Senior Nurse

Job summary

The Senior Nurse is responsible for the full day-to-day running of their designated area, including directly managing the carers and other Registered Nurses to ensure the highest standard of nursing care is delivered and maintained. This includes monitoring the work of all registered nurses and carers, acting as the most senior person on duty in the absence of the Clinical Lead. As Senior Nurse, you will deliver and maintain high quality, evidence-based care within a multi-disciplinary framework and contribute to evidence-based development of clinical practice.

Reports to

Clinical Lead

Principle duties & responsibilities

As Senior Nurse, you will be required to carry out the following:

  • Carry out the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of residents’ care plans
  • Attend and present at CHC reviews, MDT meetings and local authority reviews to ensure effective communication with all team members and acting as the residents’ advocate
  • Carry out audits as specified by the Clinical Lead and follow up actions as required
  • Carry out clinical competency checks on RN’s and carers in their designated area and be responsible for carrying out staff supervision and appraisal
  • Undertake the preliminary investigations into incidents and medication errors as required
  • Actively contribute to developing the service to enhance the care and support given to residents and their families

Key performance requirements

As Senior Nurse, it will be essential for you to:

  • Work full time – 37.5 hours per week
  • Manage staff in a flexible and understanding manner, while ensuring the needs of the organization is a priority
  • Work with the Senior Management Team in a committed and confidential manner
  • Work as part of an on-call system to ensure that all shifts are suitably staffed

Personal attributes & skills

As a Senior Nurse, you should:

  • Be able to lead a team and establish good working relationships
  • Be an effective role model to carers and nurses
  • Be enthusiastic, motivated, flexible and adaptable
  • Have a good health and attendance record
  • Be IT proficient
  • Have the ability to research new methods and be committed to making changes to improve the care of residents
  • Be committed to attending a monthly senior nursing team meeting
  • Demonstrate effective communication at all times with fellow professionals, residents, relatives and all disciplines within the wider multi-disciplinary team

This job description is not exhaustive and may be amended in consultation with the post holder. The post holder may be required to undertake ad-hoc duties or tasks when required.

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