Under general supervision of the Director of Nursing or Nurse
Supervisor, the Charge Nurse directs the provision of resident care
services for a particular shift and/or unit and supervises the
nursing staff assigned to that unit/shift, with responsibility and
accountability for assuring that quality nursing care and service
to facility residents/families, compliance with applicable laws and
regulations, and adherence to company policy/procedure occur on
that unit/shift. Performs direct nursing services to residents, in
accordance with individual plans of care and physicians’ orders.
Technical assistance, professional guidance, and quality monitoring
are provided by administrator, director of nursing, regional
consultants, and other nursing professionals on staff.
Current registration and licensure in the state of Iowa as an
LPN. Must be in good standing with the Board of Nursing.
Evidence of completion of supervisory course approved by the
State of Iowa.
Current, valid CPR certification.
Knowledge of federal and state long-term care regulations and
Functional Literacy in written and spoken English.
Proficient interpersonal relationships and communication
Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
Complete assignments timely, completely and accurately.
Follow established standards of nursing practices and implement
facility policies and procedures.
Assumes responsibility for unit/shift staff compliance with
rules, regulations, standards of practice and facility policy and
procedure; assures that residents receive needed nursing care and
services on that shift, according to plans of care and physicians’
Interpret existing policies and procedures, rules and
regulations to nursing assistants, restorative nursing assistants,
residents, families, physicians and agency personnel.
Supervise and evaluate all direct resident care and initiate
corrective action as necessary.
Document resident care provided and resident’s response or lack
of response to care provided.
Obtain report from nurse being relieved and record sufficient
information to implement appropriate follow-up action as
Provide report to nurse coming on duty, including sufficient
information for follow-up action as necessary.
Take appropriate action to assure adequate staffing to meet
Conduct resident rounds daily, reporting problems to nursing
supervisor and initiating corrective action.
Identify resident problems and emergency situation and initiate
emergency care and “life-saving” measures in the absence of a
Provide supervision to Nursing Assistant providing direct
Follow staffing guidelines and make nursing assignments
according to qualifications of staff and characteristics of the
Plan daily work assignments and schedule based on residents’
needs and available resources, effectively communicates to
unit/shift staff, DON, ADON, and Staffing Clerk, and monitors staff
compliance with assignments and schedule.
Counsel and monitor staff’s work behavior and performance of
assigned duties and recommend disciplinary action to the Director
of Nursing, when necessary.
Delegation of Authority
Authority is delegated to the individual in this position
Take appropriate action to assure adequate staffing to provide
Supervise and assess resident care and take appropriate
Implement facility procedures to provide resident care.
Position reports to: Director of Nursing or Nursing
Position Supervises: CNA’s, CMA’s, and other nursing staff as