  • Follows appropriate channels of communication in reporting any barriers or problems in resolving issues.Functions as a clinical role model for other nursing personnel by advocating for patient care that is sensitive to patient diversity and protects/preserves patient autonomy/dignity/ rights.
  • Respects the confidentiality of patient records and uses discretion when discussing patient information.
  • Participates in local, state or national professional organizations and attends educational offerings pertaining to relevant area of clinical or managerial skill development on an annual basis.
  • Assumes responsibility for professional development as a self- directed nurse leader.
  • Facilitates staff attendance at in-services.
  • Maintains current CPR skills.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing orientation for new employees/ student nurses in collaboration with Practitioner-Teachers and the Clinical Nurse Leader.
  • Supports and implements all nursing/hospital/home care policies under the direction of Clinical Nurse Leader.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the job descriptions and key requirements for each position on the unit. Holds subordinates accountable for responsibilities inherent in their position. Monitors and documents performance of staff and utilizes evaluations as a means to promote growth and development.
  • Facilitates and adheres to hospital/home care policies and procedures regarding:
  1. Dress code
  2. Reports for duty at appointed times:
  • Late Days
  • Reports for duty on scheduled days:

  • Absent Days
  • Absent Periods

  • Contributes to Performance Improvement data collection and the development, implementation and evaluation of performance improvement Initiatives.
  • Participates in cost control activities through monitoring utilization of resources.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of safety policies and procedures; observes and instructs staff in following good safety practices.
  • Participates in emergency fire and disaster drills; demonstrates ability to direct the activities of the nursing team in the event of an emergency situation or including inclement weather.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of infection control and isolation procedures; supports and promotes adherence to policy and procedure.
  • In collaboration with the Clinical Nurse Leader, implements and maintains ongoing employee safety training. Evaluates staff performance and monitors skills check list.
  • Attends and ensures staff compliance with annual in-services in Safety, Infection Control and Hospital/Home Care Exposure Control Plan and annual health screening requirements.


Required :

  • Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing with current Registered Nurselicense by the State of Illinois.
  • Minimum of two years of Clinical experience
  • Home Health care experience required
  • Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association


  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Hospice experience preferred.
  • Clinical expertise in area of specialization and management experience

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

While each of our 11 hospitals and more than 200 locations has a unique story, Northwestern Medicine is unified under one vision: to put patients first in everything that we do. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago, Northwestern Medicine brings academic medicine into the heart of local communities across the suburbs and beyond, close to where our patients live and work.

Northwestern Medicine is dedicated to providing the most advanced health care to the communities and patients we serve. The Northwestern Medicine clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty, and medical students come together every day with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

Northwestern Medicine has:

  • More than 33,000 employees dedicated to exceptional service and care
  • More than 4,400 aligned physicians, including faculty, residents and scientists, offering treatment informed by the latest research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 6 hospitals honored by the Magnet® Recognition Program for meeting the highest standards for patient care and nursing excellence
  • Hundreds of locations throughout the Chicagoland area


Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Whether directly providing patient care or supporting those who do, every Northwestern Medicine employee has an impact on the quality of the patient experience and the level of excellence we collectively achieve. This knowledge, expressed in our shared commitment to a single, patient-focused mission, unites us.


Northwestern Medicine is a premier integrated academic health system where the patient comes first.

  • We are all caregivers or someone who supports a caregiver.
  • We are here to improve the health of our community.
  • We have an essential relationship with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • We integrate education and research to continually improve excellence in clinical practice.
  • We serve a broad community and strive to bring the best in medicine closer to where patients live and work.


To be a premier integrated academic health system that will serve a broad community and bring the best in medicine—including breakthrough treatments and clinical trials enhanced through our affiliation with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine—to a growing number of patients close to where they live and work.


Patients first: Putting our patients first in all that we do

Integrity: Adhering to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty and sincerity

Teamwork: Team success over personal success

Excellence: Continuously striving to be better

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