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Charge RN Leader - PACU

Req #:  113112
Facility:  Lutheran General Hospital
Department:  Nursing
City:  Park Ridge
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the leading health care provider in Chicago’s North and Northwest suburbs offering a Level I Trauma Center, access to national clinical trials and advanced medical technologies. As a nationally recognized academic and research hospital, patients have access to the most advanced treatment in the areas of cardiology, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics and women’s health. Lutheran General Hospital is a member of Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health care system and one of the nation’s Top 10 Health Care systems.

CHARGE RN LEADER: Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
  • 7:30am-1600pm
  • Mon-Fri
  • Full Time: 80 hours a pay period
  • No call



The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Charge Nurse Leader demonstrates unit operational proficiency and role model’s leadership behaviors that are critical to ensuring efficient unit operations, patient throughput, safety, quality and service. The charge nurse interacts and collaborates with members of the intradisciplinary team to fulfill the requirements of safe patient care, promote teamwork and a positive unit culture.


  • Role model’s professional behaviors, adaptive and collaborative communication style through partnership with other professional within and outside the department.
  • Assigns registered nurses and ancillary personnel to patient care activities; provides for appropriate delegation of patient care tasks
  • Provides for peer accountability through peer coaching for problem solving and measures that promote quality, safety and service through peer coaching
  • Provides for Service Recovery of patient/family concerns and complaints
  • Manages patient delays. Utilizes chain of command when necessary
  • Promotes the recognition of staff accomplishments. Manages up staff to unit management.
  • Assists in the assessment of staff performance through peer review.
  • Addresses unit/staff issues and concerns and promotes problem solving.
  • Assists in conflict resolution through communication of concerns to management.
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and professional behaviors as a representative of Surgical Services
  • Promotes team synergy and staff confidence in the leadership role.
  • Reports unit issues and concerns in a timely manner to Surgical Services Management. These include but are not limited to: team behaviors, associate performance, process and safety issues.
  • Role model’s leadership behaviors and the Advocate Behaviors of Excellence.
  • Provides leadership as an effective change agent through professional accountability while holding others accountable to meeting unit practice, quality, safety, and service standards.
  • Collaborates and establishes partnerships with physician’s other department leaders to ensure quality patient care and seamless transitions of care.
  • Performs other leadership duties as assigned.
  • Directs patient throughput and workflows to promote a safe unit environment and patient satisfaction
  • Assists unit management with the management of unit productivity and unit staffing to meet budgetary targets while ensuring safe patient care
  • Collaborates staffing with other Peri anesthesia Departments
  • Coordinates unit staffing to promote staff involvement in committee, task force, and educational opportunities.
  • In collaboration with Bed Coordination assists in the coordination of patients to the Surgical Hold Unit. Serves as a resource to the Surgical Hold staff.
  • Provides clinical care



  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
  • BSN preferred
  • ADN acceptable with agreement to enroll in BSN completion program in two years to be completed in 5 years
  • Minimum of two years nursing experience required in PACU, Critical Care, or Emergency Room
  • Requires one year charge experience in a post op care environment
  • Certifications/education required for the nursing specialty
  • Current Illinois RN license
  • Current CPR, ACLS maintained
  • Current PALS or obtained within 3 months of hire
  • Good communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to transport objects, patients, and equipment
  • Ability to respond quickly to patient needs and work at fast pace
  • Work environment includes probability of exposure to adverse, hazardous, or unpleasant conditions while caring for the sick
  • Ability to assist in evacuation of patients in the event of a fire or other disaster
  • Routinely works with potentially infectious specimens and patients
  • Ability to respond to patients in a timely manner and access all areas of the unit
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


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About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago