Clinical Lead, Registered Nurse

North Carolina, United States
13 May 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Occ Summary

The Clinical Lead RN is a role developed to work in coordination with the nursing leadership in an assigned unit or department to ensure the work is accomplished effectively. The Clinical Lead RN is the first line support for staff, physicians and other related providers on service- specific clinical issues. The Clinical Lead RN is generally a long-term role, requiring clinical and interpersonal skills. The Clinical Lead RN collaborates with the manager on clinical and non-clinical issues (employee relations,individual behaviors, physician relationships, etc.). The Clinical Lead RN is the support for the unit/department/service when the manager is unavailable. The Clinical Team Leader is responsible for supervising, directing, coaching and mentoring their assigned core group of staff.

Work Performed

Duties and responsibilities include all those required of the CN IV as well as:

Plan and coordinate clinical requirements for staff and ensure that all CBO and CBE requirements for staff are current.Plan and assist with coordination of unit staff schedules and submit for manager approval. Coordinate clinical requirements with staff regarding equipment and supplies.Consult with preceptors and orientees on a regular basis to provide support and determine how orientation should proceed on an individual basis.Collaborate with the manager for issue resolutions and projects to improve work flow processes throughout the department utilizing a proactive approach.Collaborate with different departments (pharmacy, radiology, lab,registration) to resolve issues and improve work flow processes throughout the department.Collaborate with the nurse managers in the interview process for new applicants.  Mentor/coach staff to enhance their professional development. Assesses the performance of assigned new hires and orientees including entry level nurses,nursing care assistants and health unit coordinators; provides ongoing feed back and coaching.Understand and communicate potential clinical equipment or supply issues to appropriate team members (Materials, Biomed, Sterile Processing,etc). Mentor and monitor the preceptors for all new employees.Provide clinical/education updates and skill check-offs to entire staff on a regular basis.Provides immediate support and education on policy, procedures,equipment and supplies. Responsible for learning, implementing and teaching new technology/procedures.Demonstrates awareness of current problems and basic plan for all patients within assigned area. Provides clinical consultation and guidance as needed to facilitate patient care.Gives assistance and/or direction to staff to facilitate quality patient flow. Assess staffing needs according to workload and staff competency; Re-assigns and adjusts staffing based upon patient care needs. Delegates responsibilities within the scope of practice and validated competencies in order to meet the workload demands of the shift. Facilitates assignments that support learning for the orientee or nurse learner.input into decision-making,resolution of conflict, and collegiality among all health team members. Communicates in an effective, professional manner. Facilitates staff performance audits related to attitude, team performance, The Joint Commission, DFS Standards and SCIP initiatives. Reviews and comments on forwarded SRSs related to their team or shift. Facilitates and encourages staff participation in departmental and hospital committee and council meetings. Promotes an atmosphere of open communication that facilitates staff Attends departmental and hospital committee meetings as assigned. Coordinates, facilitates, participates and directs departmental projects with follow-through and appropriate follow-up. Other projects and duties as directed by the department managers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of scope of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and nursing care assistant

Knowledge of and appropriate application of the nursing process

Knowledge of professional theory, practice and procedure

Ability to assess nursing needs of acute and chronically ill patients and their families

Able to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

Able to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors,healthcare team, physicians,administrators, leadership and others

Able to teach patients and families in accordance with the nursing plan of care

Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up

Able to use fine motor skills

Competent in BLS and/or other specialized life support requirements designated by work area

Able to record activities, document assessments, plan of care,interventions, evaluation and re-evaluation of patient status

Able to use computer and learn new software programs

Able to navigate the entity to provide clinical care for patients

Able to withstand prolonged standing and walking with the ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds

Able to remain focused and organized

Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients

Level Characteristics N/A

Location Durham


Job Family Level F3

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes.

To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing required.


Three years of experience in nursing practice.Selected candidates must meet the Clinical Ladder requirements for CNIII within one year of appointment.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Must have current or compact RN license in the State of North Carolina.BCLS certification is required.