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Your Nursing Team

Staff Nurse – The staff nurse plays a key role in ensuring the patient’s needs and preferences are met during their hospital stay.  The staff nurse is responsible for the coordination of patient care and participating in patient/ family education.  As part of your care team, the staff nurse works cooperatively with other team members throughout the hospital to ensure quality of care during your stay.  

Charge Nurse – The charge nurse is an effective resource, role model, mentor and change agent for staff nurses.  This role is primarily responsible for scheduling, patient assignments, the handling of compliments or complaints and participates in patient care whenever necessary.

Clinical Manager – The Clinical Manager is responsible for day-to-day clinical activities within a hospital unit or department.  In addition to administrative functions, clinical managers regularly visit patients during their stay to ensure their needs are being met.

Clinical Educator - The Clinical Educator plays a key role in the development and continuing educations of the bedside nurse. The educator is the leader in quality improvements, evidence based practice and standards of care. In addition, the educator assures competency of the bedside care providers.

Director – The director develops and facilitates short and long-term plans that result in a high quality, team-oriented, patient-focused hospital unit or department.  A Director routinely assesses customer satisfaction, physician satisfaction as well as evaluates and analyzes performance of their staff. Directors are responsible for regular rounding on their departments or units and strive to ensure the all patient and staff needs are met. 

Vice President, Patient Care Services - The Vice President of Patient Care Services serves as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). As a member of the administrative team, the CNO actively participates in planning, policy development, and goal setting for Rush-Copley, and has authority for nursing practice throughout the organization.  The CNO ensures the nursing practice not only meets the overall goals of the medical center, but also is consistent with state laws governing nursing practice.  The CNO ensures that hospital activities result in high quality, culturally astute, team-oriented, and patient-focused services.