Charge Nurse

Charge Nurse plans, directs, and evaluates the overall nursing care and functions in a particular nursing unit or during an assigned shift. Coordinates the activities of the unit and directs, organizes, and assigns work to the nursing staff. Being a Charge Nurse assesses, monitors, and educates the nursing staff on patient care. Institutes emergency procedures as necessary. Additionally, Charge Nurse requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school. Requires a valid state RN license. Typically reports to a supervisor and/or manager. The Charge Nurse supervises a small group of para-professional staff in an organization characterized by highly transactional or repetitive processes. Contributes to the development of processes and procedures. Thorough knowledge of functional area under supervision. To be a Charge Nurse typically requires 3 years experience in the related area as an individual contributor.

Charge Nurse Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Charge Nurse to join our team.


  • Administers and documents medication, treatment, and procedures in accordance with physician orders and the resident plan of care;
  • Performs resident reviews on admission, monitors the health status on a continuing basis, and documents all findings in the electronic clinical record;
  • Promotes and provides health care teaching to residents;
  • Recommends staffing, equipment, and needed supplies to the Director or Assistant Director of Nursing;
  • Assists supervisory staff with finding nursing staff coverage;
  • Willingness to perform all other duties as assigned by the Administrator, Director of Nursing, or Assistant Director of Nursing;
  • Observes and reports any changes in the resident’s mental, physical, or emotional condition to the immediate supervisor;
  • Provides nursing care following established nursing service objectives and standards;
  • Ensures that all safety and infection control practices are followed;
  • Evaluates and counsels staff as necessary;
  • Distributes and documents medications (including narcotics) according to established standards and regulations;
  • Complete documentation on each individual resident as required to reflect the care provided as well as the resident’s response to the care;
  • Receive verbal orders from attending/alternate physician and transcribe;
  • Responds to emergency situations;
  • Ensures that required documentation is complete and is in compliance with regulations and standards.


  • Basic Computer skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and make sound nursing decisions within scope of practice;
  • Possess leadership skills;
  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace;
  • Must be a supportive team member, contribute to and be an example of team work and team concept;
  • Detail OrientedExperience in skilled nursing/or sub-acute care setting preferred, but not required;
  • Able to exert 50-100 pounds of force to assist in resident transfers;
  • Able to bend, kneel, squat, stand, and lift heavy objects as needed;
  • Excellent customer service focus;
  • Knowledge of state and local regulations regarding long term care;
  • Genuine desire to work with the elderly and/or disabled;
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language;
  • Must possess a current, unencumbered, active license to practice as an RN in this state;
  • Must possess leadership and supervisory ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel;
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.