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he Assistant Patient Care Manager is responsible for assisting the Patient Care Manager with clinical management and administrative coordination of a designated patient care unit(s) or service(s). The position supports the Patient Care Manager in promoting the achievement of the unit(s)' goals and objectives. This position works in a supportive manner as a resource for the patient care unit(s) and as a representative for the Patient Care Manager. Typically assigned responsibility for supervising patient care staff and operations for an assigned shift for a patient care unit(s) and/or for coordinating one or more administrative functions as assigned by the Patient Care Manager, ensuring consistent implementation and monitoring of organizational policies and standards of care, their work involves a combination of clinical (patient care) and administrative responsibilities. The Assistant Patient Care Manager provides consistent and timely information and feedback to the Patient Care Manager and is responsible for knowledge and application of all personnel policies and requirements of the collective bargaining agreements. Assistant Patient Care Managers differ from Patient Care Managers in that the latter are unit managers with total responsibility and accountability for one or more patient care units or services. Essential Functions Assists in the performance of the operational aspects of a designated unit(s) while providing mentoring and leadership support to the unit(s) staff; supervises the provision of quality, therapeutic and cost-effective patient care in accordance with standards of practice, hospital protocols, policies and procedures, and desired patient outcomes. Assists Patient Care Manager in administrative/management functions and assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Patient Care Manager as delegated and/or in the case of absence. Coordinates and directs the unit(s) patient care operations for an assigned shift, acting on behalf of the Patient Care Manager. Facilitates orientation, training and ongoing staff development; assists in coaching, developing and corrective action of personnel as appropriate; participates in ongoing and annual evaluation of employee performance. Facilitates the effective delivery of competent, compassionate care by monitoring and evaluating patient care processes and outcomes to facilitate smooth workflow and desired outcomes on the patient care unit(s). Interprets to staff the application and implementation of the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the unit(s), department, and organization; communicates expectations and monitors staff performance. Participates in unit goal and program planning, development, and evaluation of programs and special projects as assigned; participates in and supports continuous quality, process, and performance improvement and risk management programs at the unit(s) level. Provides competent and compassionate patient care (appropriate to age and condition of the patient), serving as a role model and mentor; and assists with unit workload. Serves as a liaison to the Patient Care Manager. Minimum Qualifications Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university. Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience. License/Certification: CA Registered Nurse (RN).
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