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Charge Nurse


This is a Contract position in Sarnia, ON posted November 20, 2022.

The successful applicant will work in compliance with all relevant and applicable legislation and Hospital Policies and Procedures, will practice the Bluewater Health Standards of Performance Excellence and will fulfill their role within the Attendance Support Program parameters. The successful applicant will also possess effective communication and interpersonal skills, will have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and will have strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Each member of Bluewater Health is called to embrace patient and family-centred care in its fullest form. This includes using techniques and strategies to communicate “I care and I respect you,” providing information in a way patients and families can understand, listening to patients and families to learn what an exemplary healthcare experience means to them, and seeking their perspective throughout their stay and during improvement initiatives.

Nursing is a self-regulated profession governed through the College. A nurse is responsible for practicing in accordance with the standards of the profession, and for keeping current and competent throughout his/her nursing career (College of Nurses of Ontario, 2009).


• Current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario – required
• BScN – required
• Cardiac care course – required
• BCLS – Required
• ACLS preferred
• LEAN methodology – white belt (completed within the last 2 years)- preferred
• Completion of a leadership/management course within the last 2 years – preferred
• NVCI completed within the last 2 years- required
• GPA- preferred
• Member of RNAO preferred
• RNAO Best Practice Champion preferred

Skill, Ability and Experience:

• A minimum of three to five (3-5) years recent experience within the surgical program – required
• Recent experience as a unit leader or other leadership experience – required
• Proven leadership skills as evident through involvement and participation in nursing committees and initiatives – required
• Ability to apply critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution and prioritization skills to nursing duties – required
• Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills – required
• Demonstrated ability build sustainable partnerships and collaborative working relationships – required
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships – required
• Demonstrated ability to fulfil role within Attendance Support Program parameters- required
• Proficient with electronic documentation and Microsoft Office – required
• Experience with Stay Track/Oculys preferred

Principal Duties:

• Participate and coordinate daily operations, problem solving, staff orientation, quality coordination, resources utilization, budgetary control, safety and related duties specific to the unit.
• Act as a leader, coach, mentor, resource and positive role model for all staff and students and interdisciplinary colleagues
• Participates in developing unit standards that are evidence-based, and comply with the College of Nurses’ standards and Bluewater Health’s standards
• Completes daily staff assignment according to patient needs, continuity of care and priorities of the unit
• Maintains a continuous flow of up-to-date information between physicians, patients/families, nursing staff, other health care professionals and hospital departments as well as community partners as appropriate
• Attends daily bed meetings and facilitates interdisciplinary rounds on unit
• Collaborates with interdisciplinary team in developing and implementing treatment and discharge plans
• Meets daily with the Program Manager to review all patient care activities, patients’ and condition/status, staff scheduling issues, any issues or concerns that affect the integrity of the Unit, patients or staff
• Monitor bed assignment to accommodate needs of the patients/unit in accordance with BWH bed Management Policy
• Co-ordinates with Patient Flow Team daily
• Responsible for delivering care (i.e. assist on unit/patient assignment) when required
• Responsible for monitoring and completing RL6 Risk/Feedback files when required
• Completes continuing education requirements as necessary
• Assists Program Manager to implement of unit goals and objectives including facilitating quality improvement initiatives
• Participates in various committees such as Staff Meetings, Unit Based , surgical program council etc

Selection will be made on the basis of skill, ability, experience and qualifications as per Article 10.07 of the ONA Collective Agreement