Job Title: Head Nurse
Reports to: Nurse Coordinator
Supervises: Nurses, Nurse Assistants, Stores Keeper,
Job Location: Kyaka II Refugee Settlement
Duration: December 1, 2018 to September 24, 2019
Position Summary: Display a sound understanding of nursing practice and a high level of people skills, should be well organized and a clear communicator, and enrolled in administrative duties, reporting and paperwork relative to clinical work.
The Head Nurse is also responsible for supervising the work of the nurses on the team and ensuring that they have the appropriate training and direction. She/he works with doctors to prepare and follow individual care plans for each patient and updates regularly on progress and any changes in patients’ conditions.
The Head Nurse also cares for patients directly herself/himself, build relationships with them and ensures that they are well cared for.
The Head Nurse works as part of a team with physicians, other nurses and healthcare professionals to provide care, monitor health conditions, plan long-term care needs, administer medicine, use medical equipment, perform minor medical operations, and advise patients and their families on illness, care and continued care after a hospital stay.
The Head Nurse will supervise and mentor the work of the nursing staff, which might include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nursing assistants and other health professionals from the medical team.
For the CEMS project, the Head Nurse works to quickly assess the need of each patient, prioritize case based on its critical nature, and lead the team accordingly. Its required for the position to have a clear communication with each member of the team.
The Head Nurse will assist the Doctors in medical and surgical consultations and perform minor medical procedures under the supervision of the attending doctor in the static clinic, as well as undertaking visits to nearby settlements/communities as required.
The following responsibilities and duties are likely to be carried out on a daily or weekly basis:
1) Assist and support the Nurse Coordinator;
2) Participate and co-lead on morning medical meeting daily;
3) Responsible for the performance of her/his team, monitoring and evaluating the nurses who work under him/her and ensure they are fulfilling all their job requirements;
4) Oversee the work of the nursing department and supervise all medical and laboratory services as well as maintaining accurate nursing records;
5) Be enrolled in nursing activities at the CEMS;
6) Liaise with the Nurse Coordinator nursing care by allocating resources where they are needed, whether in the form of nurses, medication, doctors or equipment;
7) Make sure all the patients for whom is responsible have their needs met and receive appropriate attention;
8) Monitor all patient care activities and ensure adherence to all hospital policies by the team, providing doctors with the relevant paperwork and information on the patients they are treating;
9) Identify and recommend innovations and service changes in practice and be responsible for establishing the necessary clinical change;
10) Maintains nursing supplies inventory by supervising the Stores Keeper, checking stock to determine inventory level, anticipating needed supplies;
11) Checks cleanliness of general hospital areas and checks if these areas are conducive to the health of the patients;
12) Give talks and teach classes within the facility or elsewhere;
13) To carry and respond to a radio/phone when On Duty;
14) Coordinate and make arrangements for patients that need a referral or come with a referral from different health organisations, directing them to the right department.
15) Highly critical thinking skills assessing patient’s health, as well as detecting changes in symptoms, health or pain, and knowing when action is necessary;
16) Being organised and knowing how to prioritise is essential when dealing with multiple patients with different needs, stages of health and risks… attention to detail is crucial;
17) Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements and maintaining equipment inventories;
18) Have a clear communication with the patient as well with the doctors and another team member.
19) Enthusiastic, enduring, and willing to work for extra hours;
20) Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, etc;
21) Compassionate and sympathetic to the patient’s needs, and be able to deal with people in various states of pain, trauma and tragedy;
22) Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed;
23) Be able to function in the heat of an emergency.
1) Degree in Nursing
2) Minimum 5 years of experience in ED
3) Ability to work in rotating shifts of 8 hours
4) Flexibility to work 16 hours shift when needed
5) Availability to work 24 hours shifts;
6) Fluent in English (preferred)
7) Swahili and French (preferred)
8) Experience in management, administration and planning skills
9) Ability to communicate and interact well with people from different educational, linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds
10) Excellent communication skills and aptness to build effective working relationships with staff and management at all levels
11) Proficiency in handling basic computer programs used in hospital management and basic computer skills in Word and Excel.
The CEMS project will start 1 December 2018 and is planned to run for 10 months. The contract is for ten months starting on 1 December 2018 and will be renewed (as funds are available) and based on key performance indicators (KPIs)