Clinical Lead RN - Clinical Transport Team - Duke University Hospital - Military Veterans

at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.


Duke Nursing Highlights:


  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!


Clinical Lead RN – Clinical Transport & Swabbing Team - Duke University Hospital


Duke University Health System- Duke University Hospital seeks to hire an experienced Lead Registered Nurse who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.


Department Profile:

The Clinical Transport Team (CTT) at Duke is an intra-hospital transport team of nurses who strive to deliver exceptional care to ensure an excellent patient experience.  Primary responsibilities include transporting and monitoring of patients to diagnostic or interventional tests when it is not feasible to perform procedures and tests at the bedside utilizing evidence-based mechanisms to reduce adverse events and maintain the level of care that the patient is receiving on the unit itself.  This team focuses on patient’s populations to include Pulmonary, Heart, Respiratory, Renal and more.



  • 40 hours per week
  • Paid biweekly/hourly
  • Eligible for shift differential and overtime  


Job Summary
The Registered Nurse Lead or 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 Registered Nurse Lead or Clinical Lead RN is the first line support for staff, physicians and other related providers on service-specific clinical issues. The Registered Nurse Lead or Clinical Lead RN is generally a long-term role, requiring clinical and interpersonal skills. The Registered Nurse Lead or Clinical Lead RN collaborates with the manager on clinical and non-clinical issues (employee relations, individual behaviors, physician relationships ,etc.). The Registered Nurse Lead or Clinical Lead RN is the support for the unit/department/service when the manager is unavailable. The Registered Nurse Lead or 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 III 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 on going feedback 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.
  • Promotes an atmosphere of open communication that facilitates staffinput 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.
  • 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. 
  • Able to remain focused and organized. 
  • Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients. 
  • Pre-employment Physical Capacity Testing Required.

Minimum Qualifications:



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing required.


  • Three years of experience in nursing practice. 
  • Prefers three years of experience in an ED or Critical Care setting
  • Selected candidates must meet the Clinical Ladder requirements for CNIII within one year of appointment.



Duke 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 essentialjob 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.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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