Nursing

        

Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Members

The Role of Chair

  • The Chair of the Registered Nurses’ Council collaborates with the Chief Nurse Executive (CNE), and other leaders in the Centre for Nursing to support the achievement of the strategic vision for Nursing at SickKids
  • The Chair Facilitates RN Council meetings and collaborates with RN Council members to establish goals and objectives
  • Fosters collaborative relationships with organizational stakeholders (i.e. Executive, Directors, Managers and HR)
  • Provides accurate and timely communication to staff nurses
  • Provides leadership for marketing, promotion and public relation functions
  • Contributes to 4 articles for Nursing Matters per year in collaboration with the Vice Chair
  • Coaches the Vice Chair in preparation for assuming the role of the Chair
  • Participates in organizational initiatives, committees, task forces, and working groups as necessary to ensure that the staff nurse role has consideration in the decision making process.
  • Meets regularly with CNE and Associate Chiefs of Nursing to share information on initiatives, projects, and the current state of Nursing at SickKids.
  • Meets regularly with CHS Director, CHS Manager, and Human Resources representatives to share organizational initiatives and challenges in order to develop strategies that meet the needs of Registered Nurses.

The Role of Vice Chair

  • Supports the responsibilities and functions of the Chair
  • Develops facilitation skills
  • Develops collaborative relationships with organizational stakeholders (i.e. Executive, Directors, Managers, and HR)
  • Contributes to the provision of accurate and timely communication to staff nurses
  • Develops leadership skills for marketing, promotion and public relation functions
  • Contributes to 4 articles for Nursing Matters per year in collaboration with the Chair
  • Develops an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Chair
  • Participates in organizational initiatives, committees, task forces, and working groups as necessary to ensure that the staff nurse role has consideration in the decision making process.
  • Meets regularly with CHS Director, CHS Manager, and Human Resources representatives to share organizational initiatives and challenges in order to develop strategies that meet the needs of Registered Nurses.

The Role of Area Representatives

  • Commit to at least 1-year of a 2-year term. To take effect in June 2008
  • Have greater than 1 year experience at SickKids (post orientation). To take effect in June 2008
  • Maintain an FTE > 0.8 To take effect in June 2008
  • To actively participate in RN Council meetings, including an 80% attendance expectation.
  • To facilitate effective communication between nursing colleagues and RN Council.
  • To identify concerns and issues regarding patient/family care and nursing work life in a positive manner, and to prepare strategies for resolution.
  • To act as an area Healthy Workplace Champion.
  • To work in collaboration with CHS Manager and program colleagues in forwarding Nursing Engagement strategies.
  • To seek opportunities to represent the RN Council on organizational committees and ad-hoc task forces and report back to colleagues and RN Council.
  • To participate in the meeting communication process by sharing the responsibility of taking meeting minutes and contributing to agenda items.
  • To meet regularly with CHS Manager to share information (on a minimum monthly basis).
  • To actively participate in unit activities (i.e. meetings, committees, leadership councils) by co-chairing meetings with the CHS Manager or by acting as a standing agenda item to discuss Healthy Workplace updates, Nursing Engagement initiatives, and share RN Council communication/discussion.