We're Satellite Healthcare, one of the country's most innovative providers of patient-centered dialysis and kidney disease services. Known for our collegial and supportive corporate culture, our medical and clinical staff are highly motivated and committed to promoting patient wellness and improved quality of life. At our attractive and comfortable treatment centers, our patients receive unparalleled renal disease education and treatment, medical technology, nutrition programs and social services.
The Charge Nurse (RN) is responsible for the delivery of safe, quality care of dialysis treatments under direct supervision in accordance with state and federal law and policy and procedures. The Charge Nurse is required to make independent decisions using professional nursing knowledge. Charge Nurse is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care through outcome identification and evidence-based practice. As an integral member of the health care team, coordinates patient care and communicates and collaborates extensively with the other members of the health care team, patients and/or patients' family or significant other(s). Maintains and demonstrates high standards of professional ethics.
Key Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):
Makes assignments based on priorities for patient care and skill level of the staff
Consistently reviews and evaluates patient priorities as changes occur in the condition of the patient or facility. Directs staff in work assignments which address these daily changes; revises patient schedule and staff assignment for maximum efficiency on a daily basis.
Communicates significant information to the appropriate team members in a clear concise and accurate manner
Demonstrates an understanding of the implications of common lab results as they apply to ESRD patients. Ensures that laboratory specimens are obtained as ordered, and confers about lab results with interdisciplinary team. The Charge Nurse confers with dietitian and physician about abnormal findings, within a timely period for review of lab results.
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the treatment modalities (PD) available to end stage renal patients and assists in identification of alternative options to them
Performs an assessment of the patients, leading to development, implementation, and evaluation of a plan of care
Administers, monitors, and documents therapeutic intervention and regimens
Effectively manages rapidly changing situations in a timely manner
Participates in clinical decision making
Educates patient and family/responsible party regarding disease process, individual care needs, wellness, safety issues, etc.
Delegates and monitors care rendered by other members of nursing department and healthcare team in collaboration with the Clinical Manager and MD; and promotes team building.
Demonstrates standard precautions and patient safety principles in practice, including infection control and Policy and Procedure
Participates in orientation, education, and development of healthcare team, including self and peer review as directed
Identifies and participates in performance improvement activities and supports corporate and clinical initiatives (QAPI)
Maintains professional and department level competencies
Assumes Primary Nurse responsibilities for hemodialysis patients and/or home patients.
Demonstrates the ability to assume the day-to-day functions of the Clinical Manager in their absence, (ie.) staffing, admission management, etc.
Other Duties as assigned
Education: Graduation from an accredited nursing school or equivalent. BSN preferred.
Experience: One (1) year of clinical experience in nursing; which includes three (3) months of dialysis experience. TX: Eighteen (18) months nursing experience, including twelve (12) months of dialysis experience (refer to the educational/regulatory requirement of each state).
License/Certifications: Valid Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state of practice; current CPR certification; and a Certified Nephrology Nurse (CNN) or Certified Dialysis Nurse (CDN) certificate preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrates knowledge of nursing skills, nursing practices, procedures and standards.
Independent team leader
Clear and effective communication skills in English
Satellite Healthcare – Improving the Lives of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)In 1973, Norman S. Coplon, M.D. began Satellite Healthcare with the objective of improving the quality of life of his dialysis patients. Dr. Coplon established Satellite Healthcare as a not-for-profit, community benefit organization, which allows us to focus primarily on patients.Four decades later, Satellite H...ealthcare has shaped CKD healthcare in our industry, and continues to elevate the standards of patient care and innovation.Today, we provide a range of expert services to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Satellite strives to individualize each patient's care to help him or her enjoy their life to the fullest.Satellite Dialysis — We operate 40 high-quality, state-of-the-art, patient-friendly dialysis centers that meet the long-term clinical needs of more than 4,000 CKD patients.Satellite WellBound — With more than 20 centers in place, we focus on personalized training and support for patients performing dialysis at home. In addition, WellBound provides a robust complement of pre-dialysis patient wellness education programs that can help prevent or slow the progression of early stage CKD.At each of our centers, we put our patients first by providing:Compassionate care with a personalized touchWellness education to empower longer, healthier livesBest clinical practices resulting in outcomes that consistently exceed industry performance standards Opportunities for nephrologists to focus on their patients in comfortable, state-of-the-art environmentsIn addition to patient care, our clinical research division works on finding medical breakthroughs for CKD patients by conducting both internal and external research.For more information, contact Info@SatelliteHealth.com.