Team Leader Nurse

University Of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 2 months ago

Position Summary:

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has a long history in the Volunteer State and is consistently recognized as the best regional hospital. We are recognized for our high performance in treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and being the regions only adult Cystic Fibrosis treatment center. We strive for excellence in everything we do.

8 Heart Pulmonary Medicine is more than a nursing unit of excellence-we are a family. We built the hospitals first frontline COVID-19 acute care treatment center. We met the challenges of a pandemic by treating our patients and caring for their families during an unprecedented change in our healthcare system. 8 Heart's nursing staff is the epitome of team work and our success is a tribute to our diverse team of healthcare workers.

8 Heart does more than answering the call of a pandemic-we are experts in the field of pulmonary medicine. Our nursing staff are experts in COPD (Emphysema, Bronchitis), Respiratory Failure, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis (TB), Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Hemoptysis, Pleural Effusion, Lung Mass, Pneumothorax, Asthma, Drug Use Associated Illnesses (DUAI), COVID-19, Tracheostomies, and Pulmonary Hypertension.

Personal and professional development opportunities abound for our team members. Basic continuing education and basic / advanced cardiac life support classes are both required and provided.

Professional certifications and conference attendance are encouraged and supported. Continuing education and Shared Governance Council participation play key roles in team member's professional development. The professional culture for nurses is significant and certification is encouraged. Reaching your career potential and dreams is supported.

The 8 Heart difference is the (our) emphasis on nursing and the dynamic team of healthcare workers-who become family. We strive for excellence in nursing care, we collaborate for shared governance, we laugh together, while nurturing and supporting each other. These are the things-the essence that make 8 Heart a diverse and dynamic team we call the 8 Heart family.

Job Summary

Functions as shift leaders. Directs and supervises patient and family centered care to ensure quality care, responsible personnel management, and effective utilization of resources.

Demonstrates exemplary communication skills with patients, families, visitors, and other members of the healthcare team. Responsible for supporting the mission, vision, and values of the University Health System.

Position Qualification:

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Collaborates with nurse manager in directing and supervising patient and family centered care for a specific unit and facilitates care delivery for shift

a. Prepares staff assignments, giving consideration to the following: staff competencies, patient acuity, budgetary matrix, expected admissions and discharges, anticipated patient procedures requiring off unit travel.

b. Records all staff assignments.

c. Reviews staffing for oncoming shift and plans for necessary interventions, including notification of nurse manager and nursing supervisor of discrepancies.

d. Coordinates and communicates shift huddles in conjunction with nurse manager.

e. Communicates report to oncoming team leader.

f. Coordinates tests, procedures and therapies with other departments when needed.

g. Coordinates with Case Management as needed to assure that patient care is appropriate and geometric length of stay is achieved, if indicated interdisciplinary consults are requested, discharge planning in place, and if expected discharge is not going to occur.

h. Notifies staff nurses that physicians are rounding and facilitates/participates in nurse/physician communication.

i. Assists with management of high patient volume by expediting discharges as appropriate.

j. Assures admissions, discharges, and transfers are placed in the computer promptly and discharges are removed timely.

k. Assures all handoffs are timely to ensure safe care of the patient

Assists Nurse Manager in Budget and Scorecard

a. Supports budgeted cost per unit of service.

b. Shares accountability with nurse manager to achieve scorecard targets.

c. Promotes and educates all staff on how they affect departmental budget.

d. Identifies waste and participates in process improvement.

Marginal Responsibilities

Provides direct patient care

Coordinates and participates in clinical experience for students

Participates in hospital and nursing staff committees

Participates in continuing education programs

Participates in nursing and medical research projects

Essential Functions

The performance of key responsibilities must meet expectations as defined in the performance standards of this position description.

Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function. A team member who does not meet attendance standards outlined in the Personnel Policy, Attendance and Tardiness, is not qualified for this position.

Ability to report for work in a condition to perform job responsibilities and essential functions in a safe and productive manner.

Ability to meet the physical requirements for the position.

Ability to get along with others and consistently engage in and promote positive interactions in the workplace.

Ability to get along with others and consistently engage in and promote positive interactions in the workplace.

Ability to maintain composure during confrontations.

Ability to listen and interpret verbal/nonverbal communication

Ability to mentor personnel at all levels of clinical practice

Ability to operate patient call system including keyboarding skills

Ability to act as a resource person for staff

Ability to supervise/counsel compassionately, comfort families, patients and team members



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Team Leader Nurse

University Of Tennessee Medical Center