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RN Lead, Surgery

CHI Saint Joseph East Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
Requisition ID 2021-208740 Employment Type Full Time Department Surgery Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Day Standard Hours 8a-5p Remote No

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the communit


The major focus of this position is to plan, provide and supervise care for the surgical patients, supporting the service line team.  Primary customers include the staff, physicians, patients/families and other members of the health care team.  As a member of the leadership team, monitors and maintains clinical standards of care; maintains accountability for assurance of appropriate staffing resources and provision of quality, evidence based patient care.  Acts as and represents Unit leadership when the Nurse Manager is unavailable.  Demonstrates knowledge of and delivers care in accordance with the Kentucky Nurse Practice Act.  Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team.  Participates in maintaining staff competencies through education, mentoring and role modeling.  Supports the Nurse Manager in interviewing and hiring employees; training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and mentoring/coaching employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Essential Key Job Responsibilities

  1. Plans and provides direct patient care as well as supervision of personnel practicing in surgical service areas. Makes patient care assignments and facilitates patient throughout and directly observes staff performances.
  2. Proactively matches existing resources seeking ways to provide patient care that supports staff and maintains a therapeutic environment, collaborative, team environment.
  3. Assures that staffing and resources are aligned with patient care needs.
  4. Communicates personnel related concerns to Nurse Manager.
  5. Identifies opportunities for improvement and implements appropriate change using logical problem solving skills.
  6. Maintains Unit Professional standards.
  7. Maintains confidentiality of department information.
  8. Contributes to the efficient overall operation of the department focusing on timely starts for surgical cases, improving turnover times and accurately anticipating needs of each procedure.
  9. Other job duties as assigned by management.


Required Education for Staff Job Levels

RN Degree

Required Licensure and Certifications

Current RN license in the State of Kentucky. New hire RN’s have 2 years from hire date to enroll in BSN program and it must be completed within 5 years of hire. BLS required. See attached grid for required certifications. ACLS and PALS recommended.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

2 years of perioperative nursing experience. Must have ability to read, analyze and interpret common and industry-related documents.  Must have the ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from patients, families, CHI Saint Joseph Health staff and the general public.  Must have ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Must have the ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deliver successful results.  Must have working knowledge Microsoft Office products.  Must have the capacity to learn other relevant systems and databases, as needed.

PREFERRED Qualifications

BSN preferred

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CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click here.

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