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Charge Nurse - Labor and Delivery (Nights) - $15000 Sign On and Referral Bonus

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston, Texas
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 15, 2022

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At Houston Methodist, the Charge Nurse position is a licensed professional Registered Nurse (RN), who, as an experienced clinician, functions at the Competent to Proficient stage of Benner's model of clinical practice. This position creates an environment for the management and delivery of safe patient care. In addition to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a clinical nurse, the Charge Nurse position is a role model and coach to department personnel and assists in developing their skills and knowledge. This position provides nursing care to a diverse patient population. Besides conducting nursing assessments, assisting with exams and treatment and maintenance of medical records, this position assists in coaching and mentoring department staff in areas of clinical and professional practice. Role modeling compassionate communication with physicians and the interprofessional health care team, the Charge Nurse assumes leadership responsibilities with high level contributions at the bedside, unit, service line, and across the institution. Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to leading unit and shared governance activities, assessing unit needs related to practice and improvement opportunities, serving as a clinical resource for both unit and hospital staff and coordinating unit and hospital-wide education in partnership with management.



Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 20%

  1. Fosters staff engagement by demonstrating active listening, requesting and acknowledging feedback, making equitable decisions, providing rationale when appropriate, and supporting organizational goals. Anticipates the needs of the staff members and proactively offers assistance. Role models interprofessional communication, which includes active listening and teaching, and assists with staff stress management as needed. Improves departmental scores for turnover/retention on unit-based scorecard. (EF)
  2. Role models fair and consistent leadership skills for effective team dynamics and teambuilding strategies through problem solving, coaching, and developing staff. Coaches staff to use efficient and effective communication to establish and maintain a team environment, and to include the patient and family as a part of the team regarding their plan of care. Provides input into staff performance reviews, as appropriate. (EF)
  3. Functions as a mentor and resource to unit staff, provides oversight for students/new employee/preceptorships. Identifies levels of organizational conflict and applies tools to effectively resolve concerns, complaints or conflict with patients, families, physicians and other interprofessional healthcare team members. (EF)


  1. Leads the patient and family-centered care standards, as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document. Mentors others regarding specialty populations; audits plan of care. Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles. (EF)
  2. Maintains ongoing interactions with patients, families, and staff on the improvement of patient care through leader rounding. Ensures effective collaboration with other departments regarding patient process issues. (EF)
  3. Drives department service standards and activities to improve department score for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard, through role modeling and fostering accountability. (EF)


  1. Models the standards of care related to the nursing process, as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document, by actively participating in meeting and improving nurse sensitive quality indicators and patient safety goals. Participates in the creation of a continuous improvement environment by promoting situational awareness, assisting with audits as needed, and using teachable moments. (EF)
  2. Coordinates nursing care throughout the shift considering patient acuity, staff skill level and safety to ensure that our duty to our patients can be met. Models the standards related to regulatory requirements and professional practice as outlined in the Houston Methodist Professional Nursing Practice document. (EF)
  3. Facilitates seamless patient flow to/from/through the department, leading the delivery of quality family-centered care throughout the continuum of care. Ensures the patient plan of care is accurate and timely, coaching staff if documentation deficiencies are identified. Works closely with the OAs and bed management regarding timely patient placement. Proactively recognizes, determines a plan of action, and responds to situations, such as Rapid Response/CERTs, and emergency codes. (EF)
  4. Participates in initiatives to improve quality and safety scores on the unit and hospital scorecards, through peer-to-peer accountability, reporting near misses and identifying solutions by collaborating with the interprofessional team. Role models situational awareness, using teachable moments to improve safety. Assists with audits as needed. (EF)


  1. Implements department strategies to achieve financial target on unit-based scorecard and mentors others to do the same through timely documentation of care, decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency, minimizing incidental overtime, and other areas according to departmental specifications. (EF)
  2. Attends daily care coordination rounds to facilitate patient progression. Ensures that follow-up has been implemented on any concerns or issues identified by the team. Manages productivity in accordance with staffing grid. (EF)
  3. Provides input into unit resource utilization including unit capital and operational budget needs. Oversees shift by shift resource utilization through the allocation of staff, supplies and contributions to the patient throughput. (EF)


  1. Fosters identification and implementation of innovative solutions for practice changes to improve patient care or unit operations such as reduction of hospital readmissions or other department-specific measures by leading and/or participating in unit projects and shared governance activities. Investigates and incorporates evidence-based practices which are presented to shared governance and leadership. Supports change initiatives and adapts to unexpected changes. (EF)
  2. Expands individual nursing knowledge and coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes. Serves as clinical resource. Develops and disseminates, as appropriate, informational/educational resources and programs designed to improve quality and professional practice. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher from an accredited School of Nursing


  • Twenty four months of clinical nursing experience with demonstration of progressive leadership skills



  • Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Other credentials and certifications as defined by unit/service line
  • American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC)-recognized certification preferred.





  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Strong assessment, organizational and problem solving skills as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components
  • Ability to function independently and exercise judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional healthcare team and patients and their families.
  • Uses critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Nurse Practice Act.
  • Demonstrates proficient time management skills.
  • Demonstrates highly developed assessment skills; contributes to policies, procedure and protocols.
  • Has knowledge of Nursing Unit's Dashboard and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores.
  • Demonstrates expertise in operating the electronic medical record
  • Maintains level of professional contributions as defined in Clinical Career Path program guide




Work Attire Yes/No
Uniform Yes
Scrubs Yes
Business professional No
Other (dept. approved) No


On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above.  
May require travel within Yes  
Houston Metropolitan area  


May require travel outside No
of Houston Metropolitan area  

**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened in December 2000 to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community in Northwest Houston. The 310 bed hospital has 23 operating rooms, and more than 2,100 employees. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is Northwest Houston's regional leader in robotic minimally-invasive surgeries and specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center, Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Childbirth Center in the greater Northwest Houston area.


Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based, 312-bed hospital located in Northwest Houston. Since opening our doors in 2000, we’ve been providing highly specialized health care services to the community. Our hospital is located on State Highway 249 and Willowchase Drive, just one block north of FM Road 1960. OUR CAMPUS Our 52-acre campus features four primary facilities: North Pavilion houses medical and surgical inpatient and outpatient services, intensive care beds, operating rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab, emergency department, stroke center, laboratory, pharmacy and more. Women's & Children's Pavilion features family centered care services, including our childbirth center, with private labor and delivery suites, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and our breast care center. Centerfield Building houses Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation Services, Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Willowbrook and our Outpatient Surgery Department. Hargrave Medical Office Building is home to physician offices as well as wellness, weight management and wound care services. THE HOUSTON METHODIST DIFFERENCE What makes Houston Methodist Willowbrook stand out' A comprehensive menu of services – Houston Methodist Willowbrook is a well-known leader in multiple service areas, including cancer care, neurology and neurosurgery, heart and vascular, orthopedics & sports medicine and women’s services, to name a few. Exceptional patient experience – We offer value-based, personalized care to every patient who walks through our doors. Our dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff are dedicated to Houston Methodist’s “I CARE” values of integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in all they do. A warm, healing environment – We deliver patient-focused, family centered care in an environment that is warm, accepting and spiritual. Our beautiful healing garden, open to all patients and guests, serves as a quiet place to pray, relax or reflect. WHY CHOOSE US' When you visit Houston Methodist Willowbrook, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re visiting an exceptional facility that provides the highest quality health care, as evidenced by the following awards and designations: *Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We are one of only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide with this distinction that recognizes hospitals that provide quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice *A hospital safety score of “A” from Leap Frog Group. A score of “A” means our hospital upholds the highest standards for measuring and reporting performance in safety, quality and efficiency *Bariatric Surgery Center accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, which means we follow stringent standards of practice to provide the highest quality care *Primary Advanced Certified Stroke Center designation by Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd, an organization that identifies and certifies hospitals with best practices and outcomes in the care of stroke patients *Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus and Gold Plus Target Honor Roll quality achievement award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for excellence in stroke care *GOLD Fit-Friendly Worksite Award from the American Heart Association for increasing healthy eating options at work, promoting a wellness culture and adhering to a strict tobacco policy *Best Regional Hospital awarded by U.S. News & World Report - No. 7 in Houston and No. 11 in Texas *Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for creating an exceptional working environment where nurses thrive and patient satisfaction is high Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology, awarded to fully accredited breast imaging centers that offer the latest in diagnostic breast health technology *Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack
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18220 TX-249
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