Clinical nurse leaders are responsible for leading all clinical nursing tasks within their organization. They are in charge of completing a variety of nursing activities and motivating other nurses to reach all clinical goals in a timely manner.
These nurse leaders must possess strong interpersonal skills to provide great service and interact well with patients on a regular basis. They also respond to family questions and strive to solve any inquiries as soon as possible. Some of their main responsibilities include organizing patient medication, administering medicine, following-up with physicians to change control treatment, planning nurses' schedules, resolving issues as they arise, and reviewing completion of clinical duties.
Clinical nurse leaders use personal computers as their main tools to keep track of patient data, medication, treatment options, and other information; they must also be proficient with office software tools to maintain accurate and up-to-date database information. They generally report their progress to the clinical supervisor in their department.
These nurse leaders must be organized, have strong problem-solving abilities, and pay close attention to detail to coordinate efforts with other clinical departments to provide the best-possible patient experiences. They must follow strict safety and privacy procedures to respect patient identity information and prevent accidents while administering treatment, and will also participate in training sessions to improve their patient skills and adapt to new technology. Usually, they will assist other nurses in a variety of clinical processes utilizing their multitasking skills, as well, and must strive to complete nursing activities as efficiently and effectively as possible.
A Master's degree in Nursing or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in a nursing or leadership capacity is helpful. Industry and leadership certifications are beneficial, as well.
Clinical Nurse Leader Tasks
Comply with health organization's different credentialing affiliations and ensuring policies are adhered to.
Function as part of an inter-professional team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other healthcare professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners.
Collect and evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk, and assert decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.
Put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery.
Oversee the lateral integration of care for a distinct group of patients and actively provide direct patient care in complex situations.