Job Description of a Clinical Nurse Coordinator


A clinical nurse coordinator, also known as a charge nurse, is the registered nurse who oversees clinical care and nursing activities on a specific nursing unit during a designated shift.


  • During his shift, the clinical nurse coordinator implements, supervises and evaluates patient care on his unit. He promotes a safe environment for patients, families, visitors and staff.


  • A clinical nurse coordinator has an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or, preferably, a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN). Her employer may require two or more years of experience and/or certification in a relevant nursing specialty, according to


  • The clinical nurse coordinator serves as the eyes and ears for the nurse manager on a given shift. He makes rounds on patients and staff, leads by example, and serves as a liaison between the unit and other hospital departments.


  • The clinical nurse coordinator role is physically and mentally demanding. She'll spend a good deal of her time walking from one patient area to the next to evaluate situations. A competent clinical coordinator juggles competing demands, uses critical thinking skills and smooths over interpersonal disagreements that arise on her shift.


  • According to, average yearly salaries for clinical nurse coordinators in November 2009 varied from $23,279 to $41,258.

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