Registered Nurse (RN), Charge - Labor and Delivery - Days w/Weekend Rotation
St. Davids North Austin Medical Center is part of St. Davids HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of womens health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. Davids Womens Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. Davids North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. Davids Childrens Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.
Labor and Delivery
This area is currently experiencing rapid growth, with more than 600 deliveries per month. The L&D includes 29 spacious LDRs, 6 private triage rooms, 6 bed pre-op and 6 bed recovery rooms for caesarean sections and other obstetrical procedures. In addition, there is a separate ante partum unit for patients needing extended stays.
State of the Art O.R. suites for cesarean sections and other obstetrical procedures. Accommodation is timely with 6 O.R. suites. All staff are NRP, AWHONN/Electronic Fetal Monitoring-certified. An educational push is being done to encourage RNC specialty certification and ALCS. The educational focus for the future will be for high risk OB. Nursing procedures encourage the attainment of qualifications to perform placement of fetal scalp electrodes, intrauterine pressure catheters, and nursing amniotomy. Shifts vary.
Under the general supervision of the unit's Director or designee the Charge Nurse assumes responsibility for direction and coordination of all functions in the unit on his/her designated shifts. In collaboration with other members of the management team, this individual is responsible for the ongoing assessment of the quality of patient care services provided in the unit. The Charge Nurse assumes responsibility for direction and coordination of all functions during the designated shift, functions as a resource person for staff members and assists in necessary education of individual members of the nursing unit. The Charge Nurse assumes responsibility for the overall quality of nursing care provided when she/he is on duty. The Charge Nurse makes decision regarding activities within these areas based on Administrative Operational Standards, Nursing Standards, Human Resources Standards, and Standards of Care for the unit, in collaboration with other members of the management team.
Knowledge & Skills
Must be able to demonstrate understanding of national patient safety initiatives by strict compliance to all safety protocols as required by both HCA and North Austin Medical Center. Establishes priorities and makes independent decisions of a complex nature.