Clinical Nurse Lead


Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | Surgery Main
Category: Nursing
Location: Phoenix
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 836901
Posted On: 5/15/2024

Position Summary

The Clinical Nurse Lead coordinates shift operational flow in conjunction with organizational and departmental strategic goals, objectives, and standards and is the hospitals clinical representative/resource for patients, families, and the healthcare team, at both the departmental and organizational levels. The clinical nurse lead supports staff to ensure consistent provision of developmentally appropriate quality patient care in accordance with all applicable federal, regulatory, professional standards and requirements. Provides clinical support with accountability in promoting quality patient care and an engaging work environment, during assigned shift. Routinely places self in unit nurse count.

Position Duties

  1. Coordinates/leads daily clinical operational activities of the unit and organization by ensuring that quality family centered care is delivered in an efficient work environment.
    • Manages patient throughput-balances unit patient care activities while overseeing the delivery of patient care, ordaining admissions, discharges, transfers, and routinely functions and renders clinical care placing self in the unit nursing count.
    • Oversees staffing processes-coordinates assignments using established staffing levels to match individualized patient needs with staff competencies, and staff skill mix through ongoing assessment of patients and unit needs.
    • Monitors unit environment-ensures that staff has its supplies, equipment, information, and resources needed to provide quality patient care in a safe work environment.
    • Staffs, schedules, appropriately uses nursing and support staff.
    • Documents-updates scheduling, occurrence reports, patient/family concerns, and quality indicators in the real-time environment maximizing resolution prior to the end of the shift.
    • Provides a report to the manager or designee status of patient throughput, staffing processes, unit environment, schedules, occurrence reports, patient/family concerns, and quality indicators.
  2. Collaborates with manager to lead, create, and maintain an environment that advocates for staff and promotes individual/team engagement through clinical expertise and professional leadership.
    • Demonstrates and promotes clinical leadership-serves as a clinical and system expert with nursing and an interdisciplinary team member in the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of the age-specific individualized patient/family-centered plan of care documented actions.
    • Promotes a culture of learning resulting in staff/team development and retention.
  3. Achieves departmental outcomes - aligns and manages to organization metrics.
    • Identifies, facilitates, and leads departmental performance improvement projects that enhance patient care delivery systems as well as staff, patient, family, and customer satisfaction.
    • Ensures timely completion and investigation of occurrence reports. Proactively identifies patient safety risks and participants and risk avoidance strategies.
    • Takes an active interest in accountability for key operational functions, including but not limited to, patient safety issues, timely resolution of complaints, quality improvement initiatives, survey preparation, and patient/family satisfaction follow-up.
    • Makes decisions that demonstrate sound stewardship of financial resources-collaborates with the team to meet departmental/organization financial goals.
    • Serves as daily operational resource to staff and in the management of supplies and equipment.
  4. Takes personal responsibility to adhere to department/organization policies and procedures, compliance and regulatory agency requirements.
    • Collaborates with leadership team to develop, review, revise and implement evidence-based policies and procedures on an ongoing basis, to assure department consistency and compliance with hospital standards/safety and accrediting bodies including: DNV, joint commission, OSHA, HIPAA, infection control, environment of care, national patient safety goals. Understands the link each between department requirements and those of the integrated delivery system. Develops risk reduction and error prevention strategies by ensuring staff compliance with policies/procedures.
    • Mentors staff to ensure the fundamental values of the American nurses Association code of ethics in nursing and national nursing standards are operationalized into daily clinical practice/teaching activities and work environment including.
    • Establishes professional relationships with compassion and respect for human dignity, worth, and the uniqueness of individuals, while demonstrating primary commitment to the patient and advocating for patient privacy, health, safety and rights.
    • Identifies the boundaries of the profession by accepting responsibility and accountability for own activities, for own actions, delegating tasks appropriately to optimize patient care. Maintains confidence with continued pursuit of activities for personal/professional growth. Influences the patient care/work environment with the values of nursing to promote respectful interactions, the promotion of safe practices, and creates a care setting that expects high-quality, compassionate nursing care.
    • Collaborates with all disciplines in promoting nursing excellence in meeting health care standards. Seeks opportunities beyond patient care advanced profession by involvement in developing, maintaining, implementing professional standards for practice/education. i.e. involvement with internship programs, committees, awareness of broader healthcare issues such as TJC national patient safety goals, integrating nursing values into daily practice (particulates and practices).
  5. Supports a work environment that focuses on staff, customer, and patient/family through safe and effective communication.
    • Develops leadership skills among staff including critical thinking, problem solving, engagement, and career advancement.
    • May participate in the hiring process-interview and unit/organization integration.
    • Monitors staff performance providing feedback to the manager and designated nursing manager for practice oversight or on evaluation performance.
    • Collaborates with other departments and disciplines to maintain effective education channels by gathering and exchanging information, obtaining solutions to problems, and coordinating services to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved.
    • Actively engages with surgeon’s office and hospital schedulers to correct and ensure accurate procedures, equipment, implants, and supplies are available.
    • Demonstrates the ability to lead decisions to reflect organizational standards and values-utilizes the shared governance process.
    • Utilizes the chain of command to communicate in real-time patient care, staff, family, and visitor concerns outcomes
  6. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values


To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families


Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Two year (ADN) degree in nursing, a four year degree (BSN) in nursing, or a Diploma Nursing degree.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Two (2) years of operating room circulating experience; well-grounded within an acute care inpatient setting.
2. One (1) year of experience in area of surgery specialty.
3. Experience with pediatric patients.
4. Three (3) years of operating room circulating experience.
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current State of AZ RN license from a compact state with multistate privileges or the ability to establish licensure according to Arizona law prior to start date.
2. Current BLS Certification for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association (must be obtained by date of hire).
3. Current Advanced Life Support (ALS) from the American Heart Association (PALS or ACLS).
4. Current and valid nursing certification in area of surgery specialty (CNOR, CCRN, CPN, or RCIS).
Special Skills
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Must be able to follow and give oral and written instructions.
2. Must possess the ability to delegate tasks to patient care personnel and oversee their performance.
3. Must complete the PCH Preceptor course within three months of accepting the position.
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing - Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Constantly
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Occasionally
8. Physical Requirement - Standing - Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking - Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking - Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Constantly
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Constantly
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure - Applicable
25. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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